I believe that Tom Roberts’ work represents a turning point in the history of Australian painting. It seems that the earliest artwork depicting this young country was essentially produced by artists superimposing their own English pastoral vision on the Australian landscape. ‘We need more elms!’ They cried. ‘What are those strange looking animals?’
Roberts was part of a generation of painters who truly grew up in the Australian landscape. He, and most notably Frederick McCubbin found a way to describe Australia on its own terms. The yellows and dusty browns of the land, the warm earth and blue skies- these were the marks that made the viewing audience say ‘Yes, this is us.’
When it was shown in 1890, Shearing The Rams was a successful work, and even today holds a place in Australia’s cultural identity. We live in a brilliantly multicultural society, and one that predominantly resides in cities; yet this notion of an agricultural past, a rough-hewn, dusty existence in the outback still captures the Australian imagination.
You can read more information on Tom Roberts and his work here. Thanks for visiting Sunday ink!
Our first Art Giraffe of the new year is The Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog, painted by Caspar David Friedrich in 1818. Quite a lot has been written about the painting, with theories as to its deeper meaning. It is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of the German Romantic movement, capturing the philosophical relationship between man and nature.
The composition itself is simple but remarkably striking. In fact, in recent years it has been used as a reference for several movie posters! Take a look at this article I came across while compiling my list of Art Giraffe paintings to undertake.
If you’d like to see some of the working process on this painting, don’t forget to check the Sunday ink Facebook page. And we’ll have more Art Giraffe adventures for you soon!
How exciting! This month I’ll be part of A Celebration of Comix, a group exhibition in the gallery of the Melbourne City Library. The exhibition showcases artists previously featured in the Lord Mayor’s creative writing contest (graphic narrative division). It’s such a thrill to be sharing a wall with some of our city’s most talented comics people!
And as you can see in the photo, we have a beautiful display case dedicated to the working process for Snow Samurai, a personal favourite from last year. It shows everything from the initial script right up to the final artwork.
The exhibition runs from 9-30 January, and opening night is this Thursday at 6pm. You can find more information here, and we have some photos of the setup here!
As always, thank you for visiting Sunday ink. Pip pip!
This week I present to you Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, featuring Art Giraffe!
I don’t think it would be a stretch to call this one of the greatest paintings of the 20th Century. It’s certainly a defining image of American art, and the most famous work by this artist. With good reason. Hopper’s paintings capture the beauty and the profound isolation of the modern world. His work is populated by characters who are eternally alone. And unlike the paintings of centuries past (religious works in particular), there is no hidden language; the interpretation of Hopper’s scene is entirely dependent on the viewer’s point of view. The story you see here says as much about you as it does the people in it.
Surely this is a large part of the enduring popularity of Nighthawks. The 20th century gave us artists like Picasso, Mondrian and Kandinsky, whose works were brilliant and complex, and changed how art was viewed. But I believe Hopper offers something much simpler, which the best paintings throughout history have achieved. A window into the human condition, accessible to all.
For more information about the painting please take a look here (it’s really interesting!), and for some great behind the scenes pictures of my painting process, why not jump over to the Sunday ink Facebook page?
What a thrill to introduce a new hardcover edition of Hansel & Gretel! Printed in France in full Franco-Belgian BD size, and limited to 10 COPIES ONLY! Each book is signed and numbered, and features a unique full-page illustration inside.
And much like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, that’s all there is and all there’s ever going to be. So to claim your copy, head over to the Sunday ink store.