After the impeachment trial results I went back into an old box and pulled out this painting. I decided early after 2016 never to paint Donald Trump. I realised after my article in the Queer Psychoanalytic Society journal article I wrote that he was not Freud's "super-ego, but rather the collective id  of the US Senate.
Do you remember Forbidden Planet that classic science fiction film? We are all Morbius and Trump is the invisible monster of our society's subconscious. Morbius, like the GOP Senators, can't destroy it because the creature is himself. This painting is the first from that ...Read more>

12 February 2020 |


Watching the historically sad outcome of the impeachment of Donald Trump this week, I looked up from my desk in my studio and saw my little triptych titled The Church of the Poison Mind, which I painted in 2010 when the US Senate was beginning to split into an 1861 time machine.  It seemed worth revisiting a decade later. I used Culture Club's song Church of the Poison Mind as a soundtrack while painting this. The stick figures are a little hard to scan, and are gold leaf 22K. In fact a scan doesn't capture the colour which is ...Read more>

8 February 2020 |

This is my new painting for the CAP 2020 which has been chosen as one of 40 finalists from over 330 entries - and which I only just finished on deadline. Their theme is again "Identity". In 2018 I was honoured to be included as one of their 40 finalists out of 500 national entries so I touch wood because the quality of the finalists was so high that year too.
It was a difficult painting for me for many reasons.  This year I was focused on a personal theme of how losing my father in 2018 has revealed/altered my ...Read more>

23 January 2020 |

Australia is experiencing a horrific climate disaster in the form of savage bushfires the worst of which are in NSW and Victoria. Victoria is my second home and it's devastating to watch. All the communities across the NSW and Victorian border and coast. They are suffering greatly ...Read more>

5 January 2020 |
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In May this year I was asked to cooordinate the Western Australian launch of a book in which I have a chapter written. The anthology called Living and Loving in Diversity was produced by the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) and edited by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli.
I was ...Read more>

9 September 2019 |

Well it finally happened. An AI "Artist" finally had "its' own one-person show in a Chelsea gallery in New York. This is an interesting article by Ian Bogost, the author of the seminal The Cathedral of Computation in The Atlantic Monthly. This says a lot more about us ...Read more>

9 May 2019 |


Fulfulling a promise made a few years ago, I asked Melbourne Muslim community leader Nail Aykan to be the subject for my portrait for the Archibald Prize. While we didnt get short-listed (it's quite an Anglo event) it was tremendous fun, and more Australian Artists of colour should ...Read more>

26 March 2019 |

Over the years, I have learned to appreciate the power of poetry. Perhaps a decade ago I would have tried to find words to describe the last months of tragedies, events which have affected my friends, have affected me. I know now that I'm justing adding to the noise. ...Read more>

20 March 2019 |

If you remain unmoved by the first half and havent laughed by the second half - you're offically dead. Making music is a second-rate description for this wonderful performance. Music is integral to my painting. I can't even begin to make a mark without finding just the right music which ...Read more>

1 November 2018 |











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