Sometimes, rarely, my day job in policy and my art career converge. Nail Aykan became my subject for my second entry into Australia's Archibald Prize 2019, as I painted WA politican John Hyde MP back in 2010. Just sent it off to the courier. Exhausting but good.  
Until recently, Nail was the Executive Director of the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) for seven years. For many, he is the most well known, respected and relatable Muslim leader in Australia when it comes to listening and explaining the experiences of the Muslim community. He engenders trust in people. Nail ...Read more>

9 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 untaps the images which sometimes flow right onto the canvas, bypassing my careful planning, which is just how I like it. How dull to know exactly what to do in every moment. 
Jaroussky, Lemieux - concert in Baden Baden - encores
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1 November 2018 |

A wonderful new anthology I'm proud to be part of and, honestly, it's so readable and a breath of fresh air in terms of understanding the hidden cultural diversity in LGBT communities worldwide not just Australia. Living and Loving in Diversity has been nominated for a LAMBDA Literary Award in the US under anthologes too, a testament to our wonderful editor Maria Pallotta Chiarolli.
It speaks for me, each chapter, about racism in the homogenous LGBT community but also turning our lives around by using that to become happier people writing ...Read more>

30 September 2018 |


Only two days left to make a submission to Treasury's Black Economy Taskforce on their proposed overhaul of the ABN system (for taxation) in Australia.
The affect on all Artists from some of the proposals could make Artists choose not to practice professionally and result in a ...Read more>

29 August 2018 |


Chesea Manning has emerged as one of the most interesting people challenging our ideas and values . I enjoyed her interview with Vogue's Sally Singer a lot. See the link: https://youtu.be/iOguaB9Df1A. Photo is by Annie Leibovitz for the September issue of Vogue 2018. Also ...Read more>

11 June 2018 |

   A brief note for me personally. After a long illness, my father Ramanathan died on the 21st of March 2018. Our close little family had the chance to say goodbye. He made a choice not to continue treatment and to endure the great suffering that he did. My mother ...Read more>

16 March 2018 |

Wonderful to be shortlisted for the  Collie Art Prize in WA. The theme of identity has inspired the 40 finalists. I will be attending the opening with friends and enjoying being back in regional WA and all its beauty and character.  The exhibition is on show 10am-4pm ...Read more>

2 March 2018 |


This  series of 6 small paintings are stories about fashion, suicide vests and social media and was inspired by consultations with multicultural youth and media reports while working as a policy officer for the peak ethnic community organisation in Australia.
It pays homage to 60s and 70s  haute ...Read more>

5 August 2017 |

Here are two studies I've been doing over the last 2 years for my new series Strange Fruit.


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22 March 2017 |











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