Ok. Well I like parrots.
Another Helvetica driven poster for the Australian Tourist Commission.
I’ve always liked typography.
So there is Eric Thake working away at Paton’s Advertising Agency in Melbourne. For 30 years.
Most of the information I’ve collected about Eric Thake has come from the State Library of Victoria website.
A couple more images from the National Gallery of Australia book Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955.
The one thing you notice when you start digging Eric Thake is his love of owls.
The young sketcher, Eric Thake, was out and about Melbourne in the early 1920s.
Me again with artist portraits.
Back to happier times for Eric Thake.
The National Gallery of Victoria has this lovely Eric Thake watercolour, pastel, and charcoal drawing in their collection.
War gave Eric Thake the opportunity to travel.
Many Australian artists have taken to the outback.
Progressive, unmarried, upper middle class women like Violet Teague and Una Teague were expected to get on with things.
As Violet and Una Teague get closer to Central Australia, Violet creates some stunning abstractions using the colours and shapes around her.
As Una and Violet Teague motored further into the outback, Violet continues to sketch.
In 1933, a year before Albert Namatjira met artist Rex Battarbee, the “can do” artist Violet Teague set out to visit Central Australia with her sister, Una.
When I was reading about Albert Namatjira, I found Victorian artist Violet Teague had a close connection to him.
Unless aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira overcomes his worries over white men he will never paint again.
My favourite Albert Namatjira’s paintings are the Ghosts Gum watercolours.
One of the residents of the Hermannsburg mission in central Australia was Albert Namatjira. He showed a keen interest in … More
My niece and nephew’s writing about their time in the USA got me thinking about our own central Australia.
When the pilgrims arrived on the shore of the new world, they found a secularization of the Garden of Eden;
If there’s one thing that visiting America will teach you, it’s that there’s simply no other place like it.
Architects often favor incongruity with the surrounding environment in order to imbue their work with gravitas.
Along the Arizona-Utah border, just off Highway 163 and deep within the Navajo reservation there lies a series of stratified … More
There’s something brewing in Utah’s deserts.
There is a stanza in Emily Dickinson’s “I died for beauty” that examines the inevitable supremacy the natural world holds over the follies of mankind.
Upon his first visit to New York City, early 20th century novelist O. Henry commented; “It’ll be a great place, if they ever finish it.”
In the both universal and sheepish pursuit of metropolitan voyeurism, windows seem to garner the bulk of attention.
When one thinks of the dense and dark forests of a Grimm tale, each creaking bough the home of some mythical monster of Germanic villagers’ construction, one doesn’t immediately connect this imagery with the surrounds of upstate New York.
I only spent three days in East Hampton, Long Island but it didn’t take long to be struck by the strangeness of it all.
Philip Johnson was a celebrity architect.
I really like Philip Johnson’s Wiley House in New Canaan.
I think one of the reasons I’m such an architecture junkie is because I’m always trying to understand the polarising nature of the profession.
What I like about Philip Johnson’s Glass House is how humble it seems.
Mussolini got me thinking about the whole glass house concept.
What a perfect satire from the wonderful Chaplin.
The Casa del Fascio on the beautiful Lake Como was to be a temple to Fascism.