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Are two minds better than one? Collaboration!

January 27, 2017

I recently had the good fortune to start collaborating with Damian Berrili, sculptor, furniture designer and maker and all round artistic magician. It’s been a rollercoaster of ideas with each of us bouncing our creative brains around the metaphorical room at a phenomenal rate. I have to say, I haven’t had this much fun for quite … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Preps are Swell

September 14, 2015

As we currently have the fantastic SWELL festival in our community, the students in my prep class have decided to hold a mini ‘SWELL in Prep’. It ties in beautifully with our science where students are learning ‘What material things are made of’. As part of that they discussed the properties of materials such as … Read more

Petronella van Leusden

Chuck Close – portraiture, a neurological tongue twister and the return of David and Margaret…

September 13, 2015

I’ve always struggled recognising faces. I’m pretty good with some people, but there’s a select few that I have problems identifying. I call them my ’grey people’. Sometimes I find myself in comical situations having quite involved interactions as my mind does backflips trying determine through a haphazard process of elimination who the person I’m … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Swell Moments

September 13, 2015

Swell Sculpture Festival is on again this year, and Marie-France Rose has another amazing installation on display before she heads overseas for a residency in Canada. Her spectacular piece called Cirque du Ciel (Circus of the Sky) is definitely a highlight in this years event. A beautiful carousel of elegant acrobats that sway in the breeze. It’s … Read more

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Nanette Clifton’s Alice Springs Monoprinting Workshop

September 13, 2015

Sunday 27 September 2015 10am – 3.30pm Central Craft, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs This workshop is for everyone. No experience is necessary. It is a beautiful exciting way to produce some lovely pieces of art. Just bring some excitement, lots of enthusiasm and some old art clothes. All art materials are included. Workshop $110 … Read more

Nanette Clifton

Melissa Bates presents at the Gold Coast Arts Centre After Dark Program

September 13, 2015

The wonderful Melissa Bates was rendered (almost) speechless for the first time since I’ve known her when she discussed her incredible creative process at the Gold Coast Arts Centre After Dark Program. Ten diverse and fascinating artists discussed their inspirations, motivations, technique and musical taste this month at the Pecha Kucha style event to celebrate the Border Art Prize. Each artist … Read more

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Lucinda’s encaustic workshops

September 13, 2015

Lucinda Leveille still has a few spaces left for her workshops on the 20th and 27th September 2015. Discover how she created this atmospheric and  prize winning piece at the Gold Coast Show this year! View more of Lucinda’s beautiful work here. Contact Lucinda to book now Morning Quiet by Lucinda Leveille  

Lucinda Leveille

WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH…..

September 13, 2015

red orange yellow green blue indigo violet, seven wavelengths of light our eyes are designed to detect. Yet the cosmos is pinging with frequencies from microwave to radio wave, x-ray and beyond. Is it impossible to imagine that the universe itself consists of many more dimensions than the four we’re most familiar with ? From dimensions of … Read more

Darren Caswell

Art and Mindfulness

September 13, 2015

By Dr Jeffrey Adams The violinist sits with a focused look on her face as a complicated and beautiful melody manifests itself through her body, fingers and instrument. Some passages require intense concentration on the process. In other moments her eyes are gently closed and her well-trained fingers move effortlessly on the fret board as … Read more

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ray-o-lite exhibition at Billinudgel

August 9, 2015

Last Friday, Rachel Caplan AKA ray-o-lite, Pete Rich and Mick Sherrington opened their fabulous exhibition at T-Bone Art Space in Wilfred Street Billinudgel. Wall to wall fresh and exciting art plus a packed house made for a great night. Ursula Kelly walked away the proud owner of a ray-o-lite original and I regretted the lack of … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Inspiring the next generation

August 9, 2015

Petronella M van Leusden discusses how she encourages her Prep students to explore the visual world and shares some of the fruits of their work. She was trained as a teacher in the Netherlands at the RK Pedagogishe Academie Mariahoeve in The Hague and has a Bachelor of Education at QUT in  Brisbane Australia. She … Read more

Petronella van Leusden

Encaustic Painting Workshop presented by Lucinda Leveille

August 9, 2015

A one day workshop to discover the beauty of encaustic painting – Encaustic painting has been around for centuries, the Ancient Egyptians used wax for their Fayum mummy portraits from around 100 A.D. If you have never delved into the beauty of wax painting, why not explore the opportunities this wonderful medium offers Dates : … Read more

Lucinda Leveille

New Gallery looming on the Gold Coast

August 9, 2015

Without revealing too much, an exciting new venture by two outstanding local artists is brewing. Gold Coast is about to be the host of a premium gallery in the heart of the art, interior design and furnishing precinct. There will be regular feature exhibitions by major creatives as well as an ongoing collection of exclusive … Read more

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The Da Vinci Code

August 9, 2015

It may be unfinished and studied by scholars as an early example of perspective, composition and ‘tekneek’, but is the Adoration of the Magi ©1481-82, a commercial project caught in a collision between the artist’s professional life and deepest personal musings? Leonardo’s notebooks show clearly his exploration of the physical world, but it’s to his … Read more

Darren Caswell

Semantics, lexicology and art… a personal rant

August 9, 2015

Linguistics fascinate me – definitions and terminology, it’s effect on our thoughts, how it sculpts our values and perceptions. I am intrigued with the idea that there are some concepts that can only be expressed in certain languages – that our thoughts seem to be moulded around what we are able to articulate (which is … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Capturing the Look of Love

June 28, 2015

When Dusty Springfield crooned ‘The Look of Love’ for the James Bond film, Casino Royale, in the late 1960s she hit a real nerve. Burt Bacharach had originally composed it after seeing a curvy and sultry Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film. It was that kind of look. The song was later … Read more

Robbie Swan

Drenched with Inspiration: the story of WET

June 28, 2015

Jan Puylaert, industrial designer, artist, writer and mastermind behind WET, discusses his creative explorations with old student Ilia Chidzey. A lot longer ago than I care to acknowledge, I returned from a 3 month stint as an industrial design student trainee at Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands. A little bit over the whole Dutch thing, I … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Getting to the bottom of Bumgate

June 28, 2015

We present to you the tale of the bum that launched a thousand clicks, the buttocks that stopped a nation, the derriere of liberty, the thorn in Facebook’s backside…here is the true story of Bumgate… or the day Nanette Clifton displayed her bottom on national TV. Last month Visual Emporium had a little run in … Read more

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Art Award Adventures

June 28, 2015

I generally dislike alliteration – but couldn’t resist today… There must be something in the water and everyone’s decided to take the plunge and indulge in an art competition entering frenzy! Aside from Visual Emporium’s Archibald portrait get together on Anzac day with the exceptional Fiona Patten MLC (president of the Australian Sex Party), artists … Read more

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ray-o-lite shines in print

April 19, 2015

Rummage Magazine, Sydney’s latest (and most intriguing printed offering) has detected ray-o-lite’s genius! The first edition was distributed exclusively at Surry Hills on Saturday 18 April at 2pm. A fascinating marketing strategy – we can’t wait to see more publications in production! This magazine promises to be a creative hub to look out for. Follow … Read more

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Wood Lithography – Sandra Woolard on serendipity and ink

April 19, 2015

It was serendipity in action when I casually looked in at the Point Lookout Hall, North Stradbroke Island last weekend. “Lines in the Sand” was a one day creative workshop. Some of it was for young people as well as several master classes for adults. Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura (from Queensland College of Art) was giving the … Read more

Sandra Woolard

Architectural illustration – a renaissance?

April 19, 2015

Could it be that the gentle art of hand drawn architectural illustration is finally returning? For quite some time property development and architectural representation has been held in the pixel tight bondage of computer generated rendering. Ever since the rise of CAD, it has become the preference of developers and real estate promotors to depict … Read more

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Ursula Kelly: Adventures at GOMA

April 19, 2015

Ursula has been hiding away the past few months preparing for her own exhibition – with 100 raku seagulls about to descend, even Alfred Hitchcock would be twitchy! She snuck up to Brisbane one weekend for a well earned break from her creative endeavours to see the Michael Parekowhai exhibition. This is her reaction. I just … Read more

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The 13th Floor Elevators

April 19, 2015

Darren ‘the pizzeria’ Caswell introduces us to the psychedelic, jug wielding phenomena that was the 13th Floor Elevators A true inspiration for those wishing to ascend all thirteen floors in the flight from rationalism to the absurd via tetracyclic transport. There are no limits for those who wish to fly. The Three Eyed Men “You’re … Read more

Darren Caswell

Pastels and pastel paper with Leanne Reilly

February 1, 2015

The ever knowledgeable Leanne Reilly of Musgrave Art and local pastel artist Ilia Chidzey share some thoughts on working with pastels and what types of medium are available to work on. Due to the sensitive nature of pastel and it’s responsiveness to the medium it is laid onto, it’s important to consider the final effect … Read more

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Glass Appliqué with Jutta Pilz

February 1, 2015

Glass appliqué is a relatively modern technique and will produce a very similar result to the traditional leadlight. I prefer it over leadlightig as the lead is poisonous and this technique is less labour intensive. It is also more secure as leadlighting can leak over time. Breakages are less likely to occur. There is more … Read more

Jutta Pilz

Art appreciation for friends, family and other disinterested parties…

February 1, 2015

Art criticism and critique is an acquired skill. It’s not always easy to be diplomatic, constructive and encouraging in the face of appalling and discomforting odds. An eccentric relative with an earwax obsession, an enthusiastic but slightly psychotic friend with an airbrush, or worse still, your partner’s mother taking on the annual macramé bikini challenge. … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

21st Century Body Art

February 1, 2015

From the moment humanity started experimenting with crushing and rubbing pigment decoratively, we were adorning, decorating, illustrating, enhancing and disguising ourselves for a multitude of reasons. From increasing our sense of self, depicting and altering perceptions, through to rituals of mark making for initiation or spiritual significance, body art has been around since the dawn … Read more

Jennifer Howes

Kelvin Foley: Conceptual Voyages

January 4, 2015

Attempting to interview the elusive Kelvin Foley is akin to trying to isolate the hundreds from the thousands on fairy bread… there’s so much going on, and way too many gorgeous temptations beckoning to be noticed. An extraordinary creative adventurer, Kelvin has a degree in architecture, another in visual arts and works in practically any … Read more

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Collecting – a passionate pursuit

January 4, 2015

When Robert and Ruth Parker finally bit the bullet and opened their antique, art and collectables store in August last year it had been a long time coming. Collectorium on Newcastle was a culmination of years spent acquiring fascinating objects and art. A third generation antique collector and dealer, one of Robert’s early memories is … Read more

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Wake up and smell the linseed

January 4, 2015

In general, the internet seems the simplest way to track down what we want these days. There is one critical exception: original non-digital art works. Aside from the fact that there is nothing quite like the smell of linseed in the morning, turps in the evening and coffee brewing in between, you just can’t capture … Read more

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Art collides with cyberspace

January 4, 2015

While the rest of the world is racing full throttle into the techno-ether, purchasing, selling, learning, sharing, befriending, discovering and basically living, eating and breathing online, there is a community that has dug it’s heels in and really struggles with this experience. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but at least 3 members of Visual … Read more

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Marie-France Rose Clay Sculpture Workshops for 2015

January 4, 2015

Start the new year by empowering your creative spirit and discovering the art of clay sculpture at one of Marie-France’s amazing weekend workshops. Not only is this is a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends, get hands on and enjoy the gorgeous hills of Uki, it’s a wonderful creative experience. Have a day or weekend of sculptural … Read more

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The starving artist’s guide to fine wining and dining

December 14, 2014

Gallery and event openings are fabulous! Aside from a chance to look at exquisite art and rubbing shoulder’s with the celebrated and gorgeous, there’s free nosh and booze! This fantastic untapped resource for the ravenous artist is regularly available and generally free of charge. More atmospheric than Govinda’s and infinitely more entertaining than the local … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

When oils just aint oils…

December 14, 2014

Visual Emporium asked our resident materials expert, Leanne Reilly from Musgrave Art about oil glazing and she shared some interesting home recipes as well as advised on some essential commercially available products. Oil Painting – Glazing A glaze is an almost transparent film of colour laid over a painted surface, modifying the original tone of … Read more

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A day in the life…

December 14, 2014

Where Steve Hillier gets out of his studio for an epic 8 hours and finds himself out of his comfort zone. Read on Macduff (sic)… My phone tells me it’s Saturday 6th December and I have three events logged in for the day, Harvey Normans bi-annual Convention Centre Sale, The Royal Queensland Art Society (Broadbeach) … Read more

Steve Hillier

Lucinda Leveille – Grisaille technique

December 14, 2014

Extraordinary fine artist Lucinda Leveille discusses and demonstrates her grisaille technique and tells us a little about herself. Grisaille A grisaille (pronounced griz eye) is simply a tonal painting, painted in a single colour, usually gray and it comes from the French word for gray – gris. Once the grisaille has been completed it is … Read more

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Darren Caswell

December 14, 2014

Darren Caswell is an enigmatic, french polishing artist inspired by 13th floor elevators and Da Vinci (in that order). Creativity oozes from his pores and his humorous exploration of the visual kinks in reality bamboozle and intrigue. Perhaps being currently employed in a coffin factory adds to his oblique view of the world (although I … Read more

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Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark Q + A

December 14, 2014

Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark has built an incredible website and resource that assists artists in turning their art into successful business enterprises. Visual Emporium spoke to Carolyn about her initiative and made some interesting discoveries. VE: Tell us a little about yourself. CE: I am an art blogger/speaker/consultant based in Florida, in the United … Read more

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Keith Haring, Exotic Cars and Loss

November 30, 2014

Today is World Aids Day and it seems the right time to share how Keith Haring and my beautiful friend Steve both touched me in my early artistic journey. I’m not a sentimental person and I don’t want to dwell on loss, but it’s hard not to when reflecting on the people that have inspired me and … Read more

Ilia Chidzey

Architecture – a Fusion of Art and Space

November 30, 2014

For 29 years, award winning architect, Geoff Lovie has been exploring the fusion of art, space and functionality to create exciting and dynamic spaces. This has occasionally ruffled some feathers, but has always been rewarding for Geoff. Early in his career Geoff was privileged to work with the architectural team at MGT (Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp … Read more

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Luscious Landscapes

November 30, 2014

Exhibition 3 January 2015 – 31 January Royal Queensland Art Society 25 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach, Qld David and Sandra Ladley will be having an exhibition and sale of paintings at the Royal Qld Art Society, Broadbeach starting Sat 3rd January running until Sat 31st January. Lots of paintings of Luscious Landscapes. Images depicting coastal scenes … Read more

David Ladley

Jutta Pilz, Sculptor

November 30, 2014

Jutta Pilz’s vivid imagination finds expression through sensual sculptural forms. Tactile and evocative, her work is the result of her exploration of medium in her quest to create. Originally from Germany, Jutta’s Garasu Art Studio and home is based in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, where she works with clay, glass, winterstone, wood and metal. … Read more

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David Warren, Artist

November 30, 2014

From a childhood spent in London listening to the wail of air-raid sirens and wearing gas masks during WWII, David Warren has recently emerged on the Gold Coast art scene. A spritely 77, his fertile imagination conjures up quirky images of a (not so) secret inner child. David’s work is textural and dense, using a … Read more

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Erik DeAndre’ – fine artist and entrepreneur

November 16, 2014

Sometime ago I read an inspiring article from Artsyshark.com about Erik DeAndre’ and The Artwork Factory. Impressed by the scale and ambition of his enterprise I was spurred on to learn more about this outstanding company and the fine artist with an incredibly astute business mind behind it. Q: If you were to sum up … Read more

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Sandra Woolard – the art of print and discovery

November 16, 2014

A week ago I was invited to be a (somewhat noisy and enthusiastic) fly on the wall during one of Sandra Woolard’s highly informative day long workshops exploring printmaking. That morning, Sandra and her group experimented with the monoprinting process. I recall the days at high school where I clambered up onto the art room … Read more

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Ray Frisken – from pigeon whispering to art appreciation

November 16, 2014

An afternoon spent chatting with the delightful Ray Frisken is an uplifting experience. A modest man with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to share, Ray has been informing the Gold Coast arts community through his ‘Gold Coast Art Newsflash’ publication for close to 10 years. His boundless energy is inspirational. Motivated by his … Read more

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Leanne Reilly talks about watercolour paper

November 16, 2014

Leanne Reilly, the smile behind the counter at Musgrave Art has been advising and guiding artists for quite some time. Hailing from Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW, she worked for 7 years in orthodontics on the Gold Coast before being introduced to the art world when she joined Brad in his family business – Musgrave Art. … Read more

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Marie-France Rose Clay Sculpture Workshop

November 16, 2014

The talented Marie-France will be conducting her final workshops for the year on 13-14 December 2014. Not only is this is a fantastic opportunity to make a hand made present for someone special for Christmas, but also a great way to spoil yourself. Have a day or weekend of creativity in Marie-France’s beautiful new open-air … Read more

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The Fruity Side of Charles Blackman

November 16, 2014

Many of Australia’s greatest artists have produced erotic and even ‘pornographic’ art works. A good example is a recent acquisition by the National Museum of Erotica called Bananaland by Charles Blackman. Charles Blackman is regarded as one of the major Australian artists of the post war period. Some of his most highly praised themes are … Read more

Robbie Swan

You have to ask yourself, punk “Do I feel lucky”

November 16, 2014

Artbank, heard of it? Visit their website or facebook page. It holds in excess of 10,000 works of contemporary Australian art that it leases to corporate, private and public institutions with a considerable part of the revenue it generates being budgeted for new acquisitions. Artbank was started by the Australian Government over 30 years ago as a … Read more

Steve Hillier

What makes art erotic?

November 16, 2014

The Gold Coast Sculptors Society recently held their biennial ‘Erotic and Exotic’ exhibition at the School House Gallery, Ashmore. This was the first time I had attended an opening, although I had heard from a number of sources that these events were amazing, fun and not to be missed. As promised, the small gallery was … Read more

Sue Skuse

10 Point Artist Identity Crisis Checklist…

November 16, 2014

At Visual Emporium, we have come to the conclusion that there are three types of artist… So which one are you? View here

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The Art in Yoga

November 16, 2014

Tai Hood discusses the physical and creative benefits of practicing yoga, particularly as an artist. She not only describes practical ways to alleviate aches and stiffness that can be caused by working for prolonged periods, but also covers the emotional and creative advantages of staying clear, calm and in focus. Having practiced yoga with Tai … Read more

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