Pop by the shop in Mittagong to see the gallery hung with Black Parrot works from Andrew Sullivan, Anthony Buselli and Anthony Springford. We are participating in the Southern Highlands Arts festival, details of the festival can be found here, and includes a studio trail. Great excuse for a weekend in the country or just a day trip!
Black Parrot is part of The Other Art Fair, which launches officially tonight and will be open over the next 3 days. Some 80 artists will be on show at the top of the shopping precinct at Central Park, opposite UTS. There will be DJs and food stalls, as well as a very wide variety of art.
The idea is that all of the people visiting Sydney Contemporary will get a hankering for less expensive art, or maybe they'll just want to see some stuff that hasn't hit the big time yet, and will wander down to the "other" art fair. Of course there's no real need to go to Sydney Contemporary at all! Just come and visit us. We're right in front of the cash desk!
The Black Parrot Rocks Pop-Up Exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Andrew Sullivan, Anthony Buselli, Melody Willis and Anthony Springford was great fun! Thanks to everyone who managed to come to the opening or visited during the exhibition. We met lots of new people from all over the world. It was also terrific to see some of Melody's paintings on the wall. With some luck we'll have prints by Melody available on the website soon.
Coming up next? The Other Art Fair! This weekend from the 11th to the 13th we will have a booth in Level 3 of the Central Park development. Come and visit!
If you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook you may have already seen glimpses of Andrew Sullivan’s spectacular dinosaur paintings, which we are now producing as giclee prints. If you are an enthusiast of contemporary painting, one of them should look especially familiar because it was the winner of the Sulman prize for genre painting in 2014: T-rex (tyrant lizard king) is a hard painting to forget. The Sir John Sulman Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards, and is shown at the AGNSW alongside the Wynne and Archibald prizes
Andrew’s T-rex is funny and maudlin; terrifying with it’s mighty array of teeth, but also jewel-like in its luscious, richly detailed and coloured surface. I can’t help but pity this monstrous fictional T-rex, who’s severed head lies surrounded by the litter of an artist’s studio, it’s mouth propped open with an ordinary chunk of wood and its teeth threatening a butterfly that has chanced to fly between them.
This work is one of a series Andrew is still painting, which features ancient or extinct species depicted as if by some Victorian naturalist who has collected fresh specimens in the field. They look like scientific studies or museum displays. These are funny, joyous and beautiful paintings, filled with complex allegories about science, the role of art and wonder, the passage of time and the leaps of imagination that underlie our familiar scientific truths.
Andrew has a long and impressive CV including many solo-shows at Australian Galleries, Flinders Street Gallery and others. Personally I think the work speaks for itself. We already have eighteen prints from his witty Mimes of the King’s Court series, and we are excited to say that in less than a week we should have four new and very spectacular prints, including the T-rex, Raptor and a Coelacanth.