Empyrean: scattering of stars is the intriguing title of the 2019 exhibition of leading Australian landscape artist Idris Murphy. In this sneak preview film, Idris talks with characteristic intelligence and humour about the work to be featured in the show, and gives us some insight into his philosophical and creative approach. The film was shot in April 2019 in Idris’s studio in Kurnell in Sydney, just days before the exhibition opening, and Idris is surrounded by his works, some newly painted. The film was shot by Sean O’Brien, who has been collaborating with Idris on films since they first worked together in 2001 for the renowned arts documentary Two Thirds Sky. The exhibition will run at the King Street Gallery on William in Sydney from May 14 to June 8, 2019.
John Russell, Australia’s Lost impressionist.
Artists Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras follow in the footsteps of Australian impressionist painter John Russell on a painting trip to Belle Île 2018
Directed by Catherine Hunter
Filmed by Bruce Inglis – Sync Pictures
Hunter Valley artist Paul Selwood was the winner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2011 and awarded with the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize of $65,000.
Selwood began making sculpture in 1964 after he enrolled at East Sydney Technical College. He was technical assistant at the Royal College of Art, London from 1965–8 and worked for Sir Anthony Caro, one of the world’s most influential sculptors and an invited artist to Sculpture by the Sea 2011.
The process of etching is explained in this video. The talented and charming Euan Macleod talks about working with Michael Kempson and Cicada Press.
A time-lapse video of the Australian artist Euan Macleod which was taken during a photo-shoot with the photographer Andrew Merry. In this project, Macleod is portrayed as being another figure within a large-scale painting. This reflexive artwork blurs the line between the artist and the artwork.
2014 International Artist in Residence Jumaadi worked with locally-based artists and musicians to write, create, compose, and preform a new shadow puppet performance.
Performance written by Jumaadi
Puppets performed by Arlene Felipe and Jumaadi
Geoffrey Cormier: Composition, percussion, voice, gamelan
James Carrier: Recorder, gemshorn, percussion, voice
Hazel Kethcum: Vocals
Animated, Produced, and Directed by: Dave Brown
The Halsey Institute commissioned San Francisco-based filmmaker Dave Brown to create a video animation of the 23 foot drawing by Indonesian artist Jumaadi.
Titled Diary of Dust, this animation gives new life to Jumaadi’s two dimensional drawing, with original gamelan music composed and performed by Nathan Koci.
Jumaadi, part of an international artist-in-residence program, was featured at the Halsey Institute in Fall 2014 in the solo exhibition forgive me not to miss you not.
7 August – 31 August 2013
The exhibition features paintings and works on paper by Elisabeth Cummings, Idris Murphy, Peter Godwin, John Peart, Lucy Culliton and works by acclaimed photographer Jason Capobianco. Six Artists | Seven Days is the culmination of a project that began over a year ago when the artists were invited to spend a week exploring the 320,668 hectares of protected wilderness working closely with scientists from AWC’s Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley.
AWC is a registered not for profit organisation whose mission is the effective conservation of all Australian animals and their habitats. AWC manages 23 sanctuaries covering over three million hectares across Australia, with 80% of their staff working on the ground to implement conservation programs such as fire management and carry out strategic scientific research to help turn back the tide of extinctions.
The exhibition is a celebration of the Australian landscape and of our continued attempts to see our land from the perspectives of both the artist and the scientist.
Lucy Culliton | The Hughes Gallery
Elisabeth Cummings | King Street Gallery on William
Peter Godwin | Defiance Gallery
Idris Murphy | King Street Gallery on William
John Peart | Watters Gallery
Jason Capobianco | Courtesy of the Artist
Directed and produced by Jason Capobianco.
A film by Maria Stoljar from ‘Talking with Painters’.
Salient, Contemporary artists at the Western Front is a travelling exhibition in NSW, 2018–2020.
In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the First World War battlefields of the Western Front, a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives.
This exhibition brings together the works they created in response to the experience.
Maria Stoljar from ‘Talking with Painters’ interviews Lucy Culliton at her home in Bibenluke, NSW.
The Last Charge: A monumental steel sculpture by Harrie Fasher, in honour of the last charge a story about the Light Horse at the Battle of Beersheba on October 31,1917.
The sculpture was first exhibited in Sydney at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2017
Producer: Catherine Hunter, camera man Bruce Inglis
Scott Bevan interviewing Guy Warren in his Leichardt studio, Sydney.
Leading Australian landscape artist Idris Murphy in the film Two Thirds Sky – Artists in Desert Country.
Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of seeing the Australian desert. It follows the creative journeys of five contemporary artists – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – from blank canvas to finished painting. Each artist has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity and sense of belonging through their work.
The featured artists are Peter Sharp, Jenny Sages, Idris Murphy, Judy Watson, and Gloria Petyarre.
Written and Directed by Sean O’Brien.
As part of the Bondi Artist interview for Sculpture by the Sea 2014. Harrie Fasher talks about the inspiration behind her work ‘Which Way’s Forward’
Artist Harrie Fasher describes creative process behind her steel rod sculpture ‘Silent Conversation’, which explores the relationship between horses and humans. The sculpture was on show in the National Museum of Australia exhibition ‘Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story’.
Luke Sciberras travelled to Turkey, with a group of Australian and New Zealand artists to paint the landscape around ANZAC Beach and the Gallipoli peninsula 100 years after the Gallipoli campaign.
Film made by Sync Pictures
Amanda Penrose-Hart travelled to Turkey, with a group of Australian and New Zealand artists to paint the landscape around ANZAC Beach and the Gallipoli peninsula 100 years after the Gallipoli campaign.
Renowned landscape artist Idris Murphy walks and talks us through his exhibition Tide-Lands at the King Street Gallery on William, Sydney July 2015. Produced by Sean O’Brien. As an artist with a long background in teaching as well as painting, Idris is a keen communicator. He’s happy to share not only the paintings, but the creative process behind the work, the places and people that inspire him. In this way, Idris gives us a rare glimpse into the act of painting and the life of an artist.
Documentary film maker Bruce Inglis travelled to Gallipoli in 2014 with a group of Australian and New Zealand artists to document painting in the landscape and the human figure in the landscape. Full length DVD available through SYNC Pictures and King Street Gallery on William.
$35.00 DVD plus postage.
$20.00 Catalogue plus postage
This VFA Film features Rachel Milne painting at the former David Jones Gallery where she completed a six week artist in residence in early 2015.
Rachel Milne, recently arrived from England and settled in Newcastle, is a full-time studio-based painter taking inspiration from every day life. ‘I fly in the face of the instant image by creating snapshots of my world, my bed, filthy kitchen and behind my shed, like a terribly slow Instagram account using oil paint and light.’ Milne’s creative work pulls the beauty out of the ordinary and celebrate what we
Following on from King Street Gallery’s exhibition ‘Landscape inscape’ featuring works by Idris Murphy and Scottish artist Paul Martin, Paul takes us through their current exhibition ‘Edgelands’ on view at Warburton Art Gallery, Edinburgh.
A standard day in the life of Tom Carment this 5 min video shows Tom packing, painting and then packing up after a day in Rushcutters Bay park.
Ross Laurie paints in the field at Fowlers Gap, in Far West NSW. The vast landscape and distant horizons gave Ross something very different to work with than the familiar rural landscape around his Walcha sheep property. In this video Ross sets up at the high point of the top tanks, looking west across the Barrier Ranges. Film by Sean O’Brien
Hand drawn animation by Martin King
preview only. Full DVD running time 5 minutes
Sean O’Brien makes a documentary on Elisabeth Cummings painting en Plein Air in Fowlers Gap in western NSW. A 12 day painting trip with Idris Murphy Ross Laurie Amanda Penrose Hart Guy Warren and others enabled the group to gather new tools and to reassess their relationship with nature through the intellectual and emotive act of drawing and painting. Sponsored by Winsor & Newton and APM see Issue 18
Leading Australian contemporary landscape painter Idris Murphy shows and talks us through his methods in the studio. Idris has brought back several paintings which he began in the field, in places such as Fowlers Gap and Mutawintji in far west NSW. Amongst many topics, Idris discusses colour, composition, use of paint, memory, evoking place, and real presence. Filmed in May 2013 at Idris’s studio in Kurnell, Sydney.
Artist Idris Murphy is one of Australia’s leading landscape painters. Idris has been returning to Fowlers Gap in far west NSW for many years, drawing inspiration for his renowned paintings. In this film, Idris shows us how he begins his paintings in the field. Spontaneity, improvisation, accidents, and strategic mark making all play their part. He’s located in a creek bed near the Ochre House, Fowlers Gap, NSW
Artist Idris Murphy talks about the expedition, Not the way home, in which he and 13 other invited artists travel to the desert in far west NSW, past Broken Hill. The project saw 14 artists based at the Fowlers Gap in the Arid Zone Research Station for 14 days in May 2011, ABC Open Illawarra producer Sean O’Brien accompanied the group and filmed on location. Sponsored by Artist Profile Magazine.
Art Gallery of New South Wales: Artists Talk Series
Jenny Sages: Paths to Portraiture is a short film featuring interviews with Jenny Sages, her husband Jack Sages, author Helen Garner and National Portrait Gallery Historian, Sarah Engledow. Produced and directed by Catherine Hunter, this film provides insights into Jenny’s life, her inspirations and her approach to painting portraits.
Duration: 17mins This dvd is available for sale at the gallery.
DVD’s available for sale $1100
‘Window’ is made from Joanna Logue’s Essington studio and describes her intimate surroundings and the landscape at Essington Park. It is a medium that is both immediate and poetically powerful. Video allows Joanna to capture observations particular to her world, without the technical encumbrances typical of the painting process.
For Logue, recoring through video is a kind of visual diarizing which offers a key to understanding her relationshop to the landscape. Moreover, it provides a visual language she can then borrow to articulate the experience through painting.
13 Australian artists on a 14 day arts laboratory in far west NSW, capturing the desert following drought breaking rain. In this first audio-slideshow 6 of the artists talk about their reaction to the landscape, and share their work. Featuring Elisabeth Cummings, Guy Warren, Amanda Penrose Hart, Euan Macleod, Ross Laurie and Idris Murphy.
Produced by Sean O’Brien
Filmed and produced by Nick Roden