Justin O’Brien

Here’s a nice painting – which will be auctioned at Southerby’s in Melbourne on the 14th Aug. More nice things to look at are here.

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john r walker
9 years ago

wouldn’t mind having this one to keep

murph the surf.
murph the surf.
9 years ago

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/5-million-for-unknown-artist-20120728-2338f.html
Art shmart – I prefer to use a sort of locavore attitude to paintings – if I can’t meet the artist and drive to see their stuff in less than 30 minutes I’m not buying!
Where is the scam in the linked to article though – what is going on?
Don’t the sniffing elites sound miffed?

john walker
john walker
9 years ago

Murph that is possibly the weirdest thing I have ever read…… Must get the guy over , I have a few representations of shares in a bridge in sidney available for the discerning buyer.

Thankfully taste is not regulated, yet.

Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas
9 years ago

I think one needs to see Fred Williams work in person. Reproductions don’t do justice to the quality of his surfaces and one also needs to have spent time in that part of the country to understand the significance of what he saw and the way he saw it.

He offers insights into the unique – and the outback is unique – ‘sense of place’ that you get out there in that vast and featureless landscape, insights that are totally original and entirely ‘western’ in the making, but also seem to be consistent, in spirit, with the way the original inhabitants saw and symbolised their country.

I think he understood that the ‘drama’ of the outback is in the lack of any picturesque-ness – lol I just made that word up I think. But I don’t ‘like’ his gouache works – they don’t sing like some of the oils do. I wouldn’t ‘dislike’ them though.

john r walker
9 years ago
Reply to  Julie Thomas

Totally agree, reproduction loses the color flavor….the musicality of Freds stuff.
On the last day of the show at the NGA , Geoffry Lancaster gave a talk -complete with pianoforte performance- on Williams and Hayden, the talk and performance was enlightening. Unfortunately it does not seem to be available as a pod cast.

Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas
9 years ago

You are right; it would have been good if there was a podcast.

But, I did enjoy listening to a podcast of you talking about your work and I found quite a few images also. You are really ‘good’ – value judgement I feel qualified to make lol. Why haven’t I heard of you and seen your work? I am a real fan of Australian landscapes. Did you see what won the Paddington Art Prize last year? You must not have entered. That large landscape – you are standing in front of it in the photo that accompanies the podcast – is awesome.

Hayden and Fred Williams; Strauss and Justin O’Brien?

john r walker
9 years ago
Reply to  Julie Thomas

Thanks.
My stuff can be seen at
utopia art sydney 2 danks street waterloo 2017 tuesday to saturday 10am – 5pm

PS art competitions are stupid.

Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas
9 years ago

John If I ever get to Sydney I’ll be there but I don’t leave home much; it’s too good out here now that we have fast broadband.

Yeah comps are stupid but with some adjustments and/or some more ‘objective’ method of judging, they could be a better way to get some funding for artists than govt grants? At least one has to make some marks on a surface to enter a competition.

It really is the case that most of the people I know who have got grants didn’t ‘deserve’ them but they must have some skills as I haven’t ever been able to fill in one; they are much worse than Centrelink forms.

And yet I saw a while back that a batshit crazy man who pours milk over himself while rolling around on a table did get one! This person was also paid to give a talk at the Uni I was at. I didn’t go; I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight so I missed out on seeing the painting teacher – not a lecturer at all as he did ‘teach’ – walk out after a few minutes muttering quite loudly what ‘shite’ this was and I can’t remember his best lines :( but if you know about Glaswegians you can imagine that they were good.

john r walker
9 years ago
Reply to  Julie Thomas

Competitions often take this form. Some judges sit at a table and gallery workers run a few hundred pictures past them , the judges have a few seconds per pic to say yes. This culls the entries down into about 60-80 from which the judges make their final cut of about 35-40. And then the judges decide what is the winning category of art for that year -eg abstract,big heads, women artists, funky, post-something and so on . The judges then choose from the 35 finalists… and give something or other the prize.

Prizes are better than grants , the 35 finalists do get something ,a chance to be seen in a public gallery is not insignificant.

As for the grant system, if 15 dollars goes in, eventually a dollar fifty might trickle out somewhere…… I have been a self employed professional artist for years , none of us have any idea as to what the Ozco actually does at all.

Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas
9 years ago

a straight face I mean