Artist talk with Richard Morecroft part 2

by Tim Allen on Mar 3, 2013

Artist talk with Richard Morecroft part 1

by Tim Allen on Mar 2, 2013

This talk took place in conjunction with my solo show at Defiance Gallery in July 2012.

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Sketching the night painters, Larapinta trail 2011

by Tim Allen on Jan 17, 2013

Evenings around the campfire on the Larapinta trip in 2011; the enthusiasm for making art didn’t stop. Led by Euan Macleod, a bunch of artists would set up away from the fire and paint by torchlight. I didn’t fancy spending hours painting in sub zero temperatures so instead drew quick sketches of the night painters. Carmel Cosgrove took the atmospheric video footage.

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Dobell Prize Art Gallery of NSW

by Tim Allen on Dec 11, 2012

‘Folded and faulted sediment III’ 110 x 140cm mixed media on paper, finalist Dobell Prize 2012 This year the judge Aida Tomescu selected 47 finalists from 639 entrants. The Prize is on display at the Art Gallery of NSW until 10th February 2013.

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Art prizes November 2012

by Tim Allen on Dec 11, 2012

About six years ago I made the decision to start entering art prizes on a semi regular basis. Since then I’ve had a couple of good runs of being hung in things, followed a year or more or rejections. I’m kind of used to this randomness by now and don’t try and read too much into either success or failure. As I say to my students, enjoy it when it happens, don’t worry when it doesn’t. Or to quote the very wise Kevin Connor  ‘To be hung amongst a limited number is never good luck, but not to be hung is often…

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Painting the Everglades October 2012

by Tim Allen on Dec 11, 2012

‘Tim Allen, Rhett Brewer, Michael Herron and Leo Robba are mates. They all live in the Blue Mountains and are all professional artists. So it makes perfect sense that they should put on a combined exhibition of their work at the National Trust’s glorious Everglades property as part of the Leura Gardens Festival. The exhibition is titled Painting the Everglades, and will be displayed in the renovated gallery in the grounds of the gardens. “This is a first for all of us,” says Allen, who lives in Woodford. “I have been teaching workshops (at Everglades) for many years so it…

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Northern Flinders Ranges June 2012

by Tim Allen on Jul 22, 2012

The view from above Grindells’ Hut. Working with all materials at hand; as to whether it’s painting or drawing, it doesn’t really matter. This was the second work of the day, not a bad work but I was looking for something bolder, harsher and structurally stronger (words I associate with this particular landscape). The next day I worked with the same general view from a different vantage point… and this work captured what I was thinking… ‘Gammon Ranges I’ Mixed media on paper, 78 x 109cm (postscript – Some months later I successfully reworked the initial drawing back in the studio.…

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Monaro residency and Plein Air Painting Prize

by Tim Allen on Jul 22, 2012

During Easter 2012 myself and fellow artists Charmaine Pike, Michelle Hungerford and Michael Herron spent some time working plein air at a farm in the Monaro Plains, courtesy of Defiance Gallery. As the photo indicates, it had quite the feeling of a 19th century ‘pastoral’. For myself the last drawing of the trip was the one where everything came together and it was susequently selected for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. ‘Granite Field, Monaro Plains’ 109 x 78cm, Acrylic gouache ink and charcoal on paper This is the blurb I provided to go with the painting; ‘This work was created…

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Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2012

by Tim Allen on Jul 16, 2012

Selected by John McDonald, who chose 48 finalists from the 428 entries. ‘Ridgelines’ 100 x 125cm, mixed media on paper, 2012 ‘This drawing was produced at the end of a series of work based on a trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory. However, it has become removed from a specific location (it could just as easily be an alpine landscape). I wanted to describe an environment that was vast, silent and still as well as being imbued with energy and anxiety. I think these competing emotions form a paradox that is at the heart of my…

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Sydney Morning Herald Australia Day wrap

by Tim Allen on Jul 16, 2012

A selection of work in the studio following the trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges in June 2011. One of the last paintings in that series was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald Australia Day wrap in January 2012. Each year on Australia Day the SMH invite 12 artists to have their work featured in a four page wraparound cover of the paper. The theme for 2012 was ‘The great Australian landscape’. The works reproduced in the paper then formed an exhibition at Tim Olsen Gallery.  ‘Above gorge country’, 136 x 183cm, oil on canvas, 2012

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