Category Archives: Contemporary Art

John Lovett – the magic of watercolours

Welcome to the magical world of atmospheric landscapes, contoured buildings and beautiful bricks walls. John Lovett’s watercolour paintings present a delicate, and yet a stately, expression of the world seen through this artist’s experienced eye. Colours sing off the paper and the allusive forms in paint, ink and pencil emerge in perfectly balanced compositions. The… Read More »

Zygmunt Libucha: master of the female form

From time to time we all need to experience something that connects us to the raw essence of life. Throughout art history the female nude has been a quintessential subject for artists and sculptors. As artists re-imagine the subject of the Nude, it is comforting to know that right here in Australia there is an… Read More »

Artist’s stylistic ‘fingerprint’

What gives an artist their style? Or whatever it is we call ‘style’ – those distinguishing characteristics which we may or may not be able to put into coherent words. That distinguishing mark that sets one artist apart from others is what every artist searches for in their work. The perfect blend of skill, personality… Read More »

At art’s disposal

The current technology available to museums and art galleries allows artists, curators and exhibition designers to push artistic boundaries further and further. Installation is the art craze of the 21st century, and exhibitions around the world are bursting with explorations of colour, light, sound, touch and smell. But it is when these senses work together,… Read More »

Is old art still relevant?

I’ve always been an advocate for a complete education – proper understanding of your subject, its history, and appreciation of all of its aspects. From this perspective, all art historians should learn and understand the various mediums of art making. If we are critiquing and researching artworks, we should have an appreciation of the labour… Read More »

Ballet Preljocaj – art made on stage

Snow White’s dark magic forces the innocence to push through obstacles of more than the reality of life. It is haunting; full of raw emotions. This is art made on stage. Admittedly, I had high expectations for Ballet Preljocaj. Contemporary ballet from one of France’s most acclaimed companies, combined with the costume designs by Jean… Read More »

Italy in suburban Melbourne

Mystique, translucent images of Italian landscapes caught my eye walking past a contemporary art gallery in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Having visited Italy last year, I was intrigued by the impressionistic images of stone houses, old bridges and hill-side architecture that seemed to be hundreds of years old. Upon entering the gallery, I discovered a gem… Read More »

Abstract curating – the challenges of Contemporary Art

I was really looking forward to this exhibition. Contemporary art practice of five generations of women congregated in one place. Pressed for writing deadlines, I didn’t research the exhibition before my visit. But that shouldn’t be an issue for an opening night visit, right? Wrong. As I entered the room, the attention grabber was a… Read More »