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Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity

Author John McDonald

Publisher R Ian Lloyd Productions Pty. Ltd

Price AUD$ 80.00      

Published in 2007

For an artist, the studio is the engine room of his or her
creativity. It is both playground and prison cell, the place where
long, long days are spent wrestling with the Muse. For the public the
artist’s studio is a mysterious and magical place where an infinite
diversity of images are brought to life. STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity showcases 61 important painters working in their studio environment.

aim was to capture a broad cross-section of artists from all over
Australia working in a variety of styles, as well as traditional
Aboriginal painters. Photographic portraits by National Geographic
photographer, R. Ian Lloyd, reveal the artist’s working environment in
fascinating detail, whether it be an inner city loft, a kitchen table
or the sandy earth of the Outback. Art critic, John McDonald, provides
profiles of individual artists, examining the way their studio space
affects and stimulates their creativity.

What does an artist
do when he or she reaches a creative block? How important is it to
create the right environment for creative activity? What can we learn
from a mistake, or a happy accident? How important is subject matter?
Where does work begin and play end?

To answer these questions, the authors travelled more than 50,000km,
and shot 50 hours of video footage. In the process, what began as an
overview of contemporary Australian painting became an informal enquiry
into the nature of creativity. As more information was gathered about
the way painters think and work, the similarities and differences
became ever more absorbing. The result is a book that focuses on the
painters of one sprawling continent, but finds lessons applicable to
all times and places.

presents an extraordinary anthology of visual and verbal insights into
the way paintings are made, and the complex blend of motivation and
inspiration that sustains the painter in his or her solitary search for


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