The newest series of works I have been making are assemblages or collages of found images of things that I love. The selected images merge with other things that I love which then become brand new surreal works in a new context. This is a work in progress, almost finished. I hope you can see the love and or tenderness between the two people as that is what made me want to put them both on a pedestal with an ecclesiastical framing behind them. The horse, bones and wood are references to their past and a link with the earth.
First image is a little Character I made as a lucky charm or lucky protector. It’s made of wood, woodcarving, painting, found charms and some other quirky bits. I am making more of these before I decide if I like them enough to keep going. Currently I have a little man in a suit and tie with a mohawk (yet to paint). I do become connected to these little people as my wood carving is pretty limited and very very slow.
Here is a detail from a collage/mixed media series I am making for an exhibition in Canberra in October. I have made several pieces that are merging people, industry, nature etc. Where things start and or finish might be ambiguous.
Books, books everywhere with pages flying through the air, turned upside down and inside out for a series of collages.
I thought I had so very many books for collage that I had been giving them away. I am now out buying up at op shops. I get some strange looks from the people serving me as the selected books are so diverse. My last big buy included: The National Estate, Australia’s Heritage, Album of a Nation, Australian Endangered Species, Florida, The Stockman, Black is Beautiful, One living as one and loving it, Orchids of Africa, Our Royal Family and lots more. The image is important but almost as much is the quality of the paper that supports it.
From time to time I will post some of my work in progress. Some of these make the cut and others do not. These are details only.
I don’t remember all of the books in my collection for collage but last night I remembered a wonderful book about West Australian Wildflowers and of course I couldn’t find it for hours. Books went flying when I was searching. You know what it’s like I’m sure. I remembered the spine, I always remember the spine (not always an accurate memory) was dirty grey and broken still didn’t help me find it any sooner. Found it. Next time my studio is covered in paper I will post a pic and you will see what a mess I am working in.
I want you to know that I always look up the books to make sure they are not rare or unique in some way because of course I would not cut them if that was the case. Often books are kept on a shelf and not appreciated or loved by anyone and then a collage artist (maybe me) will come along and pull it apart to make a unique artwork that can be looked at and appreciated.
See more, including some workshop information at website http://www.annewarrenart.com.
The fish and bird were made quite a long time a using torn paper with gouache and pencil. The work in progress is the tomb which still has a long way to go but I think has potential. Hope you think so too. Am working on quite a few tombs and making them into unique new environments.
Still teaching workshops in collage and still-life painting – message me if you are interested. I teach from my studio in Alphington, Victoria.
I had an enormous year of art and exhibitions this year.
I was invited to exhibit at Holy Trinity in East Melbourne as part of the Eastern Art Festival.
I exhibited with the Out of the Box Group of Artists at Cambridge Studio Gallery.
I had the Alphington Open Studios in November.
I also arranged a fundraiser for several of my art workshop regulars. It was their first time exhibiting so I let them pick the charity which of course made them work harder. I then encouraged them all to bring along 5 or 6 friends each to the opening. We almost had a sell out, plus a couple of commissions for future work. The charity was for the Tiwi Island Girls Football Team. They have to travel long distances to play so our efforts helped their travel fees.
I’m hoping for an exhibition with a couple of wonderful artist friends in 2018. A bit early to tell you much about that. I am keen for you to see my new website annewarrenart.com as it will have information about workshops and exhibitions which may be of interest. Please have a look and stay in touch.
Here are a few pics from this year. By the way I love the snow in December on this site even if it is really really hot here.
See below my Christmas Card for you. Merry Christmas. xx
Open this weekend. See Alphington Open Studios Facebook site or my new website http://www.annewarrenart.com for more information.
I have two workshop spaces that are coming up soon on Wed mornings. Wed 15th and Wed 22nd November 9.30-12.30 for either Still-Life Painting or Mixed Media Collage. If you would like to participate please contact me asap. I can supply you with materials as it is such short notice. Hope to hear from you. email@example.com
Just want you to know that the Alphington Open Studios will be on again on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November. For more information go to the Facebook Site Alphington Open Studios or to the website http://www.alphingtonstudios.com. You will see information and images from all of the exhibiting artists. Below I have inserted a still life painted image and below that a mixed media drawing and painting. Hope you like them. Please note that I now have a new Website http://www.annewarrenart.com that I hope you will look up for more gallery pictures.
It’s an old picture I took a number of years ago and as I just came across it I thought I would share with you. This wonderful, crazy, display, was in the Bed Linen section of Myer Melbourne. It looks like someone was finally given freedom to do as they wished instead of standard, boring planogram displays. Should be more of these.