Friday, 11 September 2009

Dark Tales Exhibition

My sister, Zsuzsa Kollo, had another exhibition in Hobart a couple of months ago, but I forgot to put it up here. Apparently it went really well, and she sold quite a lot of the paintings and got some commissions for others. I love this painting, called "Weasel", it makes me think of a cool, dark forest floor, and the smell of damp leaves.

This one is also one of my favourites. I like how she has taken such mundane and uniform objects and given them a sense of mystery and almost an ominous feeling, with the deep shadows and just a little bit of light and how they are stylised but have a illusion of depth and three-dimensionality at the same time. If I could paint like that I would be very happy! You can see the other paintings from the exhibition here.

Thursday, 3 September 2009


(I'm trying a new font here because I think the other one is a touch too small for comfortable reading.)
Last night I went to the see Illustre 09, the NMIT and Chisholm Institute Diploma of Illustration graduate show at Chapel off Chapel. There were a lot of really interesting pieces, and everything was very professional looking.

This is one of the works by Pauline Matthewman, who has a great retro style, very clean. Click on the picture to check it out in detail, it's rather amusing! I love the pink and red colour combination. Check out her blog here for more artwork.

I fell in love with and purchased a beautiful small pen and ink drawing by Ben Lopez, who did the illustration of the flyer above. It's very intricate, black and white with touches of red, and lots of fishhooks. Unfortunately I don't know if he has a website, but I'll post a picture of the drawing I bought when I pick it up.

Meanwhile, if you are in Melbourne, the exhibition is running for a couple of weeks, and is worth having a look at.