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The Story Behind Charles Blackman's 'The Masterwork Series'

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  Since his childhood, Auguste Blackman has been at his father’s side. As he moved through adolescence, this bond flowered into a partnership - with Auguste becoming Charles’s printmaking apprentice and friend. Together, the duo bonded over a sensitivity to the world and its myriad of shades - a talent that served them well in the workshop. Printmaking is a process unlike any other. In the thick of technology, skill and collaboration, it not only fosters incredible art, it empowers the artist. In Charles Blackman’s new series The Masterworks, these ideas unite. A testament to medium’s singularity, these prints cast...

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Auguste Blackman, eldest son of Charles Blackman, discusses bringing 'Nightfall' to light

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Auguste and Charles Blackman in 1961, two years before 'Nightfall' was drawn. Photograph by Mary Nolan, nee Boyd Auguste, can you describe the original 'Nightfall'? What was the medium and the idea behind it? Is there any enduring significance to the image of the girl, who looks like she is floating in a dream?  The original drawing is compressed charcoal on fine drawing paper. Charles's interior world was about dreams coming to life and he is a master of expressing resonance in an image. The contrast between light and shade describes great drama. The girl floats in repose across the...

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Cool and Collectible | An Interview and Collection from Eve Gunson of Dot + Pop

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There are some people who just have a knack for space and Eve Gunson is one of them. As the woman behind the ever hip Dot + Pop, Eve has earnt a following for not just renovating rooms but inspiring the most impeccable interiors. As fans ourselves, we asked Eve to curate her own collection of room elevating art. So read on to browse her collection, discover the key to her tactile taste and why she thinks art should never be an afterthought. --------------------------- Could you give us a short introduction about yourself and why you love design? Dot + Pop...

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Art, Desire and Vision Loss: An interview with Erica Tandori

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Erica Tandori is a legally-blind artist, academic and public speaker who was diagnosed with a form of macular dystrophy in her first year of art school. Her writing and practice examine the lived experience of vision loss, and the relationship between sight, vision and desire. With a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Erica shares with us some of her thoughts on what it means to 'see' the world from this unique and 'eye-opening' perspective.  --------------------Erica - you are an incredible artist and writer, with amazing technical skill. It is impossible to know from your paintings alone that you are legally blind. Can you tell...

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The Real Deal | Understanding The Letter of Provenance and the Certificate of Authenticity

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When buying anything, the product should match the label - and this is no different in the world of art. As objects imbued with intangible value, gauging where a work of art began and where it’s been is part of the product.     Enter the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and Letter of Provenance (LOP). While these documents perform similar roles, they fundamentally differ. This article will pare back any myths and explain what, why and how these documents come into being.   What is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)? A COA certifies that the artist attributed to a work...

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