tête-à-tête in the atelier

As a teacher of art I support my students to realise their aspirations, a simple enough notion. Well, it ought be simple, but the students feel rattled as they unwrap the complex layers of the contemporary art industry. We watch the art scene as it spasms convolutedly for all sorts…

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The ‘Blue Poles’ Allusion

At the cusp of the age of Post-Modernism the Australian Government purchased the large painting called ‘Blue Poles’ by Jackson Pollock, an American who worked and splashed his way to notoriety after the Second World War. The art purchase created a fuss in 1973. Entire pine plantations were pulped for…

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Feeling

Here is another short studio conversation in a series of commentaries and lectures about atelier art practice: You cannot paint a feeling you do not truly feel. You cannot represent a mood if the mood is not within you. You cannot catch a spirit you do not believe exists. You…

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The School of Den Hague Artists

The School of Den Hague artists! They dared to dream of muddied terrain. Surf crashing on wide sandy beaches. Distant bursts of light. Shafts of sun crashing through a skylight in the grey clouds. They called it ‘Tegenlicht’. Against the light. That’s what it means. At the centre of the…

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A Radiation of Jellyfish – Visual Diary

“Pieter, you were born in the old world, grew up during the poverty of the Cold War and now you are a technophile,” mused my father in his atelier. “What do you see?” As a child in Cold War Europe he also asked me the same question. What did I…

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