Charles Blackman’s legacy more than Alice

29/07/2019 // by admin

Charles Blackman’s painting entitled ‘Alice Amongst Flowers’ is one of his best known works.Prize-winning artist Charles Blackman became famous for his series of paintings of schoolgirls, and kept drawing and painting all his life.

Blackman died in Sydney on Monday, aged 90, after a career that’s seen his paintings lauded, faked and stolen.

Born on August 12, 1928 in Sydney, Blackman was largely self-taught but did attend night classes in drawing and design at the East Sydney Technical College from about the age of 14.

He worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Sun, an early daily newspaper, until he moved to Melbourne in 1952.

The following year, Blackman co-founded the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society and became involved in the more figurative movement of painting taking hold there.

It was in the 1950s that Blackman painted his Schoolgirl series, a haunting collection of images depicting girls and women lost in daydreams or playing games.

Later in the decade he began his renowned Alice in Wonderland series, which conveyed scenes from the popular children’s book with distinctly deep shadows.

The two collections earned Blackman considerable acclaim, and in 1959 he won the Rowney prize for drawing for his unique and individual works.

That same year, Blackman and six other artists formed the Antipodean Manifesto in protest against the perceived dominance of abstract expressionism.

The year 1960 was highly successful for Blackman. Following a very successful exhibition at the Johnson Gallery, he won the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship, the Dyeson Endowment Award and the Crouch Prize.

He then studied and travelled overseas, exhibiting at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London.

In 1977, Blackman was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts.

The National Gallery of Victoria in 1993 held a major exhibition of his works titled Schoolgirls and Angels, which travelled to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

A search was mounted by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2006 for four of the 46 works in the Alice series, as their location was unknown, and later two of the missing paintings were located for the exhibition.

In 2010 a Victorian Supreme Court judge found two drawings purported to be by Blackman were in fact fakes, and ordered they be destroyed.

A documentary about the artist’s life titled An Imprint In Time, was released in 2011, narrated by his granddaughter Clementine Blackman and featuring Archibald Prize winner Judy Cassab, who was one of his closest friends.

Blackman spent much of his later life out of the public eye after he was diagnosed with the memory disorder Korsakoff’s syndrome.

His paintings were highly regarded and often stolen, one ending up being recovered five years after its theft in a suburban garage, and another was never found when a luxury yacht transporting the heist apparently foundered at sea off the Queensland coast.

Blackman was married three times, to poet Barbara Patterson in 1951, artist Genevieve de Couvreur in 1978 and Victoria Bower in 1989, and had six children.

At a 2013 exhibition of silk-screen prints of his work, Blackman was enthusiastic about his ongoing work and told AAP his age was an advantage for his creativity.

“Painting comes from … your remembrance of things past,” he said.

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Swan Reid still in mix for AFL finals

29/07/2019 // by admin

Sydney hope injury-plagued forward Sam Reid can return this season to boost their AFL title push.Sydney aren’t ready to write off Sam Reid’s injury-plagued AFL season yet.

Reid, who would offer Lance Franklin valuable support in the Swans’ inexperienced forward line, hasn’t played AFL since April 7 because of quad and achilles injuries.

Reid underwent surgery after tweaking his quad in round three then battled back to full fitness, only to suffer a fresh achilles setback in the NEAFL that required more surgery in July.

The 26-year-old has started training and is now racing the clock as he bids to take part in the Swans’ push for a premiership.

It’s a similar scenario to what unfolded in 2016, when Reid was close to returning from achilles surgery in the AFL grand final but ultimately ran out of time.

Sydney are understandably taking a conservative approach with Reid, who has only managed 121 games since the 2009 draft because of a series of injuries, but are optimistic he’ll be back playing soon.

“He is (a chance of returning this season),” Swans football manager Tom Harley told radio station SEN.

“He will train again this week and with a bit of luck he might be able to get some match practice in the reserves, our reserves have qualified for the finals as well.

“There’s an option for him, we would love him back as soon as possible to provide some support for Lance.

“But he’s got to get through a few hurdles this week.”

The Swans’ finals hopes were hanging by a thread last month during a flat patch that was compounded by injuries to Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery and Kieren Jack.

The three veterans are now all fit and firing while John Longmire’s team have bounced back in style, recording impressive wins over finals-bound sides Collingwood, Melbourne and GWS.

The Swans, who secured their spot in the finals with an upset 20-point victory in the Sydney derby, will finish in the top four if they defeat Hawthorn at the SCG on Saturday night.

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Labor ramps up calls to get kids off Nauru

29/07/2019 // by admin

Labor wants the federal government to remove all the remaining children in detention from Nauru.Labor has joined a chorus of voices piling pressure on the federal government to get the remaining children in offshore detention on Nauru off the Pacific island.

As refugee advocates kicked off a campaign to free the children, Labor penned a letter on Monday urging Home Affairs Peter Dutton to accept New Zealand’s standing offer to resettle 150 refugees.

“Labor is seriously concerned by reports regarding the health and welfare of children in the Australian-funded regional processing centre on Nauru,” opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said on Monday.

“If Peter Dutton is too distracted by his leadership ambitions to address his failure to manage Australian-funded regional processing centres or negotiate other third country resettlement options, it’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to step in and clean up his minister’s mess.”

A coalition of more than 30 advocacy groups will lobby politicians as part of the ‘Kids off Nauru’ campaign calling for the children to be brought to Australia.

Campaigners say 119 children remain detained on Nauru, some of whom have been there for close to four years.

Kelly Nicholls from the Refugee Council of Australia said there was a deep concern for all those detained offshore, and for children in particular.

“There have been consistent reports of children attempting suicide and self-harm,” she said.

“Worryingly, in recent months, there has been an escalation of reports of children suffering ‘resignation syndrome’ where they aren’t leaving their beds and they’ve stopping eating, drinking, talking – even going to the toilet.”

Oxfam chief exec Helen Szoke said Australia needed to ensure people seeking asylum were never again subjected to indefinite detention.

“We are a nation with a strong economy, capacity to resettle a large number of people and a proven history of managing resettlement effectively,” she said.

“We can and must do more.”

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Newcastle musician Crocq shares his love of Filipino food

29/07/2019 // by admin

Crocq follows his music and marinade dreams TweetFacebook Crocq’s second creative passion | Photos Mini Pinoy Grill All Purpose Marinade. Pictures: Marina NeilNewcastle singer, songwriter and musician Crocqhenri Lucerno – better known as Crocq –says he “makes music to feed your soul”.

AMBITIOUS: Crocqhenri Lucerno – better known as Crocq – is making his own Filipino marinade and has a pop-up diner. Picture: Marina Neil

Now he’s taking that onestep further and sharing his other creative passion in life: Filipino food.

As a child he dreamed of being a chef but Lucerno’s is a family of musicians and talented singers and performingbecame a full-time job. Fast forward a few years, though, and his passion for cooking has been rekindled.

“I developed my own Filipino-style marinade and would prepare it for all sorts of occasions –parties, fiestas, you name it.If there was food, I made sure my marinade was there,” he said.

“For years I had tried and tested, watching people’s reactions as theytried my marinated delicacies.

“I created Mini Pinoy Grill in 2015 and ran a fully licensed mini food trailer for a number of events around the area, including Groovin’ The Moo.However the competing priorities of my music career meant that I decided instead to concentrate on bottling my Mini Pinoy Grill All Purpose Marinade.”

Lucerno is hoping an online Kickstarter campaign will help raise the money required to start larger-scale production of his marinade at a factory in Marrickville. Hesays, laughing, that “the secret ingredient is passion”.

“Cheesy, I know. To me, it’sa rounded, well-balanced flavour of sweet, tangy, salty and soy with a slight bite of spice that draws you in with its smell and has you hooked on its taste.I would have to say Filipino food is very soul enriching.”

What’s clear is that the marinade –and the food he is now serving at Mayfield Bowling Club on Monday and Tuesday nights –is a nod to his Filipino heritage and the distinct flavours and smells that filled his family home growing up.

“It’s hard to explain just what the flavour of the Philippines is, which is why it’s so often overlooked as a cuisine.

“I’m definitely no Gordon Ramsaybut I love food. I have all the necessary qualifications to be in the kitchen but I’ve learnt most of my culinary skills through tasting and cooking for myself.

“The pop-up restaurant was a by-chance happening. After a gig one night, I was speaking to a friend’s partner who mentioned that they had recently taken over the Mayfield Bowling Club’s bistro. The next day I thought ‘What better way to get the flavour of the Philippines out to the worldby allowing people to sample Filipino cuisine, coupled by my signature marinade?’. I’ve been there four weeks now.”

The marinade pairs well, he says, withpork, beef, lamb and chicken but also works wellwith fish, tofu and vegetable stir fries, or as adipping sauce for dumplings, spring rolls and any deep-fried cuisine.

Pre-sales of the marinade are being taken online on Lucerno’s Kickstarter page.

Blackman remembered as man of emotion

29/07/2019 // by admin

Australia’s art community has united in tribute to prize-winning artist Charles Blackman, who has died peacefully in Sydney surrounded by loved ones, aged 90.

Deborah Hart, NGA head of Australian Art, said the Sydney-born artist “brought a distinct vision to Australian art”.

“His sense of poetry and ability to capture the poignancy, emotion and richness of the everyday urban landscape remains unrivalled,” she said.

“His legacy will live on.’

The Art Gallery of NSW described Blackman as “one of the most celebrated Australian figurative artists of the 20th century”.

Blackman was best remembered for his haunting Schoolgirls paintings depicting girls and women lost in daydreams, which was inspired by his own horror over the murder of a young girl in Melbourne, and then for his Alice in Wonderland series, which conveyed abstract scenes from the popular children’s book.

In a blog post, the gallery made note of the “personal, literary and musical themes” that influenced Blackman’s work, while Sydney artist Marina Finlay, who modelled for Blackman for many years, described him as a “combination of the Mad Hatter and the rabbit”.

“These amazing pearls of wisdom would drop out of his mouth,” Finlay told News Corp on Monday.

“He would say something like, ‘you have got to wrap your pen around a dream’. Another of his sayings was, ‘don’t draw what you see, draw what you feel’.”

Perhaps the most moving tribute came from his son Auguste Blackman, who said father will leave “a wonderful legacy”.

“He painted our dreams. He painted the dreams of everyone,” he said.

“I’ve never met such a man who could channel emotion the way Charles did in the paint.”

Blackman didn’t just paint. He was also loved for his prints, drawing, sculpture and tapestry, through which he explored the female psyche and cats as principle themes, among others.

His works were widely exhibited in galleries around Australia and also at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London. He was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in 1977.

Blackman spent much of his later life out of the public eye after he was diagnosed with the memory disorder Korsakoff’s syndrome.

He is survived by his six children.

* The Harvey Galleries in Sydney will next month open an exhibition dedicated to Charles Blackman. The Evening is the Morning will look at Blackman’s portrayal of the mysticism of cats through bronze maquettes and illustrations from Mark Twain’s A Cat’s Tale. Showing from September 22 to October 7. Details: harveygalleries南京夜网.au

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