Ink drawings

Because oil paintings take a lot of time time to finish, sometimes I want to do something with a relatively fast result. These ink drawings still take an evening each, but I love to do a few of them in between the long oil painting sessions. I don’t know why, but for some reason I …

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Double retroactive inspiration

A blog I wrote in 2013 about my favourite subject of ‘retroactive inspiration’, needs an update! In an newspaper I saw a beautiful picture of a 60 years old cable cabin, located in Chiatura in Georgia. I looked it up on the internet and there were even more pictures of this amazing 6 kilometre long …

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Bob’s Bird Barn

For about a century this building in the center of Maitland, was home to the Carrington Hotel, which closed down in the 1980’s. Then came a pet store named Bob’s Bird Barn. But the last few decades the building is empty and neglected by the owner. To prevent more deterioration, the Council closed the windows and …

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Icons of our collective memory (the Beatles)

Our collective memory contains thousands of faces, names, brands, objects, scandals, disasters and victories. Like I said above; you often only need a small clue to understand what is meant. Two musical notes heard … and you can sing along to the song. Just some initials could be enough for certain celebs or brands. A …

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Artastique 2019

Recently we have organised an art event called Artastique.The idea was: for 10 days in March 2019, businesses will team up with artists to display artworks in shop windows of Maitland’s High Street, for the public to view and enjoy.The vision for this community initiative is of an event that puts the visual arts on …

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Mural

In September the Maitland council did a call out to artists to come up with a idea for a 18 x 9 meter wall. Frank sent them a design based on one of my paintings, photoshopped on the wall. The council chose us to create it.We asked another artists (Andrew Bennett) to help us and …

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Bendigo Art Award

What a surprise when I got called on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
“You’ve won the first prize.”
“WHAT???”
“You have won the first prize!”

Earlier I had entered The Waller Art Prize. An inaugural &prize exhibition, first held in October 2018 at Trades Hall in Bendigo. The Prize was initiated by in honour of Bendigo Artist & BendArts founder Hugh Waller (1959 – 2017). The opening of the Waller is 20th October, 6pm

I already was happy I had made it to finalist and could have hang my painting in the Trades Hall for a couple of weeks. I absolutely had not expected to win anything. Having my name out there had been my goal.
It is such a great honour to be chosen out of all the other professional artists with their amazing works! THANKS BENDIGO XXXXX

Icons of our collective memory (Frida)

Our collective memory contains thousands of faces, names, brands, objects, scandals, disasters and victories. Like I said above; you often only need a small clue to understand what is meant. Two musical notes heard … and you can sing along to the song. Just some initials could be enough for certain celebs or brands. A …

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Icons of our collective memory (no signal)

Acrylic on 300 canvases 100 x 75 cm. Our collective memory contains thousands of faces, names, brands, objects, scandals, disasters and victories. You often only need a small clue to understand what is meant. Two musical notes heard … and you can sing along to the song. Just some initials could be enough for certain …

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Icons of our collective memory (Heisenberg)

As an immigrant I got intrigued by the phenomenon ‘collective memory’. A while after moving from the Netherlands to New Zealand I realised that a large piece of my personality was built on the history I shared with people I had grown up with. For example; jokes. Most jokes are based on shared knowledge between …

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The sign is on

It has been a while since I posted an update about our move to Australia. Well, last year we found our perfect dream home, with a large shop window in the main street of Maitland. Maitland is about 30 kilometres from Newcastle. It has beautiful historic buildings and a railway to Newcastle and Sydney. Maitland …

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Sculptures outdoors

These are 2 sculptures I made for a collector in New Zealand. They are variations of my familiar treescapes and are made from spin formed steel components, welded together and then grinded and surface finished. The red sculpture sits on a Corten steel plinth and measures about 70x70x80cm, the plint is about 1m high. For …

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Lethbridge gallery

I became a finalist at the small scale art award of the Lethbridge gallery in Brisbane. I was not able to be present at the announcement of the prizes, but it’s still fun if the gallery owner picks just MY paintings to feature in advance!

Early works

In 1993 I collected pictures from newspapers of people who were in some way ‘in action’. After I had a bunch of good mugs, I played around with the copying-machine to resized the pictures to my liking. Then I stuck them together in a way as if they are looking towards you.

Some of my art treasures

Today in the op-shop I paid a few dollars for a precious little artwork. Even the tiny sign (B. Burns ’82) was meticulously neatly done. For me it’s clear this is or was a true talented person.