Do you like Goya? was the first thing the Famous Painter asked. Well I knew where he was going with that one. After all, he was famous for more than just being a painter – 30 illegitimate children, or was it 29…? Memory isn’t what it used to be. I’d read his file, but that was months ago, before they vetted him and judged him to fit to paint the Royal likeness, whatever that means.
James Bullough and Addison Karl are the kind of friends you want to have. Of course, they’re exceptionally talented. But that aside, they’re really great people. They’re men of their words, great for conversations and laughs, afternoon drinks and evening ramblings. Heck, Karl even had HRM into his gallery for our launch in rainy Berlin back in May of last year.
The original intensity of a work of art tends to be obscured by the formality of its own presentation. Only occasionally does the framework of typical convention break down, when art can stand for itself, rather than the value it signifies. It can be observed and interpreted for what it is, rather than what its custodians want it to be.
Sacha Guitry, a Russian-born French dramatist and actor, said famously, “Être parisien, ce n’est pas être né à Paris, c’est y renaître,” (“To be Parisian is not to be born in Paris, but reborn”), a statement that probably unifies the artists of Belleville, the loosely defined quarter that dribbles into the 10th, 11th, 19th, and 20th arrondissements of Paris.
There’s a Confucius quote that goes something like “the man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Kyle Hughes-Odgers is the exceptionally talented Perth-based artist who is carrying these small stones.