Artist Profile

Issue 56

Artist Profile is a leading quarterly journal taking its readers into the studios and minds of contemporary artists across Australasia and beyond. Industry professionals engage leading practitioners and emerging talent in conversations about their art, in their own words, while our exclusive photo shoots provide intimate access into artists’ personal and working lives. Readers gain knowledge of artists’ methods, preview works in progress and discover the life experiences that ignite artistic imaginations.

Artist Profile Pty Ltd
7.69 CHF
26.77 CHF
4 Numéros

dans ce numéro

3 min

Cover Image Megan Cope Photograph by Mick Richards Stories + Photos DR. BROOKE BOLAND is a freelance art writer from the NSW South Coast LEONARD BROWN is an Australian painter who lives and works in Ipswich RÉMICHAUVIN is a Tasmanian documentary and editorial photographer; HANNAH DONNELLY is a Wiradjuri writer, curator and producer interested in Indigenous Futures KIM GUTHRIE is a writer and photographer based on the Sunshine Coast; BRI HAMMOND is a photographer who works commercially and editorially; ANDREW HARPER is a writer and artist from coastal Tasmania DR. LUCY HAWTHORNE is an arts writer, artist, and researcher basded in Hobart DR. PETER HILL is an artist, writer, and independent curator. He is an Honorary Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne (VCA) H.R. HYATT-JOHNSTON is an artist and writer ANNA JOHNSON is an arts writer and author…

2 min
editor’s note

Isn’t it interesting how the meaning of words can change over time? Very recently the word “naughty” has caught my attention. “Naughty” in the visual arts. Who can possibly be “naughty” in the visual arts? What would naughty look like in this century as opposed to centuries past? Surely only an outsider to the visual arts would use the word “naughty” to critique an artist’s work. The Oxford English Dictionary describes the adjective naughty as “disobedient behaviour.” How can this apply in the visual arts? Some case studies are necessary here. In this issue of Artist Profile, with Noonuccal, Ngugi and Geonpal artist Megan Cope on the cover, you will once again discover the wonderfully mysterious world of the visual arts. I want to thank you all for your support and…

8 min
my nft journey, so far …

Why are we talking about Non-Fungible Tokens? There’s 69 million reasons … I was giving a talk back in March, a week or so after the $69 million sale of an NFT at auction (note, it was not bought with dollars, but with 42,329.453 ETH, Ethererum, the world’s second biggest digital coin, by a “cryptocurrency billionaire”), and was asked about them in the question period. I admitted that it was all Greek to me at that stage, but the scale of the acquisition seemingly out of the blue made me wary that a fad had broken onto the scene. So I set about learning about NFTs. It’s been like a game of snakes and ladders; a possibility of something new and exciting, of climbing to new aesthetic heights, followed by…

3 min
lost friends

There was, however, one person who held it in esteem. He was a painter with whom I was close in those days. I remember us spending entire days walking together, pitting our understandings of art and the world against each other. It was not in his nature to shower praise on a friend, but he did approve of that particular painting of mine, so I let him keep it at his place. It was right that a painting like that should be with someone who knew its value. When I think about it, I see how remarkable it is that we enjoyed a few years of friendship, for although we were embarking on the same path, sharing an absolute devotion to art, we were made of different stuff. Sometimes our discussions…

7 min
nurse ogilvie’s bed sheets madeleine peters

Her latest exhibition, ‘Nurse Ogilvie’s Bed Sheets’ has already been crated and dispatched to The Egg & Dart for her forthcoming exhibition in August. The Sydney Contemporary works are drawn from her collection of magazines about hobbies and specific pastimes: bird keeping, African violet and fuschia breeding, model building, and target shooting. In these, she celebrates “the uncomfortably bright flash lighting, and the homemade backdrops. It’s more an overlapping (or just lapping?) of cyclical reflection, and images and stories of place, belief, purpose, and devotion.” Call it synchronicity, or just plain roll-of-the-dice chance. I had recently finished re-reading Australian academic Victoria Carruthers’s definitive monograph Dorothea Tanning: Transformations (Lund Humphries, 2020) on American surrealist Dorothea Tanning, when I jumped on the train from Melbourne to Warrnambool, to interview Peters. Four hours later,…

5 min
michael mchugh the kaleidoscope

“Colourful paintings are informed by the reordering of plant form DNA; he undertakes extensive research in the field …” For Sydney-based, Auckland-born artist Michael McHugh his colourful paintings are informed by the reordering of plant form DNA; he undertakes extensive research in the field before following with experimental drawings and collage. Here is where the imagination kicks in, the artist commenting that, though there are certain structures audiences may recognise, there will always be a twist. There’s an artistic interpretation of the research material. At the end of 2019, before 2020 brought a wave of lockdowns, McHugh went to the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library in London – the largest horticultural library in the world. Here the artist was inspired by the diversity of botanical drawings and studies. As soon as lockdown…