Ali is one of many refugees from Sudan who has now call Australia home. The portrait is based on the exploration of homesickness in collaboration with Ali and fashion designer Sharka Bosakova, through wearable garments created with recycle and found materials.
While driving through remote villages in the Balinese mountains, I noticed local farmers loading ducks from rice paddies into baskets to move them to other fields. The red paint signifies the females of the species. As we all moved on, I couldn't help but wonder if these ducks were really being moved to greener pastures.
A portrait from the Desert Ink series. Desert Ink is a tale of 8 Mexican tattoo artists from the wrong side of the tracks, who following their love of art and tattooing found the will to change. With identities forged in street furnaces of gang banging, shoot outs, drug dealing and jail time, this band of men crafters new identities, forming a new type of gang, united by art and their determination to earn a decent living, rising from the trappings of their nefarious past lives. A lot of their brothers are either still doing time, or 6 feet underground.
Ania, the poet, writer, woman and king.
In this portrait, inspired by Ania’s writing, I have endeavoured to provide a visual and multilayered glimpse into her work. This portrait delves into an ambiguous character from Ania's current project “Horse”.
This picture was taken at Wongaling Beach (Queensland) a couple of weeks after Cyclone Ita had hit the coast around Cairns. The daunting and beautiful scene reminded me of films of the 1960s showing atomic bombs explosions off the coast of Pacific islands. I kept turning towards the sea, expecting to see the atomic mushroom rising high in the sky.
An aircraft and several helicopters are entombed in volcanic ash on the runway of Rabaul Airport as the Tavurvur stratovolcano erupts on 23 September, 1994. The blanket of ash made the scene feel surreal -- as if you were standing inside an old black and white television set. Only the clouds of yellow sulphur wafting down the street added any colour to the otherwise monochromatic landscape. I later learned that the plane in the foreground was salvaged and is still being used on domestic flights within PNG. Photo credit: Torsten Blackwood/AFP
The City of Melbourne is changing rapidly. Two months after this image was taken, this lane was closed off to pedestrians, the trees pulled out and the mural covered, ready for a new development. Though excited by the newness of change, I'm more saddened by the constant need for development and inevitability of the changing cityscape.
Iconic Bondi Beach, where all the world gathers on a sunny blue sky - tourists and locals; backpackers, muscle men, hipsters; tattooed ladies, bogans, little nippers; new mums, extended families, and this lady in her sari.
This photograph represents the entwined and mirrored relationship that brothers share. The photo weaves together colour, balance and shape to ultimately present a freak perfection of my two sons' profiles and the joy they shared at this precise moment. The photo represents more to me than a mother's love, it evokes the intense pleasure of seeing your artistic creation for the first time as the image 'develops'. It also represents an exhilarating period of creativity and for me 'painting' real life as I see it happen.
Based on a seres of street photography centred around the artistic principal of Chiaroscuro. Creating abstract shapes and leading lines, within an image, through strong contrasts between light and dark.
Amineh (name changed) and her family fled Iran in 2013. They were picked up by the Australian Navy from a struggling boat and taken to Christmas Island, where they arrived just days after then PM Kevin Rudd made the declaration that ensured no-one arriving in Australia by boat would be settled on Australian shores. During her incarceration in Nauru, Amineh developed severe depression leading to an admission to a psychiatric ward in Brisbane, and on top of that was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite her psychiatrist warning of significant chance of relapse and harm to herself and/or her family if she was returned to Nauru, she was sent back against the doctor's orders and lives in perpetual misery.
Boys will be boys' as the well-used axiom suggests. This spontaneous image of Kobi breaking out in Jacksonesque style dance moves drew the attention of the people gathered around outside a Ballarat church. I guess if you are dressed-up for the day, a few dance moves are in order. Never take life too seriously and remember to have some fun!
This portrait is of Daniel and David Wilfred. Daniel and David are songmen from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land. They collaborate with the Australian Art Orchestra in a project called 'Crossing Roper Bar'. 'Crossing Roper Bar' is a visionary exploration of the musical traditions of Australia's first people by the Australian Art Orchestra in collaboration with the Young Wagilak Group. The Wagilak speaking songmen of South East Arnhem Land are custodians of one of the oldest continuously practised cultures on Earth. Their songs are performed regularly in Ngukurr.
Julie is a 'Disko Meri', the local term for a bar girl in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The girls who work as 'Disko Meri' are supposed to act as company for the men who frequent the clubs, encouraging the men to buy more drinks and stay longer. Many, though not Julie, also make available various forms of prostitution.