May 23, 2018
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Painters on Screen Arts

Ishi Neve
Painter (Manly, NSW)

Originally from New Zealand, the land of independent thinkers, Ishi moved to Australia with his family in 1989. His memories of his birthplace include a prehistoric Jurassic Park-like rain forest in his backyard.

Ishi missed New Zealand desperately and it was a difficult transition for his family as they started a new life in Manly. Although as a kid there was lots of bushwalking, drawing, skating and plenty to do. This challenging time made a lasting impact on the naïve five year old which is evident in the essence of his paintings.

Today Ishi finds inspiration from Victorian English architecture, Picasso, Gauguin and has a fascination with the way that people with psychological disorders view the world.

Of himself, Ishi says, “I paint because there’s too much in my head, it keeps the insanity at bay.”   

On the surface his paintings are intense, fun and hectic, but they come from a place of confusion and uncertainty. There’s an underlying sense of fear that reflects Ishi’s desire to disengage from the world around him, yet at the same time change it for the better.

Ishi is currently doing artworks for Hayden shapes surfboards which has broadened his horizons when it comes to the way he does his art.

Ishi’s first show will be at the Barking Frog in Manly. It’s sponsored by Hayden Shapes surfboards, Tiger beer and Favourite Things.

For information on how to purchase / commission Ishi, please contact him below. Gallery enquiries welcome.

Fiona Horton 
Painter / Mixed Media / Collage Artist (Pymble, NSW)

Fiona Horton is an artist / photographer based in the northern suburbs of Sydney. She has always been a keen photographer but decided to further her interest in painting. She completed a Visual Arts Diploma in 2004 at Northbridge School of Visual Arts, followed by a Diploma of Freelance Photography in 2005. For two years after this, in early 2006, she commenced learning mixed media techniques with Annette Pringle.

Ultimately wanting to combine her interest in photography with painting and the many mixed media techniques learnt over the years, she evolved a technique to create personal artworks.

She began by combining photographs with other images from various sources. These were then resolved with mixed media techniques such as textured backgrounds (with images scratched in), acrylic resist, bitumen, shellac and oil glazing. As a result, visually interesting collages were formed.

These started out as collages of photos and images of urban life, inspired by Melbourne’s fantastic café/bar society and laneways. Another theme exhibited was beach life, with collages inspired by trips around Australia’s beautiful coastline.

Fiona has now started her own business centered on her collages. She creates custom designed personal artworks for individuals and families, based on photographs of children, families and travels. Special holidays, birthdays and anniversaries can be remembered this way. She is able to use the customer’s photos or if desired can take individual photos for the collage.

She sees her art as a creative and very personal way to display memories. The collages add dimension and texture to ordinary photos and more importantly, combine other facets of life on canvas that people would not ordinarily see, such as objects that are symbolic to the individual – e.g. parts of school reports, achievements, hobbies and interests.

Because these works are done on an individual basis, the size, theme, colours, composition and content of the work are entirely up to the customer.

She also likes to paint abstract images, some particularly inspired by the colours of the outback, along with natural scenes displaying a contemporary feel.

Fiona has exhibited in various art shows in Sydney, including Riverview, Corpus Christi and St. Thomas’s. She held her first joint exhibition in Sydney at Gallery 307 in Northbridge, in August 2007. She also paints for retail shops/small galleries.

Prices are quoted on an individual basis, depending on the canvas size required. Most sizes can be made to order. Please e-mail with an idea of size and Fiona will return to you with a price. As an estimate, the following measurements give a guide to costs for the collages:

10 x 20 inches (25 x 36cm) – $225*
20 x 30 inches (51 x 76cm) – $690*
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101cm) – $1,150*
*GST is not charged

Fiona is also available for small freelance photography work. Please contact her for further information on her collages, artwork for sale or commissioned work.

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Luke Going Photographer (Rapid Creek, NT)

I have been taking pictures since high school, going on 10 years now. Over that period I have seen my passion for photography wax & wane and it has only been in the last 2 years I have started to take it more seriously. I Consider this period to be a introspective analysis into what my photo’s are trying to tell me about who I am and where I’m heading.

Moving to Darwin with my family at the beginning of 2007 was the perfect impetus to implement a creative shift. I became fascinated by the ambience of light, and the contrast of shadow, and how integral they were in dramatically transforming a scene.

 

I focused on my immediate environment, being the large tropical garden that exclusively hid us away from the world. I switched religiously to Black & White and refined my artistic temperament to Fine Art. I was drawn to more abstract compositions as they reflected my desire to capture true individualistic images. To use the frame in my camera correlated to an empty canvas, I had the medium I loved and the inspiration at hand. I basically found myself in the middle of a life altering reforming of my artistic style.

Being heavily influenced by 20th century masters such as Andre Kertesz, W. Eugene Smith, Cartier-Bresson, Ernst Haas and Irving Penn, I was increasingly intrigued by expanding my vision and seeing urban landscapes as a template for expressionistic thought and creative design. Seeing beyond the mind’s surface fog that screens off the true beauty of the world, I became innately aware of using intuition as a guiding light to find myself within my art.

I am transforming my passion for fine art into portraiture and reportage. Irving Penn’s Portraits of the literate elite have given me insight into the human figure/personality as captivating subject matter for fine art photography.

I am currently working on a project, which is documenting the strengths of individualism with in a community. I am focusing on a group of family’s who have children attending a small Steiner school. The schools principles are modelled around educating the whole child. This holistic approach facilitates internal growth that balances the individual and creates harmony within themself and with in the world around them.

My intent is to see how an individual is shaped by their existing and past relationships and what environments have manifested from the inherent need to express one’s individual ideals.

I am at a stage in my artistic career where my creative zest has rested in the most beautiful world of photography. My purpose now is to move away from ‘taking pictures’ and begin to evolve my instinct so I can ‘create images’, where my responsibility will lie is leaving a legacy of beautiful imagery that will enrich the archives of the human race.

The photo’s on this profile were taken on a recent trip to Vietnam. I was struck by the generous nature and optimism of its people. Spawned from centuries of war, a defiant spirit was imminent in the rise of this sovereign nation. This opened my eyes to the concept of individualism as a cultural identity. I struggle to find the cultural identity of this country and being in Vietnam invoked a desire to belong to such an ideal.

Artists Statement
I’m always fascinated by extreme polarity and how one learns to balance one’s life with the opposing forces of peace and adversity. Photography enables me to illustrate my love and reverence for human emotion and the therapeutic benevolence of nature.

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Philip Morgan Painter, Photographer, Digital Artist, Graphic Designer (Noosa Heads, QLD)

Born 1946 in Hull, England, Philip emigrated to New Zealand at age of 6 and was educated in Christchurch and Napier. His first love of photography started at age 12 when he found a Kodak Box Brownie on a rubbish dump. Restoring the camera to working condition, Philip started teaching himself developing and printing, in a wardrobe in his bedroom and washing the prints in the bath.

After leaving school he went on to Teachers’ Training College at Ardmore near Auckland. He held his first exhibition of photography at college. Unfortunately his studies were neglected for photography, so he was expelled.

He then joined TVNZ as a trainee cameraman and went on to directing. After working for TVNZ he joined NZ Aerial Mapping in Hastings as a trainee photographer, and it was here that he developed (pardon the pun) his love of black and white photography. He became one the best b & w printers ever.

In 1967 Philip migrated to Australia and joined the ABC in Melbourne, going on to become a director of “This Day Tonight”. He returned to NZ in 1969 and joined Inglis Wright Advertising in Wellington as a TV Producer.

In 1970 he was asked to join George Patterson Advertising in Melbourne as a TV writer / director, when he wrote and directed many award winning commercials. After 30 months with Patts, he decided that it was about time to go freelance, so set up his first photographic studio at home in Elsternwick, Melbourne. He teamed up with Les Mason Design working on Epicurean magazine, and had a joint exhibition in 1974.

Late 1974 Philip left for South Africa, where he set up a design and photographic studio in Johannesburg. In 1975, he left South Africa for England where he worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer for such clients as British Airways, Travellers Design, British Tourist Authority etc. He also held a small exhibition of photography in Little Bond Street, London.

In 1977, he returned to NZ and worked for 2 years as a photographer / designer for Charles Haines Advertising (now FCB). 1979 he started his own studio again in Auckland specialising in food and travel photography, and graphic design for the tourism industry. In 1982 he won first prize in a Kodak International Photographic Competition for commercial photographers.

 

In 1984 he started to investigate computer graphics and eventually started “The Mouse That Roared” – the first computer animation facility in Australasia. He went on to produce many memorable and award winning commercials including the Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” video clip.

1987 he sold out The Mouse That Roared and returned to his true loves of photography and design. He also started painting at this time. In 1997, he and his family moved to Noosa, Queensland where he set up a small advertising and graphic design agency, and started painting more seriously 5 years ago.

“My love of colour and texture is the motivation behind many of my paintings. Whether they are abstract, landscape, nudes, or something just for fun. I now live in Noosa, where I run a small graphic design & photosgraphy studio, and paint to keep sane. I live with my wife (Glenda) , dog (Angus) and cat (Panther). “

“I just love great graphic design, photography and art. When I can combine 2 or more of them I am really happy and at my most creative.”

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Marian Shapiro Mosaic Artist (Bayview, NSW)

Based on Sydney’s northern beaches, Marian creates hand-crafted original art mosaic in a variety of styles. Originally trained in fine art, and in theatre in the UK, she became obsessed with mosaic a few years ago and has studied mosaic art in Ravenna, Italy; London, Sydney and Auckland.

She concentrates on fine art pieces and architectural installations such as floor inserts, walls, borders, splash-backs etc. Much of her work is done on commission, working closely with clients to achieve a unique piece ideally suited for its eventual site. Private commissions have included; art pieces, furniture, garden bowls and architectural installations such as mosaic “rugs” and shower walls. The price depends on the size and complexity of a piece and the materials chosen.

 

 

Mosaic materials may include marble, vitreous glass, smalti (Italian glass) unglazed ceramics and other materials. All materials are cut by hand and assembled in the workshop, ready for installation or, in the case of art pieces, ready to hang. The mosaic method and materials used will vary as appropriate for the materials used and the eventual location of the piece.

All of Marian’s work is based on her own original designs and is unique, though occasionally she uses an existing piece as a jumping off point for a new project. Her work has been seen in many art shows and has won several prizes. She exhibits regularly in Sydney galleries and has created many private, public and commercial commissions, including architectural installations, in Australia, the USA and the UK.

Marian is a member of the Mosaic Association of Australia and the International Association of Contemporary Mosaic (AIMC) .

Contact Marian Shapiro
Visit Marian Shapiro’s website

Artists Statement:

“Mosaic has existed as an art form for thousands of years. As an artist in the 21st century I am fascinated by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art. I will happily mix materials such as marble, cut by hand in the traditional manner, with materials not available to the Romans such as shattered safety glass.

 

 

What intrigues me personally about mosaics is the texture of the materials and by the immediacy of the process. After years in the computer industry, I am very attracted by the idea of making something concrete (sometimes literally). I also find the hands-on nature of the work very appealing. Chopping marble, placing pieces on to brown paper with flour and water glue. People’s first reaction to my work is often to want to touch it, and I am always delighted by this response.

 

 

The art pieces are often inspired by the materials and by the contrasts that I can achieve by mixing different textures in the same piece. The roughness of marble against the smoothness of glass. The density of colour in smalti and the translucence of vitreous glass. I am also interested in the play of colour over a large area and they way in which colour itself can lend movement and dimension to an otherwise flat artwork.

Recently I have been experimenting with glass fusing and creating fused glass inserts which I am incorporating in mosaic art pieces.”

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