The visual journal of the Australian Artist Julian Wigley.

Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986

Started sorting the archive boxes. A task avoided for over 40 years. This drawing is part of the documents prepared for Julalikari Council when John Havnen was the manager. The Council was very active in establishing formal tenure over land in the town. Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986… Read More

  • November 12, 2016

On the mend

Blood and pumps Read More

  • August 8, 2016

Stone House Warrandyte

Birthday party possibly 1947. at the Stone House Warrandyte My mother engaged Fritz Janeba to design the family homes. The big stone house still stands, but the copper pump action toilet pan has gone. The design features included a butterfly roof and extensive stone walls.  Fritz brought the Bauhaus to… Read More

  • August 2, 2016

Pompidou Centre , 2010.

Pompidou Centre, taken around May 2010. Not sure who the curious young man is. This iconic building, cut into a dense city market and residential quarter, was completed in 1977. I remember it was entertaining to move through the forecourt and up the escalators. The building always looks… Read More

  • May 23, 2016

Street art Darwin

Aussie posters Darwin Artist, Peter Drew, is travelling the continent reminding Australians of their heritage. Some of the posters attracted defacement within 48 hours. Simple, direct and current. More pics https://www.instagram.com/julianwigley/… Read More

  • May 14, 2016

Lapwings and other birds of urban Darwin

Digital drawing using the animation program Mirage. Read More

  • April 19, 2016

Jim Wigley at work

Working on molds for puppet heads. Photographer Unknown. Part of photo series of Jim making puppet heads with Hymie Slade in the 1950s. The studio location could be at TV Channel 7 circa 1956 or earlier working on theatre props. If You have any info let me know 🙂… Read More

  • April 16, 2016

Me and Danila

I thought I was the only one “minded” by Danila Vassilieff. My mother worked at the Koornong school down the road. I read Mike Rubbo’s story of his time at Stonygrad along with a photo of his work in stone.   I remember the grinding stone, noise and Danila… Read More

  • March 30, 2016

Sketch with fountain pen followed by applying digital colour and texture

Drop in drawing session at the MAGNT with local artists in Darwin. Sketching using ink (fountain pen) followed by applying digital colour and visual texture rather than tactile texture 🙂 An afternoon drawing in the Museum and Art Galleries of the NT . Read More

  • March 25, 2016

Bat Island NT

Flying past Maningrida, NT. Read More

  • March 16, 2016

Badges of Honour

Collection of some past moments captured in tin… Read More

  • March 16, 2016

Face at window

Drawing in progress Read More

  • March 16, 2016


No title. (c) 2015 Drawing on paper using ink stain method, drawn ink line, collage and acrylic paint and acetate. The ink stain method can engender an etching feel to a drawing, provides surprises in tone and shape for added vitality to a drawing.   Read More

  • February 16, 2016

Remembering a friend early

Jan Martin and I went through Architecture together in the 60’s. Jan went on to be a town planner, whereas I stuck mainly to Architecture . We both loved drawing and sketching. Jan died at young age in 2000. His sketches will live on. Remembering a friend early. Read More

  • January 23, 2016

Life drawing

UPDATE: There are some advantages living in a sleepy hamlet, away from the vastness and business of metropolises. You can be lucky and find people with like interests, such as my local life drawing group who have gathered each week, some of them for the past 16 years. Playing… Read More

  • January 3, 2016

Collecting wood. Amoonguna, Central Australia, 1976

Collecting wood. Amoonguna, Central Australia, 1976, Ink. Read More

  • December 20, 2015

Life drawing

Light pencil sketch transfered to iDevice Life drawing… Read More

  • October 22, 2015

In the studio

Taking advantage of the warmer days-Airing some paper ink transparencies, and working on several drawings:… Read More

  • September 25, 2015

Vincent and me

I must get around to gathering up all of my web scatterings of starts and stops over the years. This is one from 2007. Click here Comic site – test using web based site photobucket Vincent and me  comic site  … Read More

  • September 25, 2015

Nuke baby

Life and death. An old drawing resurfaces… Read More

  • September 8, 2015

Drawalong emerges

The Beginning… Coming to grips with screws and pins, and fitting out the essentials for a bush bash or city sojourn. Read More

  • September 1, 2015

Gallery sitting-Rediscovering Mighty Mouse

The iPad came to the rescue whilst manning a gallery of a group show I was part of.  Gallery sitting has its moments, but boredom struck by the 4th hour.  I kept my eye on the passing trade in between doodling a mechanical boat-holder and making this digital collage of… Read More

  • August 9, 2015

Real world to Virtual showing

Viewing 3D drawings Watching the lack of inhibition of youngsters compared to adults on opening night was interesting. However my theory was broken during the calmness of a general open day. 3D specs in action A “virtual showing” may develop via facebook… Read More

  • August 5, 2015

Opening night. Taking 3D drawings for a walk.

Opening of group show of local artists from the Trentham area at the Little Gallery on High Street… running through August. Fun tonight to see the younger gallery patrons free in mind, able to enjoy looking at my drawings through 3D glasses. Read More

  • July 31, 2015

3D Installations

Putting together two 3D installations using the Swimming with Fishes drawing, titled In Case of Emergency Break Glass, for a group show at the Little Gallery on High, Trentham. The show runs over cool August. Read More

  • July 23, 2015

Jim Wigley Obituary

Another obituary written by Phillip Jones The Australian 29th July 1999;… Read More

  • July 22, 2015

Jim Wigley 1917-1999

Remembering: Jim Wigley’s obituary. One of Jim’s last paintings of himself, after he visited Tennant Creek and met Billy Grant in 1988. A 6.7 earthquake shaking the town occurred during the visit. The painting was shown in his retrospective show at the Niagara Galleries in 1992. Not sure… Read More

  • July 21, 2015

Niagara Galleries Show 1984

From the archives: Niagara Galleries Invitation of solo show (1984). Detail of “Lovers” ink and water drawing (set of 4). Years… Read More

  • July 17, 2015

Self Portrait as young man

Photo copy found in the archives of an early pastel drawing about 1980 IMG_8289… Read More

  • July 17, 2015

Rembrandt’s etchings at the Morgan Library

Rembrandt, Self Portrait in a Cap, Open-Mouthed, 1630 Etching. The Morgan Library and Museum has released a number of works online. Wonderful set of Rembrandt self portraits… Read More

  • July 16, 2015