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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Betty Anderson


1936 Born: Balaklava SA

1963 Whilst living on a remote Aboriginal Settlement in the 60’s commenced painting in oils A number of moves and work commitments meant that she only painted spasmodically, all without tuition.

1975-79 After Cyclone Tracey, commenced sculpturing in stone – talc, pyrophyllite and other stone – and eventually doing commission work in jade.

2008 Seriously resumed my art interest.


Exhibitions:

1976 Shoalhaven Art Exhibition – 2nd Prize, painting

2002? Rotary Art Exhibition – Blackwood - sculpture

2008 Rotary Art Exhibition – Blackwood - painting
Stirling Organic Market Café

2009 Rotary Art Exhibition – Blackwood
Rotary Art Exhibition – Aberfoyle Park
Coastlands Christian Centre
Stirling Fine Arts Exhibition
Outsiders Exhibition
RSASA

2010 Gallery M

Veritas Winery, Barossa Valley


My painting is realistic and detailed. I love the play of light with its shadows and reflections and graduation of colour on objects, thus I prefer painting flowers, birds and portraits rather than landscapes. The flowers I paint are taken in their natural settings, portraying nature as it is and not contrived.

My sculpture reflects my preference for people, although I tend toward abstract in my larger pieces.


Phone: 08 8370 3191 (H); 0404 863 633 (M)

Email: bma@primusonline.com.au


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Recyclopath



I've been creating works of art my whole life, I think as soon as I popped out of the womb I reached for a pencil! These days though I make most of my art while in bed, i've found it's the place I get the most inspired as well as being a 'safe place'.
Art educational institutions (with the emphasis on institutions) generally encourage and reward blandness and are terribly frightened of anything that is 'real' and at all confronting.
That is why them and I don't seem to get along.
When I'm producing art, especially something that really thrills me, its a rush, orgasmic, coming from the gut, unlike anything else.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Outsiders on Sturt Street - Opening Speech



Good afternoon everybody, and thanks for being here.
Before we start, I wish to acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
I also wish to acknowledge the presence of the Minister for Education, the Honourable Jane Lomax - Smith.

The Outsiders Festival is an annual event organised by Stefan Maguran, an unemployed artist and Project Manager.
It is entirely sponsored by the Maguran family budget based on his extremely patient, caring and understanding wife’s salary, the very competitive entry fee of AU$ 20 for 3 artworks and only 10% of potential sales and relies on the kindness of people like you.
Apart from purchasing art in the exhibition today, You can also help by donating artworks or money.
The first international Outsiders Festival, held in November 2009 at the West Torrens Auditorium and the Parks Centre was a successful experiment, as almost all participants have met first online, and only very close to the festival in real life.
From this, a group of people supporting each other, called the Outsiders has emerged. Still most of the interaction is happening online and the group has now more than 800 members worldwide.
The Outsiders on Sturt Street is a small contribution of this group the the artistic fabric of the Festival State and we are grateful to the Adelaide South West Community Centre for their invitation for us to exhibit during the Adelaide and Fringe Festivals, the Clipsal 500 and the State elections.
I thank you all on behalf of the group for being here and I am sure you will agree with me that there are plenty of interesting artworks to admire and to take home.
The show presents a variety of styles from a variety of artists, all inspired and passionate about their work:
Miron Abramovici - USA
Betty Anderson - Adelaide
Claudio Braier - Argentina
Joanne Chua - Adelaide
Mike Greenwood - New Zealand
Stefan Maguran - Adelaide
Dana Nance - Adelaide
Frank Phelan - Adelaide
Peter Jungle Philips - Adelaide
Geoge Pivas - Adelaide
Angela Polglaze - Melbourne
Jamahl Pollard - Riverland
Mike Retter - Adelaide
Mark Roberts - Adelaide
Julie Stephens - Victoria
Leon Woods - Adelaide
I declare this exhibition now open - I welcome you all - enjoy.

Acknowledgements:

All the Outsiders artists
My family and my friends
Judith and Jane
Joanne Chua and Leon Woods
Sorin Buzila

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Claudio Braier - Argentina


I BELIEVE THAT I PAINT AS A "CRAZY CHILD".

I AM NO LONGER A CHILD, NOR SO CRAZY.

IT IS ONLY AN IMAGE THAT IS GOOD FOR ME TO PAINT.

MY PICTURES HAVE A CHAOS THAT IS ORGANISED THANKS TO THE COLOUR.

EVERYTHING SEEMS TO RESPOND TO A CERTAIN IMBALANCE OR, IN THE BEST OF

CASES, TO AN UNSTABLE BALANCE.

THEY RESPOND TO THEIR OWN LOGIC.

IMAGES THAT ARE BORN FROM THE DAILY LIFE WHICH ARE DISTORTED UNTIL WHAT IS

KNOWN BECOMES WEIRD.

THE FESTIVE COLOURS DECEIVE THE SPECTATOR.

IF THE IMAGES WERE MONOCHROME THEY WOULD SHOW AN ANGUISH WHICH IS PRESENT

UNDERNEATH.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Destry Sparks - USA


Contemporary mixed media painter Destry Sparks was raised in the rural fishing village of Sea Level, North Carolina in the United States. As an adventurous boy he spent a lot of time in the forest and along the shore searching for interesting things. Other major influences in his early life were the work of his great grandfather Irving Fulcher, a notable decoy carver and fantastic imagery from Silver Surfer comic books.

As a practicing artist today showing his work around the States he cites diverse sources from traditional African and Aboriginal craftsmen to contemporary masters Anselm Kiefer and Gregory Amenoff. Refusing to be categorized within a single style or movement, he identifes with outsiders and Jean DuBuffett as much with any single genre.

Sparks attaches worn found objects, both natural and manufactured, to burlap. He then carefully applies acrylic paint to the fabric around the objects to create a particulary visceral effect upon the surface atypical of traditional painting. There is no attempt to fool the eye. Instead the viewer is invited into a tangible sort of painting where little discarded things from the world are placed in a new context. He asks us to consider that there really are no worthless things; everything has a place and a purpose in the world.

He enjoys working with other innovative artists to organize group shows. By bringing their work to new markets he strives to create new patrons for the artists to advance their careers. For more information about the Sparks Art Projects exhibitions and his own painting, visit www.destrysparks.com.