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Vincent van Gogh - Bloody Mary

Vincent van Gogh – Bloody Mary

Vincent van Gogh, Still-Life with Mackerels, Lemons and Tomatoes, 1886 oil on canvas, 39 x 57cm, Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur Vincent van Gogh‘s Still-Life with Mackerels, Lemons and Tomatoes was painted the year the artist moved from Antwerp, where he had very little to eat and no money, to Paris where he lived with his...
Lecture: Still Life Talk at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery

Lecture: Still Life Talk at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery

I have been invited to speak about the history of the still life at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 12 April at 2pm. The talk is special event for the exhibition The Last Supper by Ken + Julia Yonetani which features a 9-metre banquet table cast from salt. I will be speaking about the...
Further Reading – 21 November 2013

Further Reading – 21 November 2013

+ VISIT: The Museum of Sydney presents Eat your History: A Shared Table until Sunday 9 March 2014. The exhibition “invites you to take a fascinating stroll through eight historic homes that capture the different ages of Sydney’s food culture from 1788 to the 1950s. From the farmhouse-kitchen comforts of Elizabeth Farm to the excesses...
Henri Matisse - Stuffed Eggplant

Henri Matisse – Stuffed Eggplant

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Aubergines, 1911 oil on canvas, 116 x 89cm, Museum of Modern Art   The 1911 painting Still Life with Aubergines by Henri Matisse exemplifies the characteristics of the Fauvist movement with the wild brushstrokes and incongruent colours. The painting was completed during a period of flux in Matisse’s oeuvre, During...
Further Reading - 2 November 2013

Further Reading – 2 November 2013

Shelley Miller, Velocity, 2013 (left: day 1, right: day 29) sugar, edible cake decorating inks, 120 x 102.5cm + VIEW: Today is the last day to view Shelley Miller‘s sugar mural Velocity on the facade of the 2 Danks building. Velocity was part of Sugar, Sugar and has been slowly disintegrating since it was installed...
Elizabeth Willing - Pfeffernüsse

Elizabeth Willing – Pfeffernüsse

One of the focal points in Sugar, Sugar at Brenda May Gallery is the installation Goosebump, the 7-metre wall covered with over 300 pfeffernüsse biscuits. It took the Brisbane-based artist Elizabeth Willing over a day and a half to create the entire installation and visitors were invited to bite the cookies from the wall starting...
'Sugar, Sugar' at Brenda May Gallery

‘Sugar, Sugar’ at Brenda May Gallery

Using the beguiling substance of sugar as their medium, the ten artists of Sugar, Sugar at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney, engage notions of permanence given the transient nature of the material. With Shelley Miller’s ‘Velocity‘ exposed to all the elements, and slowly disintegrating, on the 2 Danks Street façade and Elizabeth Willing’s ‘Goosebump‘ being...
Mylyn Nguyen - Sweet Tea

Mylyn Nguyen – Sweet Tea

Only one more week until we install Sugar, Sugar at Brenda May Gallery! The work has started to arrive at the Gallery and I am incredibly proud of this exhibition, all of the artists are outstanding. The artwork below is one of the pieces included in the show and I was a bit more literal...
Janet Tavener - Asparagus Pie

Janet Tavener – Asparagus Pie

The Sugar, Sugar exhibition will be installed at Brenda May Gallery in about three weeks and in the lead-up to the show, I will be sharing a selection of the work that will be on view. You can see Mylyn Nguyen’s carved sugar cube in the current issue of Vogue Living. Janet Tavener, Asparagus Pie,...
Sugar, Sugar catalogue

Sugar, Sugar catalogue

The Sugar, Sugar exhibition catalogue is now complete and available for purchase. The 20 page book is available for $5 + postage and if you are interested, please send me an email (mfizell AT gmail DOT com). Payment accepted via paypal only. In addition to full colour reproductions of the artworks featured in the exhibition,...
Sugar, Sugar exhibition

Sugar, Sugar exhibition

The artists for the upcoming exhibition Sugar, Sugar have now been finalised and the show will feature ten female artists working with sugar as their medium. The artists include Matina Bourmas, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Judith Klausner, Stephanie Jones, Claire McArdle, Shelley Miller, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Tavener, Claire Anna Watson and Elizabeth Willing. Works range from carefully...
Gustave Courbet - Smoked Trout Smørrebrød

Gustave Courbet – Smoked Trout Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød is the Danish tradition of open-face sandwiches. A dark dense bread, usually a type of rye, is toasted and topped with smoked or pickled fish and other vegetables. In this version, the smoked trout is the star and so it is essential to purchase high-quality fish. I picked up a whole fish and carefully...