LifeART WorldWide International Art Expo 2013
LifeART Worldwide International Art Expo and Art Competition was hosted at TAFE Institute, Mooloolaba, North of Brisbane. I found it to be a really enjoyable and valuable experience.
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In addition to being an exhibition of contemporary artists, it also included a display of fifty pieces from the Ken Hinds Cultural Heritage Collection. These included artworks by Pablo Picasso, Sidney Nolan, Brett Whitely, John Coburn, Merrick Boyd and Aboriginal artists Kitty Kantilla, Minni Pwerle, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Billy Nolan.
Ken Hinds Cultural Heritage Collection is one of Australia’s most individual and extensive collections of art and cultural artefacts. It includes in excess of 30,000 items such as a collection of toys, books, and ancient artefacts from around the globe. The collection also contains more than 3,000 works of Australian Art.
I met Cathy Condon, Artist, Curator and Director of LifeART Worldwide when I was exhibiting at the London Art Biennale 2013. Cathy was very appreciative of my carved wood artwork on display in Chelsea.
So when Cathy invited me to exhibit at this International Art Expo I thought it would be a good opportunity to show other works from my carved wood series (2011).
I decided to exhibit Twisted Neck Woman (1) and (2) in composition with three other carved wood paintings (see below). Unfortunately I found out too late that because these artworks are made of natural wood Australian customs would place them in quarantine and I had insufficient time to get them to the exhibition.
So instead I exhibited the four paintings shown below. WIN TV NEWS did a feature about this on the 6.30 Evening News and they came along to interview me on the stand. They described me as “one of the world’s most unique artists’ in their TV NEWS REPORT which contains some excerpts from the interview.
They paintings I exhibited are more traditional artworks painted on manufactured board so did not require quarantine. These works are from my Endless Expression and Joy Of Discovery series and are all examples of my Turkish Whirling style. Even with these artworks I had some delays with Australian customs. Thanks to constant pressure from Cathy, the paintings finally arrived on opening day at 17:30, which was 30 minutes prior to the opening ceremony.
BIG IDEAS (2009) Oil on Board 52 x 70 cm. This artwork explores a similar theme. Very talented people “see” things differently from others. These people bring new concepts into the world and shape future thoughts and perceptions of others. Unfortunatelysuch creative people do not always “fit” comfortably into their own societies because they are different.
GLOW 1 (2009) Oil on Board 52 x 70 cm.
In the GLOW paintings I experimented with colour and texture to convey a sense of deep simmering heat, with the potential to erupt like molten lava. I wanted to convey the feeling that this heat and energy burns inside people. When this energy is controlled it can be very creative, but when it become out of control it is very damaging.
GLOW 4 (2009) Oil on Board 52 x 70 cm.
Gubbi Gubbi are a well renowned traditional aboriginal dance troupe from Southeast Queensland. They were fantastic. Lyndon played the didgeridoo and the performance was very atmospheric – I felt transported to another time and place.
Overall I had a great experience at LifeArt Worldwide. The other artists were great fun and I made many new friends. There was an eclectic mix of artworks on display. This glass sculpture is one of the many amazing works by Anthony Ocenasek Mitchell. It looked beautiful in the Queensland sunshine.
I found there was a lot of interest in the works on display. SBS invited me to do a radio interview on their Turkish Speaking Channel. The People who visited my stand seemed very engaged with the paintings and we had many interesting conversations.
Australia is an amazing country, the wildlife is fantastic and the coast is beautiful. I took many photographs on the rocks at Mooloolaba. I could see very different types of faces in this land and in these rocks. They reflected my feelings about the connections between the Aborigine people and the land. I could sense their long tradition of living in harmony with their environment and I knew these images would find their way into my new artworks.
I was delighted to be awarded 2nd prize.
This VIDEO summarises my whole LifeART Worldwide experience. I even managed to get some didgeridoo music.