This Footy Life Studio Exhibition Is a collection of recent football themed paintings, sketches and illustrations from the last couple of years.
It is collection of works that show my own exploration of technique and style through experimentation. I have been specific in the way that I have worked over the last year or so in particular, to explore the possibilities of using memory and imagination as a way to create content for paintings.
This has meant that I have veered away from using reference materials such as photographs. I wanted to see what my mind could come up with during this period.
And so I took my curiosity to paper and in following the 2017 season to its most glorious finality, I came up with a series of paintings that documented my own footy trip for the year. I had no idea where this intention would lead, or what I would come up with.
It became a footy journal or diary of sorts, that I subsequently titled 'Tea for the Boys'.
Why 'Tea for the Boys'?
It began with a sketch that I did of my youngest, Hugo, and a couple of his under 12 footy team mates whom he would bring home from school on training nights for afternoon tea before heading off for training. It has been a well established routine at our place for many years.
This became the impetus for creating these twisted domestic spaces that are inhabited by various footy players. I played with variations of who came to tea as each week of the footy season progressed and as the various seasonal dramas unfolded.
One of the things that did come up through this process was the use of language. Language at home, in the media, newspapers, text and online spaces such as twitter and instagram.
The exhibition shows and number of earlier works that are more traditional in their style and I have on display some of my sketchbooks that I use regularly and which are used to document visual moments.
This Footy Life; Studio Exhibition
1159 Glen Huntly Road
1/7/2018 - 31/7/2018
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