Under the Wires, 2017

This is an ongoing practice of drawing urban scenes, including power lines & all kinds of overhead wires. It gives me an excuse to draw the particular kind of cute buildings that I like to look at as I cycle to and from and my studio each day. It also keeps me in practice for the work I am most often receive private commissions for: house portraits.

Having worked on my exhibition Pyrite Radio in 2015, and having always had an interest in radio in general, I also like to draw antennas and satellite dishes and the like. I like to think about how the metal around is (not just antennas) is permanently receiving radio waves (as are we), it just doesn’t play them back. I also like to think about wires being cut or crossed — and often I intentionally disconnect wires or otherwise fragment the drawing. This is in part inspired by a hard drive full of corrupted image files of photographs I took years ago, and in part by the fragmentation of images as they are sent electronically along those wires.

Do not adjust your set! Suggested listening while viewing: The Cramps – Under the Wires.

Some of these can be bought as prints from my online store.

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Wilderness Heart, 2016

Throughout 2016, I worked on a series of drawings of mountains and other wilderness areas. Much of this was to get some practice in before taking my own trip to Alaska. Having grown up in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, I do like to draw forests and mountains when I can!

Buttermilk Mountains: Reference Watercolour on paper 20 x 30 cm 2016

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2 December 2016

Private Commissions

I enjoy working on private commissions, as they afford me a chance to dedicate a block of time to one artwork, and to use the best materials I have (that I often wouldn’t use for art that is designed for reproduction).

I am often asked to make a ‘house portrait’ to capture a much loved home with more life than a photo. I’m also asked to reinterpret photographs of locations the client has been to, and put a bit of my usual energy into it!

For a quote or to discuss an idea, get in touch!

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Field Test, 2015

Field Test, 2015
Oil on linen
22 x 18 inches

Pedal, 2015

Pedal, 2015
Oil on linen
10 x 14 inches

Pipe, 2015

Pipe, 2015
Oil on linen
10 x 16 inches

Bureau, 2015

Bureau, 2015
Oil on linen
14 x 10 inches

Wallpaper, 2015

Wallpaper, 2015
Oil on linen
14 x 10 inches

Crystal Radio (Safe Clean Up Set), 2015

Crystal Radio (Safe Clean Up Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Resonance, 2015

Resonance, 2015
Oil on linen
18 x 24 inches

Crystal Radio (Golden Pillar Set), 2015

Crystal Radio (Golden Pillar Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Pyrite Radio - Installation View

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Crystal Radio (Paper Horn Set), 2015

Crystal Radio (Paper Horn Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Pyrite Radio - Installation View
Pyrite Radio - Installation View

Crystal Radio (Time Bomb Set), 2015

Crystal Radio (Time Bomb Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Pyrite Radio - Installation View

Crystal Radio (Mystery Bottle Set)

Crystal Radio (Mystery Bottle Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Pyrite Radio - Installation View
Pyrite Radio - Installation View
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Crystal Radio (CSIRO Set), 2015

Crystal Radio (CSIRO Set), 2015
Scrap materials & electronic components
Dimensions variable

Laboratory, 2015

Laboratory, 2015
Oil on linen
18 x 10 inches

Rocking Chair, 2015

Rocking Chair, 2015
Oil on linen
14 x 10 inches

Family Hour, 2015

Family Hour, 2015
Oil on linen
18 x 10 inches

Parlour, 2015

Parlour, 2015
Oil on linen
16 x 10 inches

100 Banners, 23.5 Million Whispers

Installation shot of 100 Banners, 23.5 Million Whispers

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5 March 2014
I still hear myself screw up, so I still have to concentrate. (Kurt Cobain).

I still hear myself screw up, so I still have to concentrate. (Kurt Cobain).
Oil on linen, 26 x 46 cm
2014

I understood it as being something that had to do with my future. (Patti Smith).

I understood it as being something that had to do with my future. (Patti Smith).
Oil on linen, 26 x 36 cm
2014

I guess the older you get, the more we gotta go through this. (Keith Richards).

I guess the older you get, the more we gotta go through this. (Keith Richards).
Oil on linen, 26 x 36 cm 2014

It’s a very tight ship my face keeps. (Henry Rollins).

It’s a very tight ship my face keeps. (Henry Rollins).
Oil on linen, 26 x 36 cm
2014

I just wanna be a reflection of what’s going on. (Neil Young).

I just wanna be a reflection of what’s going on. (Neil Young).
Oil on linen, 26 x 26 cm
2014

...and I thought it was a plastic bat. (Ozzy Osbourne).

…and I thought it was a plastic bat. (Ozzy Osbourne).
Oil on linen, 26 x 26 cm
2014

[Silence for 2 minutes 40 seconds] (Ian MacKaye).

[Silence for 2 minutes 40 seconds] (Ian MacKaye).
Oil on linen, 26 x 26 cm
2014

I’ve Been told I should smile when I tell a joke. So I’ve been practising. (Lou Reed).

I’ve Been told I should smile when I tell a joke. So I’ve been practising. (Lou Reed).
Oil on linen, 26 x 26 cm, 2014

22 April 2013
Enlist! (Zappa / Stravinsky)

Enlist! (Zappa / Stravinsky)
Oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm
2013

Right, can we do it again? (Molly Meldrum / Bon Scott)

Right, can we do it again? (Molly Meldrum / Bon Scott)
Oil on linen, 36 x 36 cm
2012

It’s like a destruction – rebirth. (Tommy Iommi)

It’s like a destruction – rebirth. (Tony Iommi)
Oil on linen, 25 x 25 cm
2012

I was expected to live up to the press. (John Lydon)

I was expected to live up to the press. (John Lydon)
Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm
2013

David, he taught me how to compromise. (Iggy Pop / Molly Meldrum)

David, he taught me how to compromise. (Iggy Pop / Molly Meldrum)
Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm
2013

Suicide is slow with liquor...in actual fact he died from hypothermia in his car (Ozzy Osbourne)

Suicide is slow with liquor…in actual fact he died from hypothermia in his car (Ozzy Osbourne)
Oil on canvas, 36 x 26 cm
2012

They’re cutting the beaks off penguins, down in L.A., did you know that? (Beefheart / Letterman)

They’re cutting the beaks off penguins, down in L.A., did you know that? (Beefheart / Letterman)
Oil on canvas, 76 x 56 cm
2013

A lot of what I do is just inane, ridiculous – I’m a nerd. (Iggy Pop)

A lot of what I do is just inane, ridiculous – I’m a nerd. (Iggy Pop)
Oil on linen, 36 x 36 cm
2012

Do you know what keel hauling is? (Janis Joplin / Dick Cavett)

Do you know what keel hauling is? (Janis Joplin / Dick Cavett)
Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm
2013

White Light / White Heat (Talkin’ World War III Paranoid Blues)

White Light / White Heat (Talkin’ World War III Paranoid Blues)
Oil on linen, 91 x 122 cm
2012

17 April 2013
Motion Picture #2 (Stab)

Motion Picture #2 (Stab)
Oil on linen, 50 x 70 cm
2012

Live Broadcast (The Duet)

Live Broadcast (The Duet)
Oil on linen, 54 x 108 cm
2012

Motion Picture #1 (Sidekick)

Motion Picture #1 (Sidekick)
Oil on linen, 57 x 52 cm
2012

Yes. Hello. (Iggy Pop)

Yes. Hello. (Iggy Pop)
Ink on paper, 50 x 35 cm (unframed)
2013

Burt Reynolds Has Those Shoes, They Cost Fifteen Bucks (Tom Waits)

Burt Reynolds Has Those Shoes, They Cost Fifteen Bucks (Tom Waits)
Oil on canvas, 36 x 26 cm
2012

Planting Flags

Planting Flags
Ink on paper, 70 x 50 cm (unframed)
2012

Horses

Horses
Ink on paper, 40 x 25 cm
2012

Lost For Words

Lost For Words
Ink on paper, 26 x 26 cm (unframed)
2012

Flag Ship

Flag Ship
Ink on linen, 36 x 36 cm
2012

What Do We Want?

What Do We Want?
Ink on paper, 25 x 28 cm (unframed)
2012

Dromedary

Dromedary
Ink on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

Picket Line

Picket Line
Ink and collage on linen, 41 x 31 cm
2012

Ensign

Ensign
Ink on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

Rooftops

Rooftops
Ink on paper, 70 x 56 cm (unframed)
2012

Empty Chair

Empty Chair
Collage on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

Choir

Choir
Collage on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

Shore

Shore
Collage on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

Stepladder

Stepladder
Collage on wood panel, 40 x 40 cm
2012

25 September 2012
Summit

Summit
Oil on linen, 36 x 36 cm
2012

We Don’t Want No…

We Don’t Want No…
Oil on linen, 36 x 26 cm
2012

13 October 2011
Down To The Well

Down To The Well #1
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #2
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #3
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #4
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #5
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #6
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #7Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #8
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #9
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #10
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #11
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #12
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #13
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #14
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #15
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #16
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #17
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #18
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #19
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

Down To The Well

Down To The Well #20
Ink and paper on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm
2011

1 January 2011
Compass (Look Mum, no hands), 2011

Compass (Look Mum, no hands), 2011
Oil on linen 26 x 26 cm

The Vanishing of Garland Briggs, 2011

The Vanishing of Garland Briggs, 2011
Xerox, ink, acrylic and oil on paper and board
40 x 35 cm

Ruler (I Had Straight Edge), 2011

Ruler (I Had Straight Edge), 2011
Oil on linen 31 x 26 cm

Camus (Beer goggles), 2011

Camus (Beer goggles), 2011
Acrylic and oil on card 20 x 30 cm

Nietzsche (Plague doctor), 2011

Nietzsche (Plague doctor), 2011
Acrylic and oil on wood panel
20 x 25 cm

Beckett (Rose coloured glasses), 2011

Beckett (Rose coloured glasses), 2011
Acrylic and oil on card 20 x 30 cm

Schopenhauer (3D Glasses), 2011

Schopenhauer (3D Glasses), 2011
Acrylic and oil on linen on board 30 x 30 cm

Farmhouse, 2011

Farmhouse, 2011
Oil on linen 31 x 26 cm

Marcel, 2011

Marcel, 2011
Oil on canvas 41 x 49 cm

Radio Tower, 2011

Radio Tower, 2011
Oil on masonite 32 x 20 cm (irregular)

Ben, 2011

Ben, 2011
Oil on linen 30 x 36 cm

Tony, 2011

Tony, 2011
Oil on panel 32 x 48 cm