Posts in Art
They’re Not Cows

“I’ve never painted a cow in my life,” says Mike Petre, a little tartly. “They’re cattle!” But then he laughs. “Everyone calls them cows of course, but I paint cattle beasts because beef is what I know – not dairy cows. To me they’re very different.” 

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Peter Bradburn

A tui sounds clear liquid notes and a wood pigeon flaps over the orchard as we walk down a neat path to Peter Bradburn’s studio. Wasps buzz drunkenly around overripe grapes and rain-blown figs. Beauty and decay; perfect for a painter.

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Oil And Clay

“I’m inspired by people, 'love them to draw; they have personality, an expression or a posture to capture. But even my still lifes have personality - they move and flow, they’re alive too.”

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Teetering On The Edge

The three shows on at The Vivian this month are as diverse as you can get. From goddesses to a genuine rock god, and with some lovely weirdness along the way, it’s a dreamy rollercoaster of concepts, colour – and political comment.

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Beneath The Surface

For someone with a Master’s Degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art as well as a Certificate in Interior Design, Sophie Foote is astoundingly humble and unpretentious.

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Empowerment Through Art

Leigh artist and illustrator Miki Pogoni moves seamlessly between the different mediums of oil, ink, charcoal, graphite and digital. She has a unique style - but would rather not try to describe it. “I think I’ll just wait until someone else puts it in a category,” she says. 

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Art Trail

Become your own art tour guide with our Art Trail Map. Visit some favourite art attractions between Matakana, Warkworth and Snells Beach.

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Only From Leftfield

Mark Lewington is a mercurial chap, when it comes to the arts. He flits from the functional to the abstract, recycled sculpture to screen printing and stenciling, graphic sign writing to clothing design.

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