Monday, February 1, 2016

Reading and watching films...

I've completed a fair amount of reading over the past few weeks - All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegutt, Shakespeare's Hamlet & just finished quite a large tome entitled Science and Religion. All of these were most enjoyable and in answer to my son's question 'What did you learn by reading these books'? I can reply by saying that sometimes reading is a consolidation of existing knowledge and it's interesting to revisit this information.

This morning I picked up a copy of Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago from my local op shop. I'll begin reading that later on this afternoon. I must report that I saw The Big Short (Dir. Adam McKay) and it's the first film I've walked out on in about thirty years. I felt like I was watching an episode of The Office. The actors, mainly males were way to blokey for me and I loathed the way the film was directed.

But, what I thoroughly enjoyed week before last was The Biography of Things currently being shown at ACCA, particularly Grosse Fatigue a video by Camille Henrot from Paris.

Anyway,  painting and drawing is still on hold for me, however below is a photo of some of my small acrylic paintings currently being exhibited at Preview International Fabrics in the Richmond Plaza. I went to pick them up this morning but Paul asked if I could leave them there until the end of February, which is fine by me. If you would like to purchase any of the paintings they are reasonably priced.
Ligne - acrylic paintings by Julie Clarke 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lady Gaga, The Force Awakens and Deep Gold.

I just wanted to share with you a photograph I took last week of the beautiful Victorian gardens that surround the Exhibition Building in Melbourne and one I took of Australia's largest living stick insect - daughter of Lady Gaga-ntuan at the Melbourne Museum.

Gardens and fountain, Exhibition Gardens, Melbourne. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2016.

Large stick insect hanging upside down. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2016

Stick insect. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2016 
More information about these spindly, beautiful creatures is available if you click on this.
Also, if you haven't yet seen MANIFESTO by Berlin artist Julian Rosefeldt at ACMI you must go and see it it's wonderful, especially his short film DEEP GOLD - I spent ages there yesterday. If you can't get to ACMI check out the short film by clicking on this. Lastly, I saw STARS WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and I loved it. More emphasis on human emotions than previous films,  amazing lazer combat and dark, intense moments, combined with great CGI. What's not to like? I'm going to see CAROL next Monday - Cate Blanchett is certainly the flavor of the moment and incredibly talented. Until then, I've finished reading CIVILIZATION by Kenneth Clark, which I began over Christmas and I'm now reading a Tennessee Williams (1959) play, a Sweet Bird of Youth. I'm also in the process of writing an extended prose piece and have about 2,000 words. Painting will have to wait until I've had my fill of films and literature.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Following on from my recent acrylic paintings of brutalist, concrete, urban structures, here's a few more, which were taken from small areas of the existing paintings already completed. I think the size is 10 X 10cm.

Square painting #1. Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Square painting #2. Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Square painting #3. Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Julie Clarke (c) 2015


I hope that everyone enjoyed Christmas Day, I did even though I can't say I liked the heat. Thanks to my family and extended family for making the day great. I was lucky enough to see a rare phenomenon, which was the full moon on the evening of Christmas Day. The last time this was seen was on Christmas Day was in 1977 when my son was born. The next one has been predicted for 2034. Anyway, here's my hand held digital photograph of that lovely moon, with rabbit ears, or face, whatever way you look at it, it's beautiful.
Full moon, Christmas Day 2015. Photo: Julie Clarke

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Looking at Turner

I've done so many transparent glazes in this acrylic painting that it looks to me like it was executed with watercolor.  I've called it 'Looking at Turner' and it is, of course, inspired by his 1830 oil painting entitled 'The Evening Star', dimensions 91.1 x 122.6 cm, a painting quite a lot larger than my painting below, which is 40 X 50 cm. The colors on my original painting are not as bright as this digital reproduction, but you get the idea. I'm not sure where I'll go from here. Perhaps I should just have a rest - Christmas and all that, and then proceed as one does. I am hoping to do another blog entry before Christmas, until then...
Looking at Turner. Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December painting

This is one of the new paintings I've been constructing around urban structures and the ever present, expansive space of transforming ether. I've three paintings in progress & the last one I've been working on is simply sea, sand and sky - a homage to William Turner's The Evening Star (1830), which I've been looking at over the past week. I've taken the image below from a section of the background of a photograph I took at St. Kilda Beach last year, although I've been told it looks Mediterranean.
Incendiary beyond the Esplanade. Acrylic on canvas. Julie Clarke (c) Dec 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

LIGNE - Exhibition by Julie Clarke at Preview International Fabrics, Richmond

Considering the sixteen small, colorful works I have on display until the end of January 2016 at Preview International Fabrics in the Richmond Plaza I settled on the following:

The night sky like treacle creates shards in my mind. Julie Clarke (2015)
If you could write but one line to express a feeling of the city you may feel thoroughly trapped in the intersections and complexity of the architectural abundance that surrounds us. This is how I eventually felt since by using lines I was in fact writing with paint, however, my first intention was to express emotion through line, color and form, which lead me to investigate a minimal aesthetic - a skeletal structure of sorts that eventually gave way to considering the structure of bridges, those that allow us to traverse land and sea and conduits that bind us to memories, much faded now between that which has passed and that which will pass. 

Many thanks to Paul Sparks for allowing me to place the works on his walls. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5pm (closed for the Christmas/New Year period from 18 December, 2015 to the 8 January, 2016) and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Drop by if you are in the area. Unframed artworks include acrylic paint on canvas boards and stretched canvas, cut glossy magazine paper on cartridge and Fabriano and cut paper, watercolor, pen and pencil on paper. Prices range from $60 to $200.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November Acrylic paintings

Here are those paintings I was telling you about. I've had a little feedback, which suggests that the last one I completed is the best - it's the one I like the most & the one that proved most difficult to execute. My title for this series, which is not yet finished is Remediation of an Original Emotion.
Textural differences.  Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. 40 X 50 cm. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Sunrise. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. 30 x 40 cm. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

High Rise, Richmond. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. 30 x 40 cm. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Twin Towers, or, pylons on Bolte Bridge. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. 30 x 40 cm. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Underneath the bridge, Docklands. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. 48 x 61 cm. Julie Clarke (c) 2015