It has certainly been a hot minute since my last blog post, can you believe it's almost November!? Time is flying by at a rapid pace with days packed to the brim, so take a moment for yourself, enjoy some art news and immerse yourself in beautiful photography ;)
Following a complete refurbishment and transformation, Rydges Melbourne opened it's doors in July with a strong focus on keeping it's interiors true to it's Australian history. The hotel's many rooms celebrate local Victorian artists and feature work in a range of mediums including prints from yours truly. Many thanks to Janet Graham Interiors.
Read more in the Financial Review .
Images courtesy of Rydges
March saw the opening of the newly renovated Sandstones Capella Sydney. Once a building for the Department of Education, this heritage listed property is now a luxury 5 star hotel following a huge transformation and featuring a curated art collection though art consultants - The Artling. I was fortunate to be one of the Australian artists alongside so many talented creatives. Read more at Capella Culture & visit The Artling. Images courtesy of The Artling
Decor & Design Show
Now in it's 19th year, Melbourne hosted the Decor & Design Trade Show, catering to interior decorators, art consultants, retailers and architects. Held over four days in July at the Convention & Exhibition Centre with stands showcasing new products for those in the industry, I was invited by art wholesalers La Grolla to have a range of my pieces displayed as part of their Sustainable Art Collection.
A proud moment seeing my pieces on a large scale and to partner with an Australian made company with socially conscious design. Framing is produced using recycled timber locally sourced.
Images courtesy of La Grolla
Providing artwork to businesses and organisations in a rental capacity, ColourSpace Gallery has been the go-to for artists wanting to display their work and get it seen in a variety of venues on a rotating basis with the potential to sell. Win win!
Currently on display at BDO Melbourne and soon to be on show at Think Markets and Law Squared. Image courtesy of ColourSpace
Bluethumb Art Prize
A finalist in the 2023 Bluethumb Art Prize, 'Flower of Choice' is a photo-collage inspired by our local flora - featuring Australian native Wattle blossoms, Hakea flowers, Gum Nuts, Caesia Seed Pods and everything in-between. Images taken over many years, past and present, and brought together as a celebration of the colour, diversity and beauty of our unique land. A bold and beautiful labour of love serving as a reminder to appreciate the things we often take for granted.
Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open with your chance to win a $2,000 Bluethumb voucher.
But get in quick to support your fave photographic artist as voting closes November 8th 🤞
Incognito Art Show
All about artists supporting artists, Incognito Art Show, as the name suggests, asks artists to donate A5 artworks whilst remaining anonymous with each piece priced at $100 and their identity only being revealed once purchased. All proceeds go towards funding programs at Studio A and Little Orange, both arts companies that provide professional development for artists with disabilities. I'm happy to announce all three of my prints sold! Online sales have now closed but be sure to sign up next year if you'd like to grab a masterpiece for a worthy cause.
MAVA Art Prize
Taking out 2nd place in the Melbourne & Victorian Artists Art Prize with the theme of Sustainability was 'In Bloom'! Featuring flora found both near and far, In Bloom is a collection of botanica including foraged Gum leaves and stumbled-upon Bougainvillea petals to florist bought Dahlias and gifted Proteas.
These images are a stark reminder of what we stand to lose if we continue on the ecologically damaging path we're on. It is a visual representation of our most basic and fundamentally important natural environment and is the very heart of what sustains us and all life.
Stay tuned for details on the MAVA finalists exhibition.
Fairfield Primary School's annual art show is being held on the 17th-19th of November showcasing artworks from the local community with 30% of each sale going to the school.
So why not do one for the kids, grab yourself an artwork and enjoy a weekend of fine art, fine food and fine fun :)
Every year I look forward to sifting through the thousands (yes, thousands) of images taken to design The Random Image calendars and this year's offerings are the best yet!
Available in two designs and two size options, both featuring incredible Australian flora in vibrant natural colour. Made to order, they're the gift that keeps on giving with images you can cut out and frame once the year has passed.
Keep an eye on your socials and inboxes for release dates of a gift card range coming soon.
Art on a budget
Did you know The Random Image offers affordable art options for those of us on a tight budget? Let's face it, that's most of us at this point... Digital downloads are a great way to have your favourite fine art photography prints at a fraction of the cost. Simply download, print it at home or at your fave photo lab in your chosen finish, frame and hang. Easy peasy!
New work is uploaded weekly.
The local environment provides an abundance of inspiration for my still lifes, pair that with the fabulous florists and nurseries at my finger tips, and Spring time becomes a season full of new work. Enjoy the latest offerings and remember to stop by weekly to have a visual wonder through therandomimage.com or follow on Instagram and Facebook.
A Final Note
Please support small businesses where you can. It could be as simple as recommending a local creator to a friend, to sharing an Instagram post of your favourite photographer or cutting out the middleman and buying direct from the artist. Every little bit helps. And don't forget, The Random Image is open for collabs and large projects so be sure to get in touch. Until next time, art lovers.