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Welcome to my blog

24 Oct 2017


Today, I'm starting this blog. Strangely I feel of late I have a few things to say, about art, education, life and other things. I am inspired by a few lectures I attended recently at the AGNSW in Sydney and at the NGV in Melbourne and by recent not insignificant life experiences. 


As many know, particularly via my Facebook posts, I have had a tumultuous past year or so.  A motorcycle accident last year, complications and a long recovery certainly gave me pause to stop, think and re-evaluate.  Without question all has informed the life choices I have made since that fateful day and given me some perspective on all that came before, on the mistakes I made and on those important to me and inevitably helped me refocus, in time, on my art practice.  


I have given this all now much thought.  Without wishing to compromise the intuitive nature of my art practice I have consciously sought to take my work to a higher, more meaningful level.  A struggle all artists know only too well.  To this end, engaging with fellow artists, curators, commentators, friends and dare I say, critics has I feel lifted my spirits and self-belief and for the better affected how I paint - and more importantly, what I envisage my painting will be - all going well - when initially confronted with a blank canvas.  These voices are important as the art of painting is a solitary thing otherwise.


A comment on my Facebook page this past week particularly made me smile and spurred me on.  "Your work takes me on a drifting sea, on a ride to another place.  A comforting abyss, inspirational in the same breath".


This made me think I at times may too often overwork a painting, trying to dictate my view of things - search for a perhaps missing element, that really when added only confuses and degrades the composition.  So I will keep it simple.  I have some ideas on this now, and will work them out in the weeks ahead.


I'll let you know how I go.


So today, I have few words and will instead just make a mark.


Speak soon 



Andrew McIlroy is a visual artist, living and working in Melbourne, Australia 



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