Paper Winner

About

I've always been artistic‚ and have studied a number of creative subjects such as ceramics‚ metalsmithing & fine arts. I grew up in country Victoria. Since leaving home at 18 I've done a lot of travelling, and lived in a number of different cities and countries. I spent time in 2003 living in Florence, Italy, where I had lessons in Old Masters' oil painting techniques from a master art restorer. In 2016 I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Griffith University, majoring in Art History. In December 2016 I took part in a group exhibition with RAW artists in Brisbane, which featured my "Year in Japan" series. My style of art has moved from oil paintings to marker and pencil illustrations. My works are realistic scenes created in my unique style which is reminiscent of Studio Ghibli animation as well as traditional Japanese woodblock prints.My 'A Year in Japan' series of 12 artworks captures everyday scenes in Japan in an attempt to portray the Japanese phrase 物の哀れ 'mono no aware' - the gentle sadness of things. This refers to the ephemeral, transitory nature of the world, which in turn evokes a greater appreciation for things which are quick to disappear, such as cherry blossoms. The scenes I portray are fleeting moments in time, where the figures, objects and light will only be in that exact state for a moment, never to be repeated. Furthering this concept, each piece also represents a different month of the year, highlighting the passage of time through the seasons. The works all feature a lone man with his back to the viewer, giving a glimpse into the life of a faceless stranger.My current series 'A Night in Japan' continues from my first series, 'A Year in Japan', yet focuses on a single night in Tokyo. There is no longer a 'lone man', instead, a variety of people are shown, each going about their lives on this one night which binds them together. My influence for this series is also drawn from the film Blade Runner, a film loved for it's dystopian, 'Neo Tokyo' nighttime scenes.

Education

Diploma of Fine Arts. Southbank TAFE‚ QLD.
Diploma of Fine Arts‚ Ceramics. Holmesglen TAFE‚ VIC.
Bachelor of arts Degree. Griffith University, QLD.

Exhibitions

Bluethumb Art Prize finalists exhibition, 2018
Bluethumb Art Prize finalists exhibition, 2017
RAW: Motif exhibition, QLD. 2016.
Graduates exhibition‚ Holmesglen TAFE‚ VIC. 2008

Press

Winner - Best on Paper, Bluethumb Art Prize, 2018 for "Smoke"
Studio 10 Morning Show
Article by Art Almanac
Article by The Plus Ones
Lincraft featured Australian artist video.
Top 20 finalist - Bluethumb Art Prize.
Top 4 finalist - Art Prizes cover competition.
"After the Rain" used for a published book cover.
Interview with Garde Magazine.
Writeup in Cross Connect Magazine.
Created with Care charity Art auction.
10 of the best new emerging Australian Artists - Bluethumb Blog.

Influences

Some of my favourite artists are Klimt‚ Hokusai and Monet.

I love architecture and patterns, both of which feature in my series A Year in Japan.