Topic archives: ABR

A picture of Rupert Murdoch in meltdown

A picture of Rupert Murdoch in meltdown

March 1, 2012

Or, a wick-ed picture of a candle in the Sun. Putting my puns down, this is the image I came up with for the March cover of Australian Book Review. It goes with Joel Deane’s very timely review of (former journo and political thinker) David McKnight‘s new book Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power. […]

A portrait of David Malouf for Christmas

A portrait of David Malouf for Christmas

December 13, 2011 2

This Christmas, be very nice to yourself or someone you want to impress. Here is my limited edition hand-coloured linocut portrait of David Malouf, which appears on the cover of the latest Australian Book Review (Dec 11 – Jan 12). I should’ve started flogging this earlier except that I quite forgot — the post-holiday cascading […]

Bidding for affordable pleasures

Bidding for affordable pleasures

December 1, 2011 2

It’s a shaky time in the financial world, in the world world — remember 1987? Somehow that tune keeps replaying in variations on a theme. Still, on we go, working, eating, shopping. Because where would our lovely global capitalism be if we stopped shopping? But there are ways and there are ways to shop; it […]

Julian Assange and the wobbliness of pictorial art

Julian Assange and the wobbliness of pictorial art

May 16, 2011 7

I’ve been meaning to put up this picture of Julian Assange, which is the latest in my project of print portraits. (Lately, the phrase “I’ve been meaning to” is cropping up a lot. Which is a sign of my relationship with time; it and I need counselling.) This print rejoices in an ornamented title: The […]

How to make a portrait (of Patrick White)

How to make a portrait (of Patrick White)

April 14, 2011 7

I’ve become reconciled to this blog as being the soft option, when we need to turn away. In Neil Finn’s deathless lyric: “in the paper today / tales of war and of waste / but you turn right over to the T.V. page.” Culture Mulcher, the TV page of Crikey blogs. (Albeit with an unreliable […]

Me and Paul Kelly (Buy an original print of his portrait for a literary cause)

Me and Paul Kelly (Buy an original print of his portrait for a literary cause)

February 24, 2011 6

I’ve finally gotten around to this: spruiking my own work for sale. The delay is not, as has been suggested, because of modesty but simply not having the chunk of time and brainage to tap out the blog. The project on the counter is a series of portraits of notable Australian writers and cultural figures. […]

On drawing David Malouf

On drawing David Malouf

June 3, 2010

Insomnia, writing a blog post, ABR philantropy, and making a picture with a lens, and then a pencil. . How to write a blog post I had an itch to write a post that would tie a knot in the thread connecting Thick of It, Modern Family, MasterChef, Jason Akermanis and ex-Minister David Campbell. But […]