TRAC 2019 Conference

I will be speaking at the 2019 TRAC conference in Ventura California. My topic will be Representation and Imagination. My segment will take place at 10:30 am on Wednesday the 3rd of April. Looking forward to meeting everyone there and having some great discussions about representational art.

Here is a link to the website for the Conference

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The 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition

My painting Self Portrait, In The Yard was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  Tania and I went to Sydney for the announcement and opening of the gallery.  Despite the result we had a great time, and met some fantastic people.  There is an article about the exhibition here where I get a little mention near the end.  The painting was placed in a prominent spot easily visible when you walk into the gallery at Juniper Hall.  Looking forward to giving it another go next year. 

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Juniper Hall

Juniper Hall

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Visit to LA and catching up with an old friend

I got a chance to catch up with my old friend Kevin Chen recently when I was in LA.  It had been a while since we last hung out and it was really great to spend time together.  Kevin and I met way back in the summer of 96 at Associates in Art, the industry and artistic hub created by the late Mark Westermoe.  Now Kevin has a school he built on his own, carrying on the legacy of Associates.   It's called the Concept Design Academy and wow!  If you are in LA and looking for a place to learn, this is it!   Kevin gave us a tour and it was really impressive.  What an exciting place to be.  On the walls of CDA you can see not only instructor artwork but also some of the old Watkiss murals from Associates.  

Looking at an old demo from back in the Associates in Art days.  Those drawings in the background are Kevin's

Looking at an old demo from back in the Associates in Art days.  Those drawings in the background are Kevin's

One part of the murals John Watkiss made for Associates in Art

One part of the murals John Watkiss made for Associates in Art

One of the studios in Kevin's school.  You can see some instructor demos on the wall to the left.  

One of the studios in Kevin's school.  You can see some instructor demos on the wall to the left.  

Another Watkiss painting.

Another Watkiss painting.

12x12, A Portrait Exhibition

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I was invited to take part in an exhibition at the Florence Academy of Art US called “12x12, A Portrait Exhibition”.  All the artists were asked to produce head studies that were 12x12 inches in size.  Looking at the paintings on the wall at Mana Contemporary gave an incredible glimpse into the diversity of approaches to head drawing and painting.  It was an honor to be on the wall with so many other fantastic artists.  If you are in the New York area and have an interest in figurative work this is a unique experience that can’t be replicated at any other gallery exhibition.