Monday, August 17, 2009

south of the equator

Hazel Dooney and Robyn Gordon are two artists who live south of the equator and write excellent blogs, but that's just about where the similarity ends.

Sydney artist Hazel Dooney is Big Time, a celebrity artist whose controversial work and larger-than-life personality are reflected in the big price tags and impressive sales of her work. Check out this short video clip; that's one of her assistants adding detail to a painting. I love reading her blog because she puts it out there, warts and all with no nonsense or inflated egomania, for public consumption. Lately she's been talking about the impact of the extreme toxicity of her materials (enamel paint) on her health. (Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse?) Those of us painting in suburban basements and clipping coupons have fantasies about being a Hazel Dooney. Thanks, Peter, for putting me onto her.

Then there's Robyn Gordon, much smaller in celebrity stature but huge in creativity, craftsmanship and powerful imagery. Di knew I'd love her work because of the primal/tribal elements. And was she ever right! Better yet, I love her medium (wood and found objects). Robyn lives in a stunning part of South Africa and both her artwork and photos make me happier than chocolate and cheesecake. And check out this great blog post about her from Melanie. Unlike the pervasiveness of Hazel Dooney on the interwebs, Robyn doesn't appear to have a website but there's plenty to see on her blog and Flickr photo pages.


Blogger dinahmow said...

Ooh, yes! Some lovelies here.

17/8/09 10:34 p.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

This is an excellent post ... I can see why you like Robyn Gordon's work! Isn't it great?

18/8/09 7:05 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ha! I just realized how well Hazel Dooney's painting illustrates the title of this post.

18/8/09 4:09 p.m.  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

Ooh, I really like those primitive iamges. Very cool.

18/8/09 5:37 p.m.  
Blogger Costescu said...

lol too funny Andrea! hmm, must have come up with the title subconsciously, oh the creative mind ;)

20/8/09 9:43 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

I'd rather be a Robin than a Hazel...


21/8/09 2:26 a.m.  

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