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Ah, time flies when your busy. So what has been happening in the second half of 2015 i hear you ask…

Well I was flat chat working on works to be presented up in Mildura as part of the emerging artist exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial. This was a massive undertaking as i produced six screen prints resulting in around a hundred artworks as each one had an individually painted background.

Below: My install at Deakin 25, Mildura for APTmildura.

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On top of this i took part in Boom Gallery’s pop up gallery at Austin’s Winery as a part of toast to the coast. I also spent a fair bit of time putting together a mural for Deakin University where i was collaborating and mentoring young Jack Herd.

Below: Alfred Deakin mural at Deakin University, waterfront campus.

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towards the end of the year also got my hands on a copy of Street Art Australia by Lou Chamberlin, which has a few street pieces of mine included. It is a really great book if your into Aussie street art. See it below:

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and following this saw the year out with the Boom Christmas Show, a Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press as well as their christmas exhibition ‘Wrap Up’. So basically i have been pretty busy. I also finished up at my old job teaching high school and have taken up a new position teaching Cert/Diploma level courses…so that is exciting.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy christmas and new year, and stay tuned for an exciting 2016.

Cheers,

NF

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Well it seems the last time I updated here was early January…not sure where Feb, March and April went?! Where does the time go?

Oh well…so what is new…

I have moved out of the Factory 21 studios into a new bigger studio…G-Cubed Studio.

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So the move took some time over Jan, but we got there and the new space is now decked out and looking sweet. (Big props to Boom Gallery for fitting it out for us.)

The Powerhouse kicked off in Geelong at KNS, the old power station in North Geelong. I did a few pieces out there including a street based version of the Ritz as a straight up stencil.(Amazing piece by Adnate in the background!)

 

I took part in Summer Projects 2 at Boom Gallery pushing out some new graphic prints of urban scenes. I also got to show a colab I did with JoanneKemerer…being the tagged up head that she sculpted titled. ‘defaced’.

10841854_319041318305737_6403778465329185280_oMy Ritz install at the Geelong Gallery finally came down after its extension. This was to mixed views…it seems people are going to miss it and wanted to see it it stay. But keeping in true form with street art, it was always going to be ephemeral. What goes up must come down. Thanks Geelong Gallery for having me.

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Now we are well into the year, I just took part in Geelong After Dark last week doing a projection from Oxide Gallery in McLarty Place. It was a quick project…but it went off seamlessly once set up, which is always good. Thanks to Sue for the opportunity to base myself in her gallery, and Lou for adding me to the website at short notice. Note to self…must do paperwork!

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Recently, I had my artwork featured on a wine label by Livewire Wines.(Image pinched from their insta…Thx Livewire Wines!). Haven’t got my hands on one yet, but i have had their wines before and they are very good…and this one is largely organic with just a small amount of sulphur for bottling. So one not to be missed. I think Union Street Wine bar are stocking it locally to Gtown, or contact Anthony at Livewire directly to get your hands on it.

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On top of this I have some work in the next Boom Gallery exhibition…a stable group show(two solo shows opening the same night too!), opening Friday 15/5 at 5:30…so come along if your free. I have something new and a bit different for me on show around the theme of water…and a big work too.

I currently also have a few murals on the go in the background which could get the go ahead at any stage…but I will talk more once they are in real motion. So stay tuned.

I have another little solo exhibition ‘Zone 1’ coming up in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press in the second fortnight in June(Starts on the 16th). After the last show basically sold out…yay! I got the call back. So fingers crossed it goes well again. It is an inner Melbourne focus for the work this time, with areas that I have been very familiar with over the years or lived in.

Flyer below:

PJP DL flyer mockup 2015And in final news…only public last week. I have been selected as one of 15 emerging artists from around the country to take part in a series of exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial in Mildura set for October this year. This was a real honour if you go over and have a look at the line-up.

So it looks like it is going to be a busy year ahead as well…while still working 5 days a week!

So lets see what develops next.

Thanks for the ongoing support,

NF

 

 

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Well, what can I say. 2014 was a massive year! Below is the round-up…I hope you enjoy the flashback, and thanks for coming along on the ride.

So apart from working full time with two jobs…(NY Resolution…work smarter not harder.)

I had a successful solo exhibition down at Boom Gallery in Geelong…Boom also signed me up for representation during the year which is great for having a regular exhibition outlet…and they are always really supportive of me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Above: Territory Exhibition shot

I also had a solo exhibition/installation in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press(This nearly sold out!), this was the first time exhibiting back in Melbs since maybe 2012…so good to be back in town.

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I produced a 15m x 5m paste-up installation at the Geelong Gallery that had a lead in of 12 months from start to finish, this was my biggest and most ambitious work to date. I completed it over 5 days on site as a residency. geelong gallery install dec

Above: #RitzHeritageOverlay in the foyer of the Geelong Gallery

I did the Chrissy Amphlett Mural for the City of Greater Geelong, which landed me on the front page of the Geelong Advertiser…that was a strange experience! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and co-ordinated ten artists to work with to create a 30m Paste-Up installation titled ‘Ctrl+V’ on the hoardings around the new Geelong Library/Heritage centre site for COGG. A big day with a spectacular result and amazing effort from all involved. ctrlv overview Along with all this I took part in a few groups shows including ‘Page-Print-Post’ at the Post Master Gallery in Ballarat, ‘Artistic Intervention’ at Red Door Café, ‘Unhindered Abstractions’ at Shearer’s Arms Gallery and Boom’s ‘Christmas Show’…oh, nearly forgot..also worked on a colab mural at One World Childcare Centre and was one of the artists on the installation for the Mountain to Mouth event in Steampacket Gardens on the waterfront. I finished up the year selling one of my biggest framed works to date and knocking up a few artworks out at Geelong’s newest art venue(well officially a venue now…always was under the radar! KNS), Powerhouse Geelong. Stay tuned for more on this amazing site… powerhouse 14 It was a hard year, but a rewarding one. Thanks to all those who have been supportive over the year…especially my beautiful partner who is always helping in the background and who I couldn’t do what I do without her support.

I hope you all had a good year during 2014, a great Christmas and a safe and happy NYE.

Take care of the ones you love and all the best for 2015!

Cheers, NF

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Well it has been a little while since I have updated here. I have been consumed by working my day job and now a new second job writing the course content and getting it certified for a training organisation. On top of this I am working towards a large solo exhibition ‘Territory’ coming up in August at Boom Gallery in Geelong where I have made about 80 works over the last 12 months with about 60 odd to go on show. All are welcome, so come along and have a look on opening night, say hi and enjoy the art.

The opening night is on Friday the 8th August and there are a couple of concurrent exhibitions opening the same night in the gallery for Casper Raglus and Dave Bowers.

See the flyer below for further info…

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Hmm…So what else is new…

This weekend just gone I spent up in Ballarat as I had the Altered State assemblage book that I put together a year or so back on display as a part of ‘Page.Print.Post: 50 Years of Artists Books’. The exhibition looked amazing with over 500 books by artists covering printmaking, assemblage, political books and zines. So there is something for pretty much anyone interested in artists books. The highlights for me were seeing a box of work by David Dellafiora (Field Study international) who also opened the exhibition, Seeing a beautiful book made by Chuck Close as well as Sunset Strip by Ed Rushca. But there was too much great stuff to mention…so I suggest you get up to Ballarat and see the show at Post Office Gallery (Open wed – Sat 10 -4pm).

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Above: Altered State Artists Assemblage Book

Below: Post Office Gallery Overview

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Below: Artists Book by Chuck Close

Bottom: Exhibition Flyer

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On a different front I completed the ID:5G mural Project for the City of Greater Geelong. I painted Chrissie Amphlett as a tribute about a year to the day after her passing. I got some awesome feedback, the image went a little viral online getting nearly 2000 likes and the work even landed me on the front covers of both the Geelong Advertiser and the Geelong News. The stencil was a massive 3x3m six layer effort.

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Above: Close Up of Chrissie

Below: Mural Overview – Denny’s Lane Geelong (Next to Beav’s Bar)

Bottom: Addy Front cover

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Apart from this I have been spending a bit of time developing my audience on a new platform with my new Facebook page. Click on the link and come across and show me some FB love if you feel like it! ( facebook.com/nofrillsart )

Oh and I just realized that I didn’t post any of the Ctrl+V pics on her as yet so here are a couple from the project. The first picture is me putting up my image of the shell refinery, and below is a shot of the other works by the ten artists I was coordinating(Oops…one artwork is missing in this picture still), and their works in situ on the hoardings around the new Geelong Library and Heritage centre site.

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Secret Project…Shhh! I also have a big project in the wings as we speak, but I am currently not in the position to announce it, but stay tuned for big news around Sept this year for the announcement and Nov for work to begin. Seeing as I can’t tell you too much more about this yet, here is a sneak peak at one of my latest artworks for my upcoming solo exhibition. Rumour has it since I have created this artwork these shops have been knocked down…or earmarked to get demolished which is sad and poignant.

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So I guess you can see that I have been pretty flat chat which is why the updates have been a little on the quiet side. I think I have enough work on the go at the moment that the next break will most likely not be till Christmas…where I am looking forward to sitting around relaxing and not have to do anything.

Hope life is treating you all well!

NF

 

 

 

 

 

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This weekend myself and a bunch of other artists will be transforming the hoardings around the Geelong Library site in Johnston Park with large format Paste Ups. So if you are in the area pop by and say hi and have a look. Also on at the same time and location is Figment a participatory arts event, so there should be lots to do and see.

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In other news last weekend I was out in Inverleigh for ‘The Intervention’ festival. I was spray painting white rabbits around town. The rabbits had a map running through them of the highway through Inverleigh, with the location pin used as the eye. The concept related to bringing street art to a rural area with the white rabbit used as an Alice in Wonderland reference to ‘I’m Late!’ with the perception of time management in the city versus the country. The rabbit being white also symbolised colonisation in Australia, and was chosen as rabbits as an introduced pest in this country were released between Inverleigh and Winchelsea. There was a bunch of other stuff going on including a shrink wrapped tractor, inflatables, robots, printmaking workshops, sauce making…you name it.

rabbit 1Above: Under the bridge into town

Below: Main street at the bus stop

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And I had some of my stencils in the Red Door Cafe who were hosting the event.

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How cool is that Mirror piece by Mark Cuthbertson on the right?! Oh and below is the afore mentioned shrink wrapped tractor also by Mark Cuthbertson…cool huh!

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And on a positive note I just sold these two large ‘A0’ pieces that I was working on for my upcoming show in August. They are at the framers now…can’t wait to see them all framed up in float frames for the customer. Woot!

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oh…I am now also officially represented by Boom Gallery, so that is a big step forward for my art. And i started a Facebook page…I can be found by searching Glen Smith- Artist. Go check it out and show me some love with a like or a share. Thanks! 😉

Stay tuned the next few months I have heaps on!

Cheers,

NF

 

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Recently, I worked on a large street art inspired mural with artist Glenn Fry at One World Child Care Centre. Having been friends for a long time, G2 and I had not yet collaborated on any projects of this nature and it was a fun opportunity to be able to do this together. A big thanks also must go out to our assistants Tom Armstrong, Darren Wescombe and Patricia Wade who made the day go super smoothly. Also a big props to Kitty the owner of One World for her foresight to commission a mural for the kids that is a lot more edgy than what you would normally expect to see in an environment such as this. It was a fun day and I think all parties were happy with the results and the starting point for the wall. Hopefully it inspires the kids making art on the streets of the next generation!!!

Below is a panorama shot of the entire mural along with a few shot of my components in the mural.

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Above: Panorama Overview shot

Below: Kids artworks that I made into a large stencils

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Below: Laneway Paste up for a little authenticity

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Bird Stencils

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And my dalmatian stencil…

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This artwork is forming the base for the wall and will be added to by both the kids and Glenn Fry as he will be doing an artists’ residency at the venue. It has since had a wash over the wallpaper section and Darren has done some airbrushing in one section…I look forward to see how it evolves over time!

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Recently, I have been working on a large scale paste up collaboration with artist Darren Wescombe(Darren Wescombe illustrations on FB). We were asked to interpret Daniel Longo’s image (See fringe advert down below) that he produced for the Geelong Fringe Festival. Darren and I have very different styles with Darren using illustration as opposed to my collage based images…however I think we tied them together really well.

courthouse arts paste upAbove: Aerial View of the foyer

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Above: Overview shot of the full paste up (5 x 1.2 metres)

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Above: Paste up detail shot – Centre Panel

Below: Daniel Longo’s Image for the 2013 Geelong Fringe Festival

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And while I am mentioning the Geelong Fringe get on down to Courthouse Arts to see some of the awesome events on offer over the festival. More info and bookings at courthousearts.org.au

peace out!

NF

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I have  new solo exhibition opening this Friday at Boom Gallery in Geelong. So if your free from 5:30 – 8 pm pop in and have look at the new artworks and have a nice glass of wine and a chat.

Click on the flyer for larger details or visit www.boomgallery.com.au

(or find them on Facebook).

Hope to see you all there!

Cheers,

NF

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Att: Press Release: 

What:                        ‘Local’ a contemporary art exhibition

Who:                          By Geelong based artist Glen Smith

Where:                     Boom Gallery, 11 Rutland Street, Newtown Geelong

( Regular Gallery Hours:     Wed – Sat      9:30 – 4:00pm )

“ Local ” by Glen Smith

25 July – 17 August 2013

(Opening: Fri. 26th July 5:30 – 8pm    –    All Welcome)

Why/Synopsis:

Local is a new exhibition by artist Glen Smith. Grungy street art inspired urban environments and skylines captured in their full illuminated glory. Artworks that are specific in their Geelong locations, yet captured in a glimpsing manner allowing for both familiarity for the locals with their intimacy of the physical locations, while also creating broader associations of inner city environments for a wider audience base through the use of common urban symbology, architecture and constructs. Through portraits of places, street scenes, fleeting snapshots and panoramas, ‘Local’ captures the very nature of the inner city of Geelong and the general atmosphere of ones surroundings when living in a contemporary cityscape.

Physically the work borrows its aesthetics heavily from the streets that it aims to capture, with urban/street art traits and techniques inspiring and informing the paintings through stencilling, spray painting and various contemporary print techniques. Metaphorically, the artworks are Psychogeographic, mapping the artist’s personal environment and his day-to-day travels instilled with memories, associations and experiences. On a Philosophical level, the works geo-tag Smith’s daily life while depicting the beauty of his urban travels and views about the beauty inherent in the entropy of his environment. All captured at street level.

Local can refer to familiar places or a state of mind. It can be a positive or a negative. It may mean home to some while others see it as an anaesthetic. However you view local, be it favourably or otherwise we are all locals somewhere.

Contact:               0417555101 /   0428305639

or Email:           info@boomgallery.com.au

Further Info:         www.boomgallery.com.au

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Currently the Eureka Hotel is in the process of getting a massive street art makeover by some of Melbourne’s best street artists. The artists working on the project are HaHa, Vexta, Kaffine, Drew Funk, Shida, Klara, Lucy Lucy, s-701a, and a bunch more. Somehow I was  lucky enough to also manage to get an invite to come along and be a part of it. The first order of business for myself was to do a massive 3 metre high bear on the front of the venue.

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Below are a bunch of process shots of the bear getting done.

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and a few process shots of some of the other artists at work.

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Above: Ha Ha hard at work

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Above: Kaffine in the cigar bar

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and finally Lucy Lucy sketching out a drawing for a colab with Kaffine. In my opinion this ended up being the best piece in the venue when completed.

More finished pix to come after opening night(29th June…this saturday!)…So get the word out and come have a look at some awesome street art.

NF

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Well April has come and gone in no time. But it has been a fairly productive month.

The Game of Kings project that I was involved in a few years back, conceived by Simon Sherry and written by Danny Nolan has finally made it into book form. Below are some pictures of the book and the pages with my artwork. It is a beautiful book with tons of awesome artists involved as well as some stunning artwork for those into the fantasy art genre.

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The book is available here: Game of Kings book

While I am on books, Altered State the artists book that I spent much of last year coordinating has been finished and I have started to get the books out to those who took part(Some still to come!). It has taken me a while to get a few photos together. But here are a few and i’m sure you would agree that the final book was stunning with about thirty artists producing editions of 50 pages each…all hand altered! So each book becomes a beautiful one off artwork in essence. This project was an exchange project so no books are available for sale. A big thanks to David Dellafiora for helping to realize this project!

Altered State documentation

Artists pages displayed above include: 7U?, Luke Cornish(E.L.K.), Rona Green, Anthony Lister & Regan Tamanui(HaHa).

In other news I have been busy working on a new series of paintings after my short break and have about a dozen new works done which I will reveal a little further down the track. On another tangent one of my works has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 150th Queenscliffe Anniversary Art Prize. It made the cut from over two hundred entries which is always a nice feeling!

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The Award is being judged by Geoffrey Edwards, Director of the Geelong Gallery; Susan McCulloch, writer, publisher and curator; and Anne Virgo, Director of the Australia Print Workshop in Melbourne. The opening and awarding of the $5000 Open Art Acquisitive Award will be at Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliffe on Saturday 4 May at 2pm. If your in the area or want a nice day out in Queenscliffe come down for a few wines and see some art from artists from all across Australia. My artwork will be on display at Seaview Gallery in Hesse St in Queenscliffe.

The other finalists include:

Paul Barton, Violeta Capovska, Michelina J Di Mauro, Kathy Fahey, Peter Ferguson, Tarli Glover, Kate Gorringe-Smith, PJ (Peter John) Hickman, Anita Iacovella, Debra Jackson, Gabrielle Jones, Katherine Marmaras, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Scott, Judi Singleton, Bridgit Thomas, Pip Williams, Yvonne Boag, Patrick Brady, James Caffyn, John Druce, Deborah Fisher, Brett Jackson, David Jarman, Joshua McCrimmon, Glen Smith, Jan Stickland, Phil Sutter, Anne Tompson, Sisca Verwoert, Leigha White, Margie Balazic, Mark Cairns, Darin Frankpitt, Paul Ingham, John McClumpha, John Madsen, Soula Mantalvanos, Helen Martin, Jo Reitze, Stephen Singline, Keith Smith, Paul Snell, Dennis Sonogan, Anne Spudvilas, Susan Sutton, Joel Wolter.
On that note fingers crossed for a win(Not very likely! But you never know…),

And until next time,

NF

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Yesterday while in Melbourne I popped into the Blender Studios to say hi and stayed around for Trails…a melbourne tradition and a fun night of drawing. Always a worthwhile session if your about when its on. It took place in the new Silent Army Storeroom a zine/small press outlet put together by Michael Fikaris. One of the warm ups we did to get people to be a bit looser and have fun was a surrealist drawing type of game of Chinese Whispers. Each artist had five minutes to do a drawing then would flash the drawing for five seconds to the person next to them to redraw within a minute, this repeated until all players had drawn a variation of all other artist’s artworks. Make sense? Well we found it complex too…especially after a few drinks!

Anyway below are the images (In sequence) based on my drawing of a skull made out of worms…

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Above: My Drawing

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Ha Ha

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Unknown Artist

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Shida

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Blomtrog

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Braddock

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Not a bad way to get 81 drawings from 9 people in ten or fifteen minutes!

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I also can’t leave the Blender without leaving my mark…

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And finally the other bit of recent news is we have adopted a new little Birman kitten/cat from the animal shelter. She has been a fairly sick little one having an epileptic fit, issues walking as well as being fairly under nourished…but she is so cute, and has starting to settle in gained 500 gms in the last week alone showing a healthy appetite.

So say hi to Audrey…

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I recently went and saw the amazing Herakut exhibition in Melbourne. Previously, I had only seen the work by the German duo online and was very excited to see their work in the flesh…and i wasn’t disappointed. The work was amazing with a blend of beautiful people and animal mask/spirits. They beautifully blend the urban art aesthetic with hyper-realism. Definitely two artists(Hera & Akut) well worth looking up if you haven’t come across them.

Below are a few shots from the Metro exhibition…

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And below is also one of their street works in Union Lane in the Melbourne CBD, that they left as a small gift for the Melbourne punters as a part of their ‘Giant Storybook Project’. It looks awesome in the flesh!

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As well as a few shots of their studio while they were in old Melbourne town for the Metro Show.

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Also while i’m doing a little blog update, below are a few of my new works on found objects…

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Preoccupied – 15x15cms – Mixed Media on Found object

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Skeleton Scissors – 22×45 cms – Mixed Media on found object

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The End is Near (Refuse Edition) – 10×15 cms – Mixed Media on found object

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As well as a little stencil that I have just done using a new technique i’m working with at the moment.

I’m slowly starting to settle into the new studio!

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Until next time…Go check out Herakut and take it easy.

enjoy!

NF

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Well I though a round up was in order as 2012 has been a big year. It started off with a few lows in terms of a broken arm, relationship issues and the major one being the death of my mother. But over the course of the year there has also been many positives as well. A new relationship has taken off and bloomed…looking promising for the future. My Dad and I have become closer after spending more time together since my mum’s passing and my arm seems to be all fixed allowing my artwork to step up a level with my solo show and artistic work habits in general.

On the Art front I sold over 18 pieces in my solo exhibition and another in the christmas show at Boom Gallery. So I am pretty happy with my progress on that front. I have just moved into a new studio down the road from the gallery where I show at, and I am just starting to settle in(see studio pic below!).

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Speaking of artwork I also had a few pieces in the Munro Rooms closing exhibition. It was sad to see it close but this seems to be the pattern with Artist Run Spaces…but its a cycle so something else will rise up. At least the Mayan calendar was wrong and it was only the gallery finishing and not the end of the world!

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I recently took part in my first Free Art Friday Geelong (Find it on facebook), where you are encouraged to place an artwork out somewhere in public on a friday for someone to find and keep(or destroy!) for free. I like the idea a lot, its kinda like street art without the risk! But more so it reminds you that art is about the process of making and sharing your work with others…not just selling artwork which people get too caught up in. For the record, I don’t hold it against people wanting to make a living with their art at all…but if your not at that point in your artistic career don’t let that be your only measure. That is all i’m saying! The artwork disappeared pretty quickly…but stay tuned for more in 2013.

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Anyway I think that is enough for one sitting. So I hope you all had a merry christmas and ate too much with you family or loved ones. Have a fun and safe New Years and see you all in 2013!

enjoy!

NF

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These little stencils of mine have started popping up around Melb. this week…

…and a couple of overview shots in situ.

I think the end is near for the old cathode rays also…

and below how the stencil translates into one of my new paintings on canvas.

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Recently I had the privilege of working with a group of boys from Afghanistan on a Stencil/Paste Up workshop. After getting past the initial stage of figuring out the level of language skills, which to my surprise was very high considering the boys had only been in the country for about six months, we spent two days focusing on urban art. Day one we created a series of tags, as names were a common denominator between myself and the participants. Then we created a series of poster designs using both English and Darhi/Pashto and undertook a paste up session on the community centre where we were working. On the second day we worked our way through creating stencils which we then applied to T-Shirts. I think this was the session that gained the most positive response…then again who doesn’t like to get their hands on spray cans?

The Cloverdale Community Centre went to the effort of ensuring some Middle Eastern food was available for the lunches, which was delicious. And in the ten or more years of undertaking public workshops this was the most polite group that I have ever worked with…

So a big thanks to all those who took part!

Above: Participants with the paste up Below: One of my paste ups at the centre

 

Above: Stencil in progress      Below: One of the finished T-Shirts

In other news I have a piece of Art in the show opening below. It opens soon at Boom Gallery, so if your about get on down for the opening!

Enjoy!

NF

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