Nick Chiarizia – Olive Cotton Award Finalist

2015-09-02 — posted by at 11:46

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PIC Student Nick Chiarizia was a finalist for the Olive Cotton Portraiture award 2015, Born in 1953 Melbourne based artist Nick Chiarizia is currently studying towards his Diploma of Photo Imaging at PIC. His Image “Victor Rubin” was selected to be apart of Olive Cotton Award exhibition. His portrait was of Artist Victor Rubin in his Art studio, below is the Artist statement submitted alongside the portrait:

Victor Rubin: Australian Artist and Painter

Born in Sydney in 1950, Rubin a visual artist began studying at John Olsen’s Bakery Art School at age 17 before moving on to the National Art School, NSW and later, became Artist in Residence, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris. In his early years, influences were German expressionism and artists like Van Gogh as well as echoes of Soutine and Picasso through his association with the Yellow House in Sydney. By early 1970’s the influences of Olsen, John Perceval, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and others associated with Heide Park were embraced by Rubin, as he developed his own inventive and distinctive style.


In 2010, Rubin painted John Olsen (his mentor and close friend) who suggested he be painted in a bath for the Archibald Prize. Rubin experimented with different versions on canvas before arriving at the final composition that showed a hint of Rembrandt and Van Gogh painted in the French tradition that led to the position of runner-up for first prize.


During the last four decades of Rubin’s career, he has had over 50 solo (as well as many more group) exhibitions. He is represented in all major state and federal galleries, and many regional galleries in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Many major corporations in Australia hold a private collection of his work and he is also represented overseas in the Museum of Fine Art in Taipei, Auckland City Gallery and private collections in Europe and America. The late Patrick White and Miles Davis also hold a collection of Rubin’s work. Without doubt Victor Rubin, as earned his place amongst Australia’s most distinguished and revered artist painters.


My photograph of Victor Rubin was captured on medium format black and white film during a sunny afternoon (late spring 2015) in his Collingwood studio while surrounded by a selection of his paintings and assemblages.


An Event not to be Missed!

2010-07-12 — posted by at 02:25

12 August 2010 to 12 August 2010; 6–7.30PM at MGA

Join BILL HENSON and STEPHEN ZAGALA at MGA for a discussion of his most recent work. MGA travelling exhibition BILL HENSON: early work from the MGA collection is on display at Burrinja Gallery, Upwey from 30 July–26 September 2010.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 03 8544 0500, entry by pre-purchased tickets only

$10 Students, Friends of MGA, Jarmbi Members
$15 General public

This event is bought to you by the FRIENDS OF MGA


Ex-Student’s Exhibition

2009-09-11 — posted by at 05:42

Kim Lawler

Kim Lawler, [a former pic student]
Between Lines
Tue 29 Sep 09 to Sat 10 Oct 09

gallery hours: Tue – Fri 11am to 5pm
Sat 12pm to 4pm


“Beyond romance or nostalgia, Lawler’s lucid visual studies reveal the aesthetic beauty of the stories being written and rewritten onto this responsive and at times fragile environment.” Amy Barclay, curator

Between Lines comprises a series of aerial photographs taken in the Kimberley, far north Western Australia. This remote area is embedded with stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants, transitory visitors and scarred by multinational companies resource development. The artist, Kim Lawler, is concerned with markings, both natural and constructed, that tell stories of places, transitions and interruptions that occur within the landscape.

Between Lines is informed by Lawler’s experience of living in these regions and local perspectives on the displacement of people and their consequential relationship to the land that has taken place. It is also informed by the opposing qualities of abandon and connection that occur as the stories within these landscapes continue to unfold.

fortyfive downstairs 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

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Skate Photography

2008-09-29 — posted by at 01:34

Skater; Photographer, check out, Michael Burnett’s work out


Motivation & Inspiration

2008-02-12 — posted by at 23:29

Here’s some stuff to get you up and running for the year.

Miscellanea Photogenica

PhotoSpace is pleased to present Miscellanea Photogenica salted paper prints by Ellie Young

Miscellanea Photogenica is homage to the father of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Drawn from the art, craft and science of photography the Ellie’s images are evocative yet quiet and wistful. Offering a timeless quality, reflecting the natural world though the exploration of texture, shape and design. The salted paper print was discovered in 1834 by Talbot and is still considered one of the most beautiful delicate hand crafted photographic print processes. Ellie has studied and explored the salt print extensively at many levels. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally including the State Library of Victoria.

Opening: Saturday 1st March 4pm – 7pm, by Assoc. Professor Gale Spring (RMIT University)
Exhibition duration: Wednesday 27th February to Saturday 22nd March

PhotoSpace is at 34 Dight St. Collingwood

Role Play Portrait Photography

25 October 2007 to 6 April 2008
Photography Gallery, Level 3
Admission free

Portrait photography is a complex and fascinating area of photographic practice that, at its heart, has a dynamic process of collaboration between the sitter, the viewer and the camera operator. In this exhibition, a provocative interchange between historical and contemporary photography has been created to suggest how photographers work to construct, question or reflect the notion of ‘role playing’.

Role Play contains three broad thematic groupings, namely allegorical portraiture (H.P Robinson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Cindy Sherman, William Wegman, Rose Farrell and George Parkin); portraits that either typecast or question social roles (August Sander, Edweard Muybridge, Anne Ferran); and theatrical photographs in which the sitter acts a role, (including G.B Poletto’s wardrobe photographs of Ava Gardner in On the Beach).


Semester 2

2007-07-23 — posted by at 20:08

Semester 2 has begun in earnest. This is the time of year where, you are now settled in and have had a go at really applying yourself to your ideas and future directions. Don’t drop the ball, keep up all the good work. The reviews for both 1st and 2nd years were fantastic. I’m not just speaking for myself here when I say that all the staff were excited and impressed with the standards across the board.


This term there are several exhibitions on around town, that you must see, keep your eyes and ears open, on this notice-board and the ones at PIC, to see what’s on I know that there are plans for several class excursions to some of them.


Don’t Miss This!

2007-02-26 — posted by at 23:35

Check out a program on the ABC Tuesday night (27th Feb) at 10pm. It’s called ‘Luminous’ and features Bill Henson. Should be a goody!