Boom Gallery News

Nick Dridan, Medley

Nick Dridan, Medley

Nick Dridan’s latest solo exhibition at Boom continues his interest in capturing quiet moments of life in regional Victoria in a new series of meticulously detailed paintings. “I recently considered the Wittgenstein quote- “whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” Although he was not referring directly to art, I believe he was making a point... Read more
Five facts about Cat Rabbit

Five facts about Cat Rabbit

1. I reside with both a cat (Porco) and a rabbit (Pipo). I love them both but they don’t quite love each other. Not yet. 2. My favourite cake to make (and eat) is a lemon chiffon cake. (related fact: I am counting down the days till the next Great British Bakeoff Season). 3. I... Read more
Five facts about Michelle Kettle

Five facts about Michelle Kettle

A bit more info about the paintings; For this collection of small paintings I’ve revisited suburbs I lived in when I first moved to Melbourne, mainly Carlton north. Moving through these old streets again, I’ve framed my compositions to capture particular elements of the architecture that I love, mainly windows, doors and those spectacular Victorian... Read more
Cat Rabbit, (Nothing But) Flowers

Cat Rabbit, (Nothing But) Flowers

“(Nothing But) Flowers is a new body of work exploring the possibilities of felt as a medium. The title comes from a Talking Heads song, which postulates a future society that has reverted to a natural state, devoid of modern conveniences. The song followed me around all summer – on the radio, a surprise shuffle coming through my... Read more
Rohan Robinson, Desire For a Sedentary Personality

Rohan Robinson, Desire For a Sedentary Personality

“So somebody asks… “What do you do?” I’m at a point of the more I do it, the less I really know, the landscape is a vehicle for language, not STYLE, but a developed deep seated personal language, that takes many years to reach. My work is not necessarily site specific, but more a conglomerate... Read more
Meet the Maker / Champ & Co.

Meet the Maker / Champ & Co.

Founder, director and head designer at Champ Co, Lauren Stellar, was trained with MA in Architecture at RMIT Melbourne. After working at several Architecture firms in Melbourne, Lauren started Champ Co as a business that would develop her interest in play theory and exercise design in many other mediums other than architecture. Lauren runs both... Read more
Michelle Kettle, Folded Light

Michelle Kettle, Folded Light

Sunlight on a building will suddenly draw your attention where it may have been overlooked before. A curtain stirring or a door closing, you suddenly look back, look up, or glance across the street. There is a two sided voyeurism although neither viewers are to be seen. Divided by space and walls, with you on... Read more
Five facts about Sally Stokes

Five facts about Sally Stokes

I live in the Hawkesbury sandstone area – bushland that has more diversity per hectare than the Amazon basin. I’m married and have been for 39 years!  We have one delightful son. I’m in a drawing group that has met on Tuesdays for 40 years! We now have a camper van and go to the... Read more
Five facts about Natalie Anderson

Five facts about Natalie Anderson

I live in a very old, tiny farmhouse in the Barrabool hills which six months ago had subversive graffiti all over the internal walls, fungus growing in the kitchen floor and pine needles falling through the roof! My studio is in a 1970’s  ‘sleep out’ addition on the back of the farmhouse which, thanks to... Read more
Five facts about Amber Stokie

Five facts about Amber Stokie

I started private drawing lessons when I was 9. I majored in painting at University in 1993 though quickly changed to a major in drawing in the first 6 months. This traditional medium will always have a respected place in my practice, it keeps enticing me to come back. It’s the purist part of me.... Read more
Five facts about Ben Crawford

Five facts about Ben Crawford

I used to play bass guitar in a band called ‘Fruit Toot and The Shake-it-Loose’. Other than being an artist, some of the other ways I’ve earned a living have been as a cook, a window cleaner, a banana farmer, a gardener, a tiler, a labourer, and even a paper thrower… At art college, before... Read more
Five facts about Louise Tate

Five facts about Louise Tate

I grew up in the green hills of Mullumbimby, a small town in the Byron Shire in NSW. My childhood was spent collecting tree sap, eating mulberries, drawing radically colourful horses, and trying to convince my parents to buy a dog (5 years and many stubborn Christmas-lists later I succeeded). I went to the local... Read more
Memory + Paint / Sally Stokes, Ben Crawford & Louise Tate

Memory + Paint / Sally Stokes, Ben Crawford & Louise Tate

Sally Stokes Sally Stokes is a Sydney based abstract landscape artist who works from her studio amongst the angophoras in Dural and her boatshed studio in a remote part of the Hawkesbury river. Sally has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Analytical Psychology. She has had sixteen solo shows and numerous... Read more
Meet the Maker / Takeawei

Meet the Maker / Takeawei

Takeawei creates fun, functional, hand-crafted ceramics, the pieces mix organic shapes and textures with bright colours and a sense of humour. Each piece is designed to be used and is lovingly handmade. Chela studied textile design in Melbourne in the early 2000s and after graduation set her sights on working in New York. After much... Read more
Natalie Anderson / Close To Home

Natalie Anderson / Close To Home

  “At it’s heart my art practice is driven by the desire for life long learning and a connection to country. As a self taught artist living a ‘sea affected life’ in the shadow of the ancient You Yangs, the landscape and the ocean around Geelong keeps me captivated as an artist and a seeker.... Read more
Amber Stokie / Me, You & In Between

Amber Stokie / Me, You & In Between

Amber Stokie returns to her love of drawing to investigate identity development, and the dynamics that operate within close relationships. Using performance photographs from her Master of Fine Arts folio as source material, Stokie reshapes, shifts and establishes connections within her drawings to create individual narratives. The universal pursuit of individualism and the desire to... Read more
Five facts about Beci Orpin

Five facts about Beci Orpin

1. I lived with my mum and sister in an inner-city commune when I was young. It was a wild and fun way to grow up. 2. I don’t drive, but spend a lot of time on my bicycle. 3. My studio is in a warehouse in Brunswick, which I share with my husband Raph’s... Read more
Five facts about Carla McRae

Five facts about Carla McRae

[photo credit: Anu Kumar] 1. I love budgerigars. I had a few when I was a kid (Pretty Boy I, Pretty Boy II, etc) and they all flew away or died. Cages are cruel though – I could never have one now. 2. I like to draw to ambient music. My ultimate hack to getting into... Read more
Madeleine Peters / Olivine

Madeleine Peters / Olivine

Olivine acknowledges landscape as an ever shifting space of material and cultural changes. The young volcanic ground of South-Western Victoria becomes a setting for Peters’ recollections to play out, assembling a strange and familiar dream. The limitation of memory is observed in these works, natural exaggeration and disintegration of experience evident in each scene. The... Read more
Five facts about Katie Eraser

Five facts about Katie Eraser

Image by Tatanja Ross (On Jackson Street) I have an unquenchable appetite and curiosity to learn about people, which renders me full of questions, I try not to turn a conversation into an interrogation, but I would rather talk about you than me. I am drawn to anything bright and colourful, my house is full of trinkets... Read more