Art & Architecture
Artist Profile

Artist Profile Issue 36

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
Read More
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

THE AP TEAM EDITOR Kon Gouriotis artistprofile@nextmedia.com.au ART DIRECTOR Kim Gregory kgregory@nextmedia.com.au DEPUTY EDITOR Lucy Stranger artistprofile@nextmedia.com.au SUB-EDITOR Jamie McIlwraith CONTRIBUTORS STEVE LOPES is a Sydney-based painter. His work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. He is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney ASHLEY CRAWFORD is a freelance cultural critic and arts journalist based in Melbourne. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. SARA SWEET is a Sydney-based arts writer and artist. ANNA JOHNSON is a Sydney-based arts and cultural writer. CHLOE MANDRYK is a Sydney-based writer and curator. She is the Editor of Art Almanac and Manager of ARTAND Foundation. JOE KINSELA is an historian of Australian architecture. BRIDGET MACLEOD is an arts writer and curator. She works for Defiance Gallery, Sydney Karen Mills, Untitled, 2016, dry pigments and ochre on linen, 45 x 45cm, page 74 JOE FROST is…

4 min.
editor's note

“IT’S A DISTURBING THING THAT WE STILL HAVE TO defend the National Arts School,” Ann Thompson says in the most recent issue of ARTIST PROFILE. Ann was referring to the possible merger with a Sydney university and the relocation of the National Art School (NAS) from its historic Darlinghurst gaol site. Hopefully the future of NAS will be more assured while this issue is current. Ann, like Reg Mombassa, who features on our cover, is a former NAS student. The diversity of Australian tertiary art education, through university or TAFE, has served the community well in the development of artists. Institutions have continually pushed the boundaries and constantly improved. Some of the world’s most important artists, including Jane Campion and Marc Newson, have come from Australian tertiary art institutions, and many…

7 min.
backing sydney modern

IN 2016, THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (AGNSW) is my church. I am an artist and an addict of culture and the visual language of contemporary art. I am also resolute in my belief in the power of art to engage and shape and change my society for the better. As a Trustee of the AGNSW, I spoke publicly for the fi rst time last year of my excitement about the Gallery’s expansion plans. I stood alongside Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, who are working with the Gallery as architects on the Sydney Modern Project. The expanded museum will instantly join the ranks of the most famous cultural institutions in the world. It will be an icon in my country…

6 min.
kerrie hughes

“After 15 years in London ... when came back I saw the New Zealand bush as exotic and jungle-like. YOUR BACKGROUND IS IN FASHION DESIGN. WHEN and why did you start painting? As far back as I can remember I wanted to be an artist, but it seemed an impossible ideal. My career in fashion was the next best thing I could do in my circumstances. I had a show at Pataka Museum with my friend, the milliner Liza Foreman. It consisted of wedding dresses and headdresses framed by painted ‘verdure tapestry’ backdrops. The backdrops were supposed to be painted by a friend who dropped out, so I painted them myself. Back then I just copied tapestries. I planned to use the backdrops later to cover my bedroom walls. How did this fashion…

7 min.
justine varga

WHEN JUSTINE VARGA GRADUATED WITH HONOURS from the National Art School (NAS) with honours in 2007 she faced a void. Literally. After an intensive technical training she was finally confronted with the freedom, and the challenge, of making work solely for herself. “I set myself the task to go into the studio to do something every day, with the limitation that I could use only what was to be found within it. Fundamental to this time was that I gave myself no deadline to complete the works. I was doing it for no audience,” says Varga. The austerity of her project and the clarity of her purpose generated a series of photographs work that were minimal but not stringently minimalist. One included in it a roll of tape, another a small…

15 min.
reg mombassa

“I’ve always had the two approaches – the sublime and the ridiculous or the ugly and beautiful. YOU HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT WHICH CHRONICLES 50 years of your work, focusing particularly on your landscapes. The first work in it, I did from my bedroom window when I was 16. It has been a fiddly process sorting images because I have thousands in my catalogue. The trick is to not be too repetitive. It is more or less in chronological order plus some sections with themed subjects, such as houses, charcoal drawings, trees and telegraph poles, etc – things that have interested me over the years. I have drawn assiduously since the age of three, like most children, but more keenly I guess than other kids did. My early subject matter was…