Category Archives: Professional Practice

More artists’ studios

Art Guide Australia has a terrific, occasional series on artists and their studio practice that is worth checking out:



Nick Mourtzakis has occupied his self-confessed “cold and dusty” home studio since 1998.


Elisabeth Cummings

Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings’ career is going well and her painting is getting more attention.

“I’m not mad about it in lots of ways,” she said. “I like anonymity.”

After years of what Cummings describes as “quietly working away” practicing her art and teaching, the painter and printmaker has had in the past six months had a show in Hong Kong, plus two highly successful exhibitions in Sydney.

“In the last 20 years I think I’ve grown more confident,” she told the ABC.

Her landscapes and interiors are on show at the Manly Art Gallery alongside Lloyd Rees and Brett Whitely.

The only surprising thing about it is that she is 81 years old.


Article by Phillipa McDonald:

How to write an artist’s statement

Good advice:

An artist statement is most often the front line of communication between an artist and the public. It will be used when you submit your portfolio to competitions, galleries, and museums. It may sometimes be displayed when people are viewing your works in person or on your website. If it’s online, your artist statement will be read by people from all over the world.

If you can make your statement clear, concise and consistent, you are doing better than about 90% of the artist’s statements out there!

“If I could go back in time…”

“If I could go back in time and speak to my twenty-three-year-old-self, my advice would be threefold: travel further and more often to see what art actually looks like, figuring out sooner which ideas are currently convincing, which have become passé; spend more time making stuff, less time thinking about it; and do a better job of networking, staying in touch with people who show interest or friendship.”

Life lessons courtesy of Thomas Lawson.

A great resource for career and inspirational advice is this new book:

Mark, L. G., Gaines, C., Lind, M., Studio Raqs Media Collective, Abramovic, M., Eliasson, O. & Graham, D., ed. (2015) AKADEMIE X: Lessons in Art + Life. London: Phaidon