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Richmond in the eighties
30 Nov 1984
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In January 1985 I moved into a flat above a Greek delicatessen at 322 Bridge Rd., Richmond (Victoria). There was a cavernous kitchen on the ground floor behind the shop; the rest of the flat was upstairs. I made the large room overlooking Bridge Rd into a studio and painted there for seven years. My first solo exhibition had been the year before, and in my new studio I consolidated my style and created some of the images that formed the foundation of much of my later work. It was a convenient place for friends to drop in on the way past and I often had several people there drinking coffee and playing cards into the small hours while I painted.

By the time Bridge Rd became gentrified and the building was sold to a hairdresser, I had had several successful exhibitions and gained confidence that what I was doing was worthwhile. After the Bridge Rd studio I lived for a few years in a small house in Seddon before returning to my ancestral home in Tasmania. Here, I converted a former farm shed into a large, airy space ideal for painting (although admittedly a bit chilly in the depths of winter). Twenty years later I'm still painting there. I've had a lot more exhibitions, sold a lot of art, won some prizes and taught a lot of students. I'm pretty much living the dream here, but will always have very fond memories of the old studio in Richmond.

Oilpainting Painting Surrealism Tasmania
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