VCA School of Art 2015 Graduate Exhibition

Graduation Show 15
Graduation Show 15

The VCA School of Art 2015 Graduate Exhibition  opened tonight and I went along, preparing to be

En En See " Fold Paintings"oil on linen and hessian
En En See ” Fold Paintings”oil on linen and hessian

dazzled. I wasn’t disappointed. There was a massive array of work on display, which attracted a large crowd. Seen lurking in the distance was Paul Borg, ex VU teacher, the enigmatic Louise Hall, current VU teacher but the mercurial Peter Burke was nowhere in sight! Perhaps still frantically installing the Graduate 2015 VU Exhibition?

Emma White "Six Mile", acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White “Six Mile”, acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White "Six Mile", acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White “Six Mile”, acrylic paint and fluorescent lights

The work was varied, innovative and skillful. Of particular interest were the large canvases, of either acrylic or oil paint, placed onto stretchers, displaying a variety of subject matter and painting styles. Several were figurative and realistic, but my favourites were abstract compositions, executed in a very painterly fashion, employing a bold colour palette. It is a method I have adopted in my own artistic practice in the latter half of the year, specifically following my Detroit field trip. My canvases were not stretched as I worked spontaneously off a roll of canvas I bought for my entry into the Basil Sellers Prize.

En En See " Cut Diamond"oil on linen, steel
En En See ” Cut Diamond”oil on linen, steel

I attended an interview, in these esteemed premises last week, in my pursuit of further visual art training, and anxiously await its

En En See " Cut Diamond"oil on linen, steel
En En See ” Cut Diamond”oil on linen, steel

outcome.

 

The exhibition was too vast to see it all in much detail, I will return when the crowds have abated and I am easily able to view all works more thoroughly.

 

Battling

The end is in sight. It’s been two heady years at Victoria University, highs and lows, friendships forged and help given. I’ve loved it. I am eternally grateful to the chance I’ve been given, to return to my constant love, that of painting. Sometimes hidden in the background, but always on my mind, she is the constant nagging ache, that never quite goes away. I have embraced her these last few years after turning my back on her, for what I thought were more pressing demands on my time.

I’m loving what I do. Inspired, thankful, challenged, desperate, energised, I move onto the next phase of my artistic journey, hopefully receiving more brilliant tuition and networking opportunities with fellow visual artists.

studio
studio

The sleeping giant is awakened, but underneath I’m still a grateful, humble,

studio floor
studio floor

nervous, country kid.

 

Vale VU, couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

 

Paul Borg’s Studio

Paul in studio
Paul in studio
father in law portrait
father in law portrait
portrait
portrait

Today our Victoria University Artspace class, visited Paul Borg‘s studio. Based at home, in St Albans, he runs a workshop and studio out of his converted garage. The yard and surrounds are a plethora of found objects, recycled items and gathered paraphernalia. I got lost several times enroute, the VW’s nose not used to being pointed in a westerly direction. 

Paul Borg
Paul Borg

Inside the studio boasts a cornucopia of work. Vast, skilfully executed oil paintings of his, and surrounding backyards, local landscapes, religious icons, and unique portraiture. An exemplary brushman, he taught at VU Flinders Campus for many years, and showed us a series of drawings he completed on his daily train commute. Application to his craft, long working hours, self discipline, and inspiration from unlikely sources, are all building blocks of his creative practice.

Paul Borg studio visit
Paul Borg studio visit

An informative Q&A session rounded off the interview, and we left his studio feeling privileged to be granted an expose to his  work, specifically the family portraiture, which comprises a large part of his creative practice.

Paul in studio
Paul in studio