14th nov 2001
Melbourne attempted summer in October but has dropped back to Autumn
mode this month. My home town is as excellent and unpredictable as
ever. I have begun a series of drawings that deal with fuzzy geography,
mobility, routes and being pleasantly lost. The latter I am rather
familiar with. Whilst drawing over summer I also rekindle old
friendships and prepare for exhibitions in 2002. The first show will
open Saturday 18.30(6.30 pm) on 2/2/2002 Rotunda Gallery 195 Suriwongse
Road. Bangkok. Thailand.
Manila and Melbourne shows are planned for April and September. I hope
to set up a studio once again in S.E. Asia for the first half of 2002.
Myanmar is a possibility but first I must survive the Australian
bar-b-que frenzy over the festive season. My next communique will be in
January on my way to Thailand.
5th oct 2001
During late September I travelled to New York and L.A visiting major
galleries as well as commercial spaces. My flight from Washington to
N.Y. flew me directly over the damaged site of the world trade center.
Not a pretty site. N.Y and indeed all America is deeply scarred.
It is now October and I have returned to Australia, first stop is
Sydney where I shall try to re-acclimatize to a relaxed southern
hemisphere mode of living. My next studio space will most likely be in
Castlemaine Victoria where I intend to work until the end of the year.
Then in 2002...?????
14th aug 2001
Amsterdam is in summer mode, excitable and ultra busy in the centre.
Locals are all leaving for their holidays while the tourists are
flooding in. I have given myself a little break here after the past
year of numerous exhibitions and much of travel. I consider further
shows in S E Asia and also here in Europe. Visits to Berlin and
Barcelona are on the agenda to see galleries and assorted friends. To
complete my time in Europe I will plant myself north of Barcelona on
the outskirts of Ripoll in a studio/residency run by a Scottish artist.
Johnny McGuinness has many years of travel, teaching and art under his
belt so the man is a fine host for anyone interested in a cosy Spanish
sort of artistic retreat in the foothills of the Pyrennes Mountains.
28th may 2001
My Amsterdam and Paris exhibitions are both up and running. The
Antarctic theme both confuses and entices the gallery visitors. Two
recent works entitled BASE have been very well recieved. Finally Spring
has arrived in Europe so some warmth is to be found. Museums, cafes,
gardens and various sites are filling up with people while I stay
rather busy in the studio working on new ideas and planning a short
trip to London. Before I know it my time at this excellent Paris studio
will end then I relocate to Amsterdam to consider my next move.
20th apr 2001
Settling into the Cite' Internationale des Arts has been simple as my
studio in the complex is ideal. I am working on a small series of
Antarctic works to possibly show here in Paris or perhaps Amsterdam.
This month will be spent in the studio hard at work preparing for the
two shows. Late May and June I hope to be able to have a good look
around the Paris galleries and museums. Springtime in Paris for me is
unstable weather and solitary studio time.....far from romantic.
26th mar 2001
My time in Asia is almost over. The last three months in China were
spent primarily in two studios collecting and creating new ideas and
new art works. During March my studio was on Lamma Island, close to
Hong Kong Island but far less smog to drag-on. I will miss the
stunningly elegant bank of China skyscraper, the aroma of insence
wafting out of tiny temples and drinking dragon fruit juice under the
gaudy neon of Wan Chai. I may even miss the not so lovely skysraper
delightfully nicknamed "the building of 1000 arseholes". Time to
relocate to Paris now for the European exhibitons.
28th jan 2001
The Chinese lunar new year has arrived in Hong Kong, sadly too much
smog and fog to really enjoy the fireworks display but celebrations
certainly went on as usual. Farewell Dragon and hello year of the
Snake. My exhibition here has another 2 weeks to go at John Batten
gallery. The Antarctic theme has intrigued those who have visited so
far and the press have also come to the party. January has seen me 25
storeys high in a temporary studio working on an assortment of
pictures, from large banners to small drawings on handmade vietnamese
Asialink has kindly decided to fund my time in Hong Kong with a grant
enabling me to rent a good studio and focus totally on my artwork. I
shall be spending a part of February visiting galleries and cities in
the region. March will see me in total studio mode creating a new body
of work to be possibly shown in Paris or Amsterdam. This Asialink
project is supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council, the
Federal Goverments arts funding and advisory body.
10th jan 2001
i have reached Hong Kong. The Antarctica S.S.S.S.S.I. exhibition opened
on the 6th jan. with a fine short speech c/o the Australian Consulate
General. I search for a studio here in this manic magacity. The thick
smog and constant jack hammer street music is a little exhausting but
Hong Kong certainly can keep me visually happy for a while. I hope to
visit mainland China but first must plant myself somewhere, somehow,