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Artist Profile 28

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.

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THE AP TEAM EDITOR Owen Craven ocraven@nextmedia.com.au ART DIRECTOR Vincent Rommelaere vrommelaere@nextmedia.com.au EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Lucy Stranger artistprofile@nextmedia.com.au SUB-EDITOR Sarah Friggieri CONTRIBUTORS LUISE GUEST is an independent writer and researcher with a focus on Chinese contemporary art. She is currently writing a book about women artists in China, to be published by Piper Press in 2015. Luise is the inaugural winner of the2 Danks Street / Artist Profile Award for Art Criticism. BRIDGET MACLEOD is a Sydney-based arts writer and curator. She holds a Masters in Curatorial Studies and is the gallery manager of The Hughes Gallery, Sydney. STEVE LOPES is a Sydney-based painter and printmaker. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian Parliament House, Canberra. He is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. GREGORY O’BRIEN is a poet, essayist, painter and printmaker. Recent books include Euan Macleod: the painter in…

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editor’s note

IN THIS ISSUE, we feature a range of artists whose practice sees them working across a variety of media and exploring different parts of their world. Our writers and the artists they cover, present a range of art-making taking place across the globe. We speak with Belinda Fox from her studio in the densely packed urban city of Singapore; and Fiona Pardington talks to us about her fossicking for props washed ashore in remote beaches of northern New Zealand, to include in her still life photographs. We meet with Emily Floyd in her studio to learn of the influences that inform her large scale installation works and we visit Heide Museum of Art for our cover shoot to see, first hand, how the works come to life once installed. Again this…

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cuts to the arts will impoverish australian culture

Since the recent cuts to the budget by the Abbott government there has been unanimous concern for the impact the cutback in arts will hold for Australian culture. The across the board cuts to the Australia Council and Screen Australia threatens a grave impact for small to medium arts organisations as well as individual practitioners. The decrease in funding will result in fewer government grants for emerging artists and the harsh truth that fewer films and television programmes are likely to be produced. A dynamic part of Australian identity, the loss of funding will be a long-term impediment on the growth and cultural vibrancy of the arts in Australia. Published recently in the Guardian, united practitioners in the arts community, including Christos Tsiolkas, JM Coetzee, Don Watson, Shaun Tan and Robert…

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watters gallery 50th birthday

STORY OWEN CRAVEN WATTERS GALLERY opened in Darlinghurst in 1964, and since then has become one of the leading private galleries on the Sydney arts scene. This year, the gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary and cements itself as the nation’s oldest commercial gallery operating today. Led by Frank Watters, Geoffrey Legge & Alexandra Legge, Watters Gallery has represented significant artists of every era during this time. It has remained at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia all the while refusing to follow art-world trends and adhering to a policy of showing only artists who are totally committed to their practice of art-making. The long-term alliance between these three individuals is unique but it is underpinned by tolerance, admiration and diversity. The partnership was originally setup with Frank running the daily business of…

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2014 melbourne art fair

STORY LUCY STRANGER “Galleries will present a diverse range of works spanning paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, new media and installation work by both established and emerging talent. AS THIS MAGAZINE hits the stands, Melbourne opens its doors to the international art community, with the annual Melbourne Art Fair 13 – 17 August. Renowned as Australia’s longest running and most established art fair, for 25 years the Fair has been a base from which to garner insights into the latest contemporary art. Set within the stage of the historical Royal Exhibition in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne Art Foundation has organised 70 leading galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the international surrounds. Melbourne Art Fair Director Barry Keldoulis, overseeing his first fair, drew attention to the importance of having the best selection…

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belinda fox

STORY LUCY STRANGER Belinda Fox’s art is arresting in its intricate layering of detail and colour. Her intriguing hybrid practice is entirely unique, incorporating an array of art styles from printmaking to watercolour, and recently experimenting with the three dimensional aspect of sculpture. Interconnecting these different art forms in a collective dialogue evokes an exhibition that is laden with conceptual impact. As a result her compositions - delicate balances of lace-like patterns and earthy tonal washes, transport the viewer into meditations on moments of transition and transformation. Since her move to Singapore, and recent success of a sell out show last year at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore, Belinda Fox spoke with Artist Profile about the new experiences and people that shape her work. “For me making is meaning. Ideas are formed through…