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Stretching Your Own Canvas

Stretching Your Own Canvas

Buying pre-stretched canvases supports for painting on is a relatively recent phenomenon. Historically artists have made their own, or had canvases made to order. Making your own canvas can be a very satisfying experience. Read more  

Starry Night: Still Dazzling After 124 Years

Starry Night: Still Dazzling After 124 Years

No trip to New York is complete without a visit to MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art. I was there recently and spent a very worthwhile afternoon wandering it's six or so floors of world treasures. Its quite a wonderful experience to wander through the myriad of rooms, turn a corner and come face to face with a master piece. I think it was the 5th floor and after a hours of being delighted by Pollock, Warhol, Rothko, Picasso and Matisse. There was a huge storm outside so the ambient light had diminished in the gallery. I turned a corner and there I was standing within a metre of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. I remember my pulse quickening at the sight of it. What I found most remarkable of this 124 year old treasure was the vibrancy of the pigment. It is as if it was painted yesterday.  Read more  

The Value of Sporting Memorabilia

The Value of Sporting Memorabilia

West Coast Eagles Football GuernseyFootball season always sees us busy at Art House with framing football guernseys. Many are match signed and all have a unique value to the owner. As collectibles their monetary value can well exceed the emotional value. Depending on the guernsey and its origins the value can easily exceed triple figures.  Read more  
Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013

Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence in art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society. Read more  
Art Restoration becomes Pop Art.

Art Restoration becomes Pop Art.

A grandmother's less-than-artistic attempt to restore a century-old church fresco has turned into an unlikely art sensation, with thousands of people signing an online petition to save her questionable handiwork. Eighty-one-year-old Cecilia Gimenez noticed that an oil painting of Jesus Christ on the wall of her local church near Zaragoza, in north-eastern Spain, was deteriorating and decided to take it upon herself to fix the 120-year-old fresco.
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Donny Woolagoodja a Kimberley Legend

Donny Woolagoodja a Kimberley Legend

Donny WoolagoodjaAustralias North West Tourism is running a "Characters of the Kimberley Competition" and are giving people the opportunity to experience something truly extraordinary.  This is more than just a chance to win a North West trip for two, the prize is a unique backstage pass to see the Kimberley through the eyes of its colourful local legends.There are four legends in the campaign. One of the legends, Donny Woolagoodja,  a Worora elder and custodian of Namarali has had a long relationship with Art House. He rose to fame as his installation of  Namarali rose above the Sydney Olympic crowds in 2000. These days Donny is primarily responsible for keeping the Wandjina spirit and culture alive in the Kimberley.  Art House has a range of limited edition Wandjina etchings by Donny.  Read more  

Storrier Wins Archibald 2012

Storrier Wins Archibald 2012

Art House Blog: Tim Storrier wins Archibald 2012The veteran artist Tim Storrier has won the $75,000 Archibald Prize for his self-portrait – as an invisible man without a face. But a closer look at the veteran artist's surreal canvas shows his face sketched on a piece of paper floating in the breeze behind him.  The Bathurst artist quipped to a packed room at Australia's most famous art prize for portraiture that winning would make him "the most unpopular artist in the country - with other artists".
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2011 November Art House Post

2011 November Art House Post

I recently came across an interesting quote about photography, albeit its credited to anCamels on Cable Beach unknown author.  "I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it." I recently took this unknown authors advice and undertook a photography class here in Broome. It was a half day course and I learnt so much in such a short time that I only regret not doing the course prior to taking my recent trip to Africa. I feel sorry for my camera's auto setting, its now destined to a lonely existence.  Read more  

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