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Five Questions about Eddie Botha

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Eddie gives us an interesting insight into his practice, thoughts and feelings about people and the world... 1) Who are you and how do you identify as an artist?I’m a highly emotional, sensitive and multicultural-minded dreamer, comedian, amateur philologist, nature lover and activist that uses drawings to express myself. My search for cultural identity and sincere friendships leads me to examine interactions deeply. The best way I can express my extreme emotions and philosophies about life is through expressive drawings, using style street-gallery style impressions that consist of layering and complexity. I identify with artists who broke out of the norm,...

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Eddie Botha - Friendly Animals

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Eddie Botha’s work is both personal and indifferent, sentimental and light as he examines human interactions deeply. Born in South Africa, Eddie is a well-travelled multiculturalist, dreamer, comedian, nature lover and activist whose search for cultural identity and sincere relationships is expressed through his highly detailed drawings and paintings of people and society. Using pen, paint, newspaper and collage, Eddie depicts intricate, intimate scenes filled with a cacophony of characters who colour the everyday streets.   Nothing in Eddie’s works is by chance. Combining a love of street art with the sensitivity of penmanship, a series of conversations about human...

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5 Questions with Dave Bowers from Doug Bartlett

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Alongside Nick Morris, Dave Bowers is one half of the raucous energy 'Doug Bartlett'.  Here he dives into the hectic process behind each work, his childhood landscape and friendship with Morris.  Have a gander at Doug Bartlett's new collection - 'Why don't we paint the town?' here. How did you come up with the name 'Doug Bartlett'?The name Doug Bartlett comes from our two childhood favourite AFL players - Doug Hawkins (Footscray) and Kevin Bartlett (Richmond).  We wanted a name that was distinctly Australian and slightly irreverent as we felt it would suit our brash, impulsive style.  Plus the fact that our...

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Why don't we paint the town? - Doug Bartlett

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Under the pseudonym ‘Doug Bartlett’, good mates Nick Morris and Dave Bowers roll up their garage doors and “let rip” on canvas.  The results are more jazz fusion than pop art.  The works are textured like sand in boots, loud like dogs barking and chaotic like waves breaking. For Morris and Bowers, Doug Bartlett is an “energy”.  They describe a visceral process where no law rules.  Each man throws himself against the canvas, feverishly painting and pasting under the rule - either can override the other.  The result is dense and incidental - like a cityscape, canvases glean layers of...

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Charles Blackman's Wonderland

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Since 1956 Charles Blackman and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland have shared a kindred bond.  This year marks Alice’s 150th birthday.  In celebration, the collection Charles Blackman's Wonderland casts an eye back at the unlikely pairing of Alice and Blackman.  Child heroine and larrikin meet in works which see Alice become not just a literary figure, but also an icon of Australian art.   Blackman first encountered Alice in Wonderland on audiotape.  At the time his wife Barbara was losing her sight.  The couple would spend evenings listening to books.  In these hours Alice took form in Blackman’s mind.  He responded...

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