|The opening of the Outsiders Festival 2011|
The Outsiders Festival, Adelaide 2012 (fourth edition) is open for registrations.
|The opening of the Outsiders Festival 2011|
InFiNiTy ArT wOrX By Jeanette
Not too many years ago, a friend showed me the beauty and magic of Art in the form of what is known as Mandalas.
It took me some time to trust myself, having been told in school that I couldn’t paint. In more recent years people are realising it didn’t matter if you could or not paint – look at Pro Hart, there was always someone out there, even if it was myself that appreciated the painting .
Brush to Canvas and off I went experimenting between structured forms like Mandalas to Free Form, allowing the joy of expression to flow bringing balance and a sense of well being into my life.
The Beauty of Art is in the Eyes of the Beholder and we each behold some-thing different.
We all can draw, paint, sculpt etc if we allow ourselves to sit back and let the creativity flow
I have facilitated my own Art workshops for children and adults over recent years along with co-facilitating larger programs with my friend Sharon, with whom I will be facilitating with in Feb 2012.
All paintings are done on Canvas using Acrylic Paints with occasional mix of Embossing Powders, Pens etc to enhance the painting.
Your appreciation of my ‘Works of Art’ is appreciated. For more details contact: Jeanette Nash 0411 034 177
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I like to draw, made up girls who are naked and in water. Sometimes I copy famous nude paintings and them in my own cartoon style.
This is the picture called the choc river birth of Eileen and this girl standing in a huge river of changing colour chocolate. Her name is Eileen, she is very kind, fun and like's having bathes in chocolate.
While working in the Department of Defence I was asked to attend night school for an arc-welding course. It was here while welding test pieces together I discovered the Artist within. Adding this piece to that piece I began to see images appear in the metal shapes. Small creatures, faces and body parts began morphing out of these mechanical , organic shapes. As I progressed through the course and worked on larger projects I discovered the world of Junk Art.
From then on I was obsessed with collecting discarded, abandoned, so called useless pieces of junk and I wondered about the history of the pieces I found that I had dug out the earth or picked up off the streets, paddocks and back waters of the rivers and lakes. My first completed artwork was a full size self-portrait, created from farming equipment found on a disused farm in Broken Hill. At this moment in time I realised I had just reincarnated Junk into Art and given the abandoned forgotten objects that had been used for a purpose back in its day a new life. In doing so I was also cleaning up the Environment.
Wasn’t long after this revelation I quit Defence after 23 years and dedicated my life to all things art and sharing all of what I know with the world.
I have exhibited extensively throughout South Australia, Northern Territory, had Exhibitions in New York City at Monkdogz Gallery and in Texas.
I also have had an eighteen year association with amateur boxing in South Australia where I have a passion for troubled youth from broken homes and an empathy for street people where over the years I have taught the discipline of boxing and the creative world of art to enable them to have a better life.
I recently lived and worked for two years on the Imanpa Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory teaching Junk Art, Boxing and Pathways to better Employment to the youth. During my cross cultural journey I was bestowed the honour of becoming (Bumble) Cultural Father to one of the youth who had gone through initiation from boy to man.
Currently residing and working at Punthari Church where I have an open studio and continue to live my dream as a full time Artist.
Born in 79 in an Aegean city Smyrna (today’s Izmir) and grew up by the Mediterranean sea, spent 6 years in US to get a PhD in economics, and finally found myself in Adelaide teaching economics in the Uni of Adelaide. All through my teenage years, I was drawn to all sorts of creative activities: writing stories and poems, acting in school dramas, clothing designs, and sketches. During my 20s, my only creative outlet was a pencil and a regular A4 paper, to answer the calling of my right brain during all those long hours of left-brain centered economics lectures I had to take in my Phd. Most of the articles I was reading have my figure sketches on them.
However, my true enchantment by the ability to express myself through art started when I bought my first set of charcoals and soft pastels, thanks to my dear friend Sevgul, who herself is a professional artist in Belgium. When she saw my sketches first time, she wholeheartedly encouraged me to embrace art and improve my skills. Unfortunately, not until this year, I found enough free time to walk that path.
In the past, once I tried oil painting for a few weeks and my verdict was that painting with brushes was not for me, that I was most comfortable using my fingers, charcoals and pastels. However, at the beginning of 2011, I wanted to give a second chance to brushes and try the set of acrylics that I received as a birthday gift. When I decided to give a chance to acrylics, it is as if they gave me a chance to discover myself all over again. It felt like that a magical portal opened to forgotten past life memories of painting and I found myself painting with acrylics as if I always used them all my life. Thanks to Outsiders Festival, I will get my first opportunity to share them with art lovers.
I have no formal art training, not much technical knowledge, but when I am in front of a canvas with a brush in my hand, with no fear of making mistakes, I get into a transcendental state and the painting creates itself on the canvas using my hands as a medium. I feel like it is not me who creates a painting, but a painting who wants to be born into our world uses me as a tool to be manifested onto canvas. I just ask the colors to talk to me, I ask them to tell me how they want to appear on the canvas, and then starts my dance of painting in the manner of a whirling dervish .
When I am painting, I rarely use my brain, everything comes into existence through my intuition, as a reflection of the nameless parts of my soul. I may never become an established, professional artist, but I truly love each and every art piece I create, because they are manifestations of my very own soul. The way I love my paintings must be the same way the universe loves its creatures. I truly feel grateful that I have this gift since as long as I can draw and paint, I can never be lonely. You can see my paintings and sketches here:
I want to end this bio with what Sevgul (http://www.evilstrawberry.com/) has written about me:
Duygu Yengin is a painter, but also a fantastic storyteller. In each one of her paintings, she tells us stories of women; goddesses, priestesses, and other fantastic female characters that find life in Duygu's brushstrokes and unusual palette. Taking elements from both the ethereal world and our physical world she recreates her own universe and puts her characters at play, for us to watch and ponder how much of these powerful women we see everyday around us, in our own reality.
Born in Sweden, her grandparents were famous circus artists and her father is Adelaide based sculptor, Ted Jönsson. Marie emigrated to Australia with her family in 1972, and embarked on a highly successful career 'diversion' as an international model. Picking up on peripatetic life of her forebears she was to enjoy success as" Miss Summer Spain" 1981," South Australia Model of the Year" 1982 and "Australian Model of the Year" 1984. However her rich artistic heritage soon exerted its primacy and she began painting while pregnant with her son.
Bringing immediate zest and life to the genre of Naïve or Naïf Art (sometimes also referred to as outsiders art, innocent art, or folk art) still under the umbrella of Contemporary art, Marie developed a unique painting approach wherein figures and objects are rendered in relief, giving the works a wonderful human and tactile quality.
Marie brings to her work a great sense of humor and keen observation of life, always presenting a positive and joyful experience often with a social comment about the human condition. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are for sale and are collected widely throughout Australia and internationally. Japan and U.S.A has proved to be particularly appreciative and supportive markets for Marie.
During the last year she´s been writing an art blog called "Naïve View" (see blog page) where she details the creative process and where the inspiration comes from. This is for those among you who share Marie´s slightly quirky sense of humor and likes to find out what makes an Artist tick. "Naïve View" blog by Marie, is gaining quite a following worldwide, you can also join Marie on her page called Naïve Art by Marie Jönsson-Harrison on Facebook.
She has also got several public sculptures to her name, the largest creation spanning 44 meters across at the entrance of the mid north town of Balaklava called the Federation Gateway. This sculpture depicts a federation house with stories made from handmade ceramic and mosaic, telling some of the tales of the district over the last 100 years both in pictures and the written word on plaques.
Marie has won many Art Competitions and been the recipient of two SA Great awards for the Arts in 2002 and 2007. In South Australia she is represented by the Greenhill Gallery. Her artworks are also featured in corporate collections, private collections and several art books worldwide. Her artwork is for sale to the general public including paintings, sculptures, giclee prints and more.
Marie has lived with her husband, son and daughter on a farm for the last 17 years but have just recently decided on a "Sea change" and bought a house with panoramic sea views spanning 180 degrees in what has been described as an eagles nest, which will no doubt inspire and add to her growth and development as one of Australia's most important and original naïve artists.46. "LEARNER DRIVERS" New Blog today 24.9 10 - Teaching the kids to drive...don't do it,lol.........http://www.mariejonssonharrison.com.au/new/?p=1184
......... just a pure line can bring so much joy,... and then you don't even need the line, and god knows, so many years have past.....and thousands of paintings, and in them are my joy...yes this is true, I have harnessed so much of my joy there..it is there in the Art...all you have to do is look openly and you will feel it,.................and the content or the meaning, the image or the method, whatever may have held me to be interested in making it,....... it is there in what remains my Art..... you only need interest to see!
.........It's so easy to contribute to the stupidity of this world, and so many actions are deemed stupid before you can even enter the door of experiencing it first hand, so many actions are arrested.....
..........and this is how art has beeen for me.....and as we all know, the artist is in everyone except that the act of making art collides with a set of more impotant orientations, like finding food and settle and then the list goes on, until the life was spent doing other things..
...........and there was a wild animal in me with the idea that at least art i could make, and the wild animal with this mind creates the territory so that it can make art, and then those posing as lovers and friend enter the circle with no mind for this mad action he called art.....it is his madness, or love..but if this love, or drive for making Art is strong it collides with these other orientations like a hammer, and will destroy anything in its way, wisely or not....
......... so has been my life. ... and the stupidity of dumb meaningless Art must be witnessed by the Artist himself, so many things sacrfices for Art, all stabilities, even the Art itself... for significance, which to a more unquestioning mind is always present....
......... and yet, just a pure line can bring so much joy,... and then you don't even need the line, and god knows, so many years have past.....and thousands of paintings, and in them are my joy...yes this is true, I have harnessed so much of my joy there..it is there in the Art...all you have to do is look openly and you will feel it,.................and the content or the meaning, the image or the method, whatever may have held me to be interested in making it,....... it is there in what remains my Art..... you only need interest to see!
mixed media on canvas
45 x 35 cm
© Iain Tonkin 2004
Iain Tonkin -
An Australian, self-taught mixed media artist, born in South Australia in 1981.
Growing up, I lived in Western Australia, Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
My art journey started in 1988. The first artwork I can recall creating was on the outside wall of a portable classroom at my school which was titled “Rural-Mural”.
The media I currently work in includes acrylic paint and pastels. My main interests lie in community art projects.
Current projects include: Communities in Action, for Charles Sturt Council.
Monika Mori, known as the artist MOO, works with bold colors and strokes, allowing free elements of drips and dashes to bisect her canvases. Her works are highly expressive – she has always wanted the world to hear what she has to say, and these artistic communications embody her emotions, experiences and her delight at the interaction with color. For Mori, color is liberating. Only through art can one mediate the unspeakable, so this allows for a greater freedom within a work. It is a language unto itself and there is merit to all interpretations. The subtle earth palette glows from the surface of the canvas and illuminates the striking dripped forms. Their uneven linear progress forms crowds, forests, circuitry – they travel and lead us on through the painting and beyond. The strength of these paintings reflects the strength of Mori herself, and the intensity of the message she has to convey.
Monika Mori currently lives in Vienna (Austria) and Fort Myers (Florida, United States)
Statement: „I see art, in Goethe's words, as the mediator of the unspeakable. In my art I am able to use the materials, colors and techniques to express my thoughts, feelings and personal experiences. It is part of how I communicate. Painting is for me a supremely joyful process, which always comes with an inner smile that only grows. Part of the pleasure of painting is the hope that the results will spread light and goodness in the world, and help viewers to get in touch with their inner selves. In this way, it fits into the rest of my life, especially into my work with the non-profit organisation I set up to assist the rehabilitation of unemployed and socially disadvantaged individuals.“ …I´m celebrating 5th anniversary today – I founded my project on the 1st of September in 2006 ;)
Jungle Phillips - International art gallery - 558 Marion Road, Plympton Park
I started in 1978 when my older brother Steven committed suicide in front of me.
I went to Dandenong asylum and a guy said draw what you see.
Before that I really loved art.
I was raised in a very bad environment. My dad drank a lot and bashed me up a lot of the time. Art at that time wasn’t considered very good.
I loved art. I always wanted to be an artist.
I started drawing in 1978.
Then I came down to Adelaide.
I started to draw at night time after work and a nurse started to buy my drawings. I did a little painting. A friend of mine that I was working with gave me some art books and I started painting, but I did a lot of drawing.
I came to Adelaide to escape from an alcohol and drugs life when another borther committed suicide.
Then I met Tony White who went to the school of art and got me painting.
I’ve been painting since 1992.
I had an accident in 1992 and I became prolific as I was painting for a living.
I lived up the road from the cabinet makers and they had a lot of wood. I collected the wood and started painting.
My message is hope, love trust. People have to have hope.
Esther Furber, (18-05-1955-), language/tribe: Arrunda, region: Santa Teresa
Esther Furber is one of the few Aboriginal artists selling off the grass in the Todd Mall in Alice Springs.
After the money to establish the Tangentyere artists cooperative ran out, Esther, like so many others, has been left to fend for herself.
The introduction by the Alice Springs Town Council, following a complaint from a gallerist of a $205 a day permit to sell her art, Esther, like all the other artists selling off the grass, has little understanding of the permit system and is confused and resentful.
Nevertheless, her art is beautiful, profound and very decorative.
A voice among many others ...
Born in 1947, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil or even a pen ... aaah the smell of purple ink ... the first marks on the graph paper, applied, I still have the crunching of the fingers ... no erasures, no pies, full and loose ... and the blotting paper with beautiful and unusual patches ... beyond the imagination as a bonus ... and bit by bit over the years I learned all the techniques with enthusiasm, and the freedom of movement and the freedom of the pattern, ... now my preference, my choice is ink and acrylic on canvas or paper, a feast of color or black and white, according to the inspiration of the moment ...
nothing to add ... Rather than talking about it I prefer to offer it to the viewer and as long as there is someone who discovers it or their intimate or personal experiences... this sharing is surely the true culmination of art in itself, it is my deep conviction
I AM AN ANIMAL
I am an animal.
A female human animal.
A female animal who paints.
And, when I paint, I want to show,
to share the deep perception of female beings.
Inspired, forced by my inner female condition,
radiating to/from other powerful women, goddesses, mythical queens…
Helping the paper, allowing it to transform itself into windows,
opening to my secluded inner world.
Always self-questioning, always finding unexpected answers.
Still in search, still growing, always beginning.
Proudly living the ME as SHE.
The first movie I saw in my life was 'Ulysses', with Kirk Douglas.
I was 5 years old, we had no television at home, I was not used to see fiction images...
and I believed all these fantastic creatures moving on the big screen,
cyclops, giants and sirens,
I believed they were real, they actually existed!
The sensation of astonishment these creatures caused on me, half marvel/half fear,
opened my eyes to a new, unlimited world of wonders.
The world was never the same to me, before I went out of the cinema.
More or less by the same time, I was shocked when an strange black machine
talked to me!
In fact, it was simply a bakelite telephone, and it was ringing...
so I put the black machine close to my ear, as my mother used to do,
and, believe me, it talked, said 'Hello' to me!
The unexpected voice coming out from a machine made me understand
that this telephone was a veritable 'Living Machine'.
Now, more than 40 years later, after 20 years of hard exile
(the same time Ulysses spent going back to Ithaca),
I found my home in the small island where I live,
surrounded by the Sea.
And now I know, and can tell you for sure, that all these fantastic creatures,
cyclops, giants, medusas, angels and devils,
sky fishes and blonde sirens, living machines and flying chairs...
they exist, all of them are TRUE!
And I paint to show, to share the wonder, to recover and bring to life
these intangible, secret worlds.
Julia Sisi was born in 1957 in Argentina,
from spanish mother and south-american aboriginal father (Guarani indians)
In the latest seventies her native country was dominated by military dictators,
and in 1980 she exiled to Spain.
In 2003 she established her home-studio in the volcanic island of El Hierro,
the smallest of the Canary Islands,
not far from Northwest Africa, in the middle of the Atlantic Sea
Liz didn't ever study art formally, and after leaving school, she became a social science teacher.
She taught for a while, and then went travelling.
Subsequently she studied silversmithing, which she taught instead, and spent a lot of time developing her unique pen and ink style. In 1977 Liz met Herbert Eckert in Sydney, and he sent examples of her artwork to Jean Dubuffet in France.
The latter then recommended that some of these should be purchased by the Collection de L'art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, so they purchased three pieces.
Since then, her drawings have appeared in various Outsider Art exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and are now included in several significant collections.
These days she lives near Terrigal, NSW, on the edge of a rainforest, and some of the creatures from there have a habit of finding their way into her work.