Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Botanical Bats

Here are a couple of vintage bats (or paddles?!) which I painted with a selection of fruit, flowers, a vegetable and a caterpillar.  I hadn't planned on the black one, but the first bat above was so much fun to paint (and it sold so quickly!) that I thought it might be fun to see how the composition would look on a completely different colour.  That one has sold now, too.

Thanks again to either Miss Pen or The Earwig for collecting me these beautiful vintage bats from Tasmania.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Painting for sale!

I have decided to sell this painting, which is a portrait of my lounge room as it appeared in 2012.  It has been painted onto thick wood, using acrylic paint, and it measures 1200mm x 1200mm.  I had a lot of fun painting it.  It contains many of my favourite things e.g. Svenskt Tenn, Marimekko and other vintage fabrics; cook books; my zither; my beloved yellow Danish coffee pot; and more than ten of my own artworks, including a ceramic sconce and a mirror with my face reflected onto it.  (It is weird to paint into a painting your own paintings, especially that little Village Head on the table, and the Hipster cushion...) AUD$2200.  Free delivery within Melbourne.  Contact me via sandeterovic[at]gmail.com if you are interested.
I am able to discuss/ research options for sending the work to further locations.  Please note however that this piece is quite heavy as it has been painted onto very thick plywood.

More photos of the painting here, on The Design Files, by Eve Wilson:

...and Apartment Therapy, by Natalie Jeffcott:

...and on Etsy, a portrait of me sitting in front of it, by darling David Patston:

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Good Bye 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  2016.  Wasn't it something?  Ugh.  Who knows what we are in for now?!
I did slack off a bit last year with my blog posting: Instagram seems to be taking over the world and it seems so much simpler sometimes.  But I still like blogs.  I think that they tell a story in a way that Instagram just can't.  I present for you a summary of work that I did last year, but neglected to show on my blog for one reason or another.  Above: The World Would Be Great If....  This one was actually inspired by all of the post US election soul searching.  (SOLD.)
Above: my McGivern Prize finalist #readmymind is now available as a very special A3 print, printed especially by Lantern and signed and numbered by me.  There are only fifteen in total, and they are available from either my Etsy shop or Danielle Krysa's (AKA The Jealous Curator's) Fancy Schmancy Gallery.
Below: a selection of painted bats.  Thanks again to Miss Pen, Katie Blatt and The Earwig for finding these vintage beauties for me!!
 Above: Girl Wearing Persian Rug Sweater is one of my favourites, ever!  She is in my Etsy shop.
 Above: Hillary.  (SOLD).

 Above: a fortune wheel bat.  Currently in my Etsy shop.
 Above and below: these have both sold.

 Above: a pair of paintings from the current group exhibition at Boom Gallery in Geelong.
Above: Gardening Australia magazine, December.  Michael McCoy asks a child "What is your favourite vegetable?"  The reply: "Bacon!"
Above: All I Could Think of Were the Things We Didn't Have in Common, acrylic on wood.  When you find yourself in a relationship after a long spell of being alone, it's not all beer and skittles.

Above: experts in relations, and an all round fun project.  A fortieth birthday invitation and surprise wedding invite in one, for two lovely people.
Above: artwork for "The Book That Got Me" curated by Jess Rackyleft and featuring some of the most delightful and talented women illustrators I have ever had the pleasure to know.  At The Little Bookroom in North Carlton. 
Above: VIII Mediterranean Games Split 1979 was featured in the Mission To Seafarers Art Prize (along with hundreds of other maritime themed paintings).  I entered this prize both in the hope of visiting one of my favourite buildings in Melbourne, and to have a reason to work on this rather self indulgent painting.

The Mediterranean Games are much like the Commonwealth Games.  In 1979 they were held in the city of Split, a coastal city in the then Yugoslavia, where my family happened to be spending the entire summer.  I was a kid then, and prone to the grandeur of international sporting events, fireworks and the prospect of the odd souvenir.  I still have a tin mug which has "Split 1979" and the 'S' shaped seal mascot printed on it.  I coveted visors and t-shirts, but I especially wanted the striped blue beach towel.

I have been back to Split many times since.  In 2015, the Split 1979 beach towel was featured in an exhibition at the city's Ethnographic Museum, about fishing traditions in Dalmatia.  I was a few months late for that exhibition, but I got the souvenir catalogue.  It is extensively researched, lovingly written (though shoddily translated), and beautifully illustrated with various photographs, many from local archives.  I looked at the resigned expressions of women carrying giant boxes of fish on their backs, and pondered the rather prescribed culture of my forebears.  Even now, men got to fish and drink and get up to all sorts of things.  The women got to stay at home and cook and wash and clean.  I started thinking about these women, and getting a little angry.  Then I looked again at the Split 1979 towel and reconsidered the meaning of the word "Split".  1979 or not, I thought I'd give one woman a chance to escape.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Jealous Curator's "Fancy Schmancy Gallery"

 "The Art of War" triptych.  Above: Napoleon's Dumb Bell.

 Above: Bag o Money.

Above: The King's Spinach.

Danielle Krysa, AKA The Jealous Curator now has an online gallery, sweetly named Fancy Schmancy.
I was rather honoured to be one of six artists asked to contribute a special work to the first show, in response to the theme "west".  Danielle explains why she chose the theme here.  
Meanwhile, I will explain how I responded to the theme here:
The word "west" immediately calls to mind western films.  And when I think of western films I think of cliches and visual symbols of masculinity, which are things that I love to explore.  I decided to go beyond the western and collect as many interesting symbols of masculinity that I could find, and create an absurd being who consisted only of these symbols.  In the end, I found so many that I had to make three. (Acrylic on wood; each is around A4 size, and they are sold as a set.)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

My work in Metal magazine

My work has been featured in a rather glamorous Spanish magazine called Metal!  Thank you very much Lluís Giménez.  It's a good excuse to finally visit the country itself.

Friday, 4 November 2016

A few goings on.....

Hi!  Sorry I haven't been around here much.  I've been quite busy!  DP Asleep with Nick Cave and Martin Amis, and Packaged Good above are both part of Modern Times' Home exhibition this month.
Above: The little pieces above are part of my first exhibition in the US, starting later this month and running until the end of January at Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, Missouri.  
Above: Gardening Australia magazine, November.  A quiet riot for writer Michael McCoy this month!
Above: A small detail of my painting for The Little Bookroom's inaugural exhibition, "The Book That Got Me": featuring brand new work by seven local illustrators, inspired by the very first book that "got" them.  (The only problem: it was a near impossible task to choose just one!)  Starts Saturday November 5.
Above: these two painted ladies (acrylic on wood, around A4 size, shown here slightly overlapped) are at the Corner Store Merchants' "Garden Party" exhibition, running in conjunction with the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens until November 19.  I haven't had a chance to get up there, but anything that the Fleming sisters put their hands to has GOT to be good!!!!

Monday, 19 September 2016

My work in InStyle magazine

 My Librarian painted bat and Illustrator's Wheel of Fortune have appeared in this month's InStyle magazine!  That particular Librarian has sold, but I have made a similar one especially, and it is now in my Etsy shop.  The Wheel is there, too.

Thank you, Jemma Waud!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Paintings in progress

Some details of paintings in progress, and shots of my studio as it looks now with my table at a different angle.  (Rearranging furniture is fun....)

The Jealous Curator's "Art For Your Ear" podcast

What a great honour and pleasure it was to chat with superstar Danielle Krysa (AKA The Jealous Curator) over Skype the other day.  Well, it wasn't entirely a pleasure: in order  to download Skype I had to update my Mac's operating system after six years of laziness/ avoidance, which caused an avalanche of computer calamities that I am still dealing with.  But you wouldn't know it if you listened to our lovely conversation!  And don't just listen to ours -- listen to the sixty-five other creative types Danielle has spoken to over the last couple of years.  It is an absolute treat!  I can't wait.  Thanks so much, Danielle.

Here is the link: http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2016/09/02/i-guess-i-better-be-an-artist-now/
You can listen to it via i-tunes, too.

Tip of the day: update your operating system regularly.

Friday, 22 July 2016

A Finalist in the McGivern Prize!

I am SO excited that my 90 x 60 cm acrylic on wood painting #readmymind, above, has been chosen as one of 29 finalists in the 2016 McGivern Prize!  This year's theme is 'text', and I must admit that I have pretty much put every textual idea I have ever had into it.
The overall winner will be announced early September.  To have my work displayed on the same walls as many of my favourite Australian artists is reward enough for me!  For more details on the exhibition and opening night, click here.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Some old and new stuff

Above: I found this bunch of painted plywood baby accoutrements in a drawer the other day.  They were intended for an exhibition about babies in various parts of the world, but were never used.  I have now placed them in the Etsy shop.  Perhaps someone out there could turn them into a mobile or bunting?
Above: Two painted bats, also in my Etsy shop.  Based on words that were spoken to me by a man about ten years ago.  My current circumstances forced me to recall them recently.
Above and below: some beautiful Queenslanders, whose portraits I had the pleasure of painting recently.

Above: my house was on Apartment Therapy last week!  Thanks so much to Natalie Jeffcott for the beautiful photos, one of which I have shoddily cropped here.
Above: a painting I am still working on.  I thought I would show it to you as I am feeling pleased with how the cat turned out.  Finally I can paint a cat.  Hooray!