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Artist Profile 29

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 Jamie McIlwraith CONTRIBUTORS JANE O’SULLIVAN is a freelance art writer and journalist based in Sydney. She is a former editor of Art Collector and Art Edit magazines and her writing has been published in the Australian Financial Review, Artnet and Ocula. GLENN BARKLEY is an art historian and curator. His exhibitions have focused on undercurrents in recent art history and surveyed artists from Australia and New Zealand. He curated Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration at Sydney’s MCA. LUCY STRANGER is a Sydney-based arts writer. She is currently undertaking a Bachelors degree in Art History and Theory at the University of Sydney. TERRIE SULTAN is the Director of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. She has more than 25 years of experience as a museum…

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editor’s note

CHUCK CLOSE IS one of America’s most eminent artists – an art world giant. It is thrilling that he is Artist Profile’s first international cover feature! In 1960s New York, Close emerged as a painter making large-scale photo-realist portraits. The subsequent 50-plus years have seen an indefatigable approach to his art-making, extending his practice through experimentation and collaboration. This issue coincides with Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, which is part of the International Art Series. The exhibition presents a selection of Close’s portraits and self-portraits, employing a variety of print-making methods such as woodblocks, linocuts and pulp paper works all of which give insight into the diversity, complexity and persistent ambition that defines his art. Superstardom does not overtake the stillness and solitude…

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seven walks cape leeuwin to bundeena

SYDNEY ARTIST AND city dweller Tom Carment is highly regarded for his lively landscape paintings, works on paper and expressionistic portraits. He often travels far from his much loved Sydney painting haunts to refresh his palette, and most of the time he prefers to paint solo. Tom is also known for his writing and has collaborated with photographer Michael Wee to produce a refreshingly quirky and beautifully illustrated book which comes out this month and chronicles his recent travels with Michael to remote parts of Australia. Four years ago over a coffee at his local inner-city cafe his good friend Michael Wee managed to convince Tom to go on some walks into the ‘wild’ parts of Australia. As both were inexperienced long-distance bushwalkers, Michael and Tom had to brush up on…

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rothschild prayerbook

KERRY STOKES RECENTLY made worldwide headlines with the purchase of the world’s most expensive book, the Rothschild Prayerbook. This is an important cultural artefact, the Flemish illuminated manuscript ‘book of hours’, which was illustrated over the period c. 1500–20 by a number of important artists from that era. Most believed that the legendary Rothschild Prayerbook – sold at Christie’s in early 2014 – had been snapped up by a European collector, but it was secretly bought by Mr Stokes and shipped to Perth. It’s great to see such an important cultural artefact like this to be housed in Australia and hopefully this will spur other generous philanthropists to follow suit with such inspiring and visionary artistic initiatives as this one. “I feel a great responsibility,” Mr Stokes said, describing the book…

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peter dreher: every day is a good day

TIME AND ITS passing state is an enduring focus underlying German artist Peter Dreher’s (b.1932) practice. Renowned for his series of over 5000 paintings of the same, empty glass, Dreher has produced a daily painting for the last 40 years. The series Tag um Tag guter Tag (Every Day is a Good Day), is reaching its full effect at Dreher’s first UK public exhibition at MK Gallery until 24 November. A series of small-scale oil still life paintings of an empty glass, each painting was produced in the same conditions; in the same position, from the same perspective and in one single sitting. The glass series is defined by Dreher’s act of observation and replication of the everyday. Viewed alongside the title of the exhibition Every Day is a Good Day,…

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alice wormald

Alice Wormald is inspired by the natural world. She makes abstracted landscape pictures that lead the viewer’s eye around her compositions in unexpected ways. Wormald creates paintings out of a compulsion to construct strange natural spaces where surface and depth, representation and abstraction all converge. The works often develop through a process of image collection and collage with a focus on natural imagery such as rocks, plants and geological formations. Wormald’s process involves spending time immersed in the landscape. A new body of work often begins with a roadtrip. Her most recent exhibition at Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne, was inspired by a drive down the Nepean Highway, to Frankston, Victoria. Stopping at seven or eight op-shops along the way, she filled her car boot with nature photography books and magazines –…