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Darwin revisited.

From the Sketch book: “Jill looking at the clock.” A drawing capturing a visit to the Don Casino, Darwin, in 1981. Ink and pastel.The Hotel exists still, but the Casino licence moved later. Read More

November 29, 2018

The Manufacture of Art

I came across Julian Opie’s work at the NGV on my way to a seafood lunch. What a smack in my digital face!  Technology, capitalism and art all smoothly packaged for consumption.  The bold forms and images did feel clean and comfortable, simplifying what we know. There were framed blinking… Read More

November 14, 2018


A day at the NGV International with Hokusai. This is an exhibition to see if you love the drawn line (carved or inked). Linear play with perspective, strong sweeps of line and shape, rules broken with cool colours to the front and warm colours to the background, all makes for… Read More

August 30, 2017

Architect’s indulgence

Architect’s indulgence or a meaningful political statement? The external appearance of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) building, completed around 2001, designed by ARM, is a black finished facsimile of the white finished Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier. Apparently some critics dubbed this… Read More

December 14, 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… Read More

May 14, 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

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

Easter community art show

Preparing 3 works for an outing in the Trentham Art Show over the Easter weekend Photo: Work process-the digital monotype stage (American Series). Location: Trentham Mechanic’s Hall April 18 to April 24th. Read More

April 12, 2014

Playing with Emily

Added some new activist dates and images to Emily’s work. Read More

April 11, 2014

My 39 year old eco flyer at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Funny and a delight to see an old flyer I did in 1975 promoting the Radical Ecology Conference used by Emily Floyd in her abstract poster series. Discovered during a recent stroll through the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Jim would see the Heide joke. Emily Floyd. Exhibition… Read More

April 11, 2014

Adelaide boy under pressure.

Young artist gets some pressure-1938. Article: YOUNG S.A. ARTIST IN SYDNEY STUDIO Web URL:… Read More

December 19, 2013

Molly, 5 years later

Molly Wigley. Warrandyte, Victoria, 1940 Photograper. Albert Tucker. 1914-1999 Details. Gelatin silver contact prints. Held by State Library of Victoria. Reference:  … Read More

October 24, 2013


Posted on September 6, 2013 by julian Searching for art work done by our mother Molly Burden. Love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the whereabouts of any surviving drawings or paintings. In November 1938 my mother and my father, James… Read More

September 6, 2013