Portia Geach Memorial Award: gone to the dogs

I found Joanna Braithwaite's entry to this year's Portia Geach Memorial Award at the S.H. Ervin Gallery absolutely irresistible. Titled Canine Council - self portrait with dogs in art, it shows Braithwaite almost completely engulfed by dogs of all shapes and sizes. I looked for Braithwaite's beloved black pug, Brains, and sure enough he's there. See ...

Blake Prize people’s choice; exhibition closes Saturday

Artist Janine Mackintosh has won the People's Choice award in this year's Blake Prize for the religious and spiritual in art. The work is titled Above and Beyond, and is made of gum leaves. There's not much time left to see the Blake, which closes on Saturday (October 2) at the National Art School Gallery in Darlinghurst. ...

Paul Connor, the kayaking artist of Sydney Harbour

You could call Paul Connor the kayaking artist of Sydney Harbour. I interviewed Paul this week at his Balmain home and we walked down to the waterfront at Mort Bay where he launched his kayak. Strapped to the bow of his kayak is small wooden box containing a basic painting kit including gouaches and brushes. Living ...

Cathy Weiszmann exhibition full of quiet wisdom

This is a picture of Cathy Weiszmann which I took at Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown this month. I met Cathy while doing a story on her for the Daily Telegraph, Sydney. The story appeared in the paper on September 20. Her exhibition is on until October 5. Actually, if you're sporty, you'll probably know Cathy's ...

Just downloaded: Sculpture at Sawmillers, McMahons Point, Sydney

Sculpture at Sawmillers is a new event in the Sydney art calendar, and hopefully it will become a regular one. Organised by former National Trust CEO Elsa Atkin, Sculpture at Sawmillers is a fabulous event. It took place this weekend (September 18 and 19, 2010) at Sawmiller Reserve in McMahons Point, on Sydney's lower North Shore. I ...