Category Archives: Sydney

Elevation

My most recent interview was with Leonora Howlett, an artist and ex-student of Miller, who was in her final years at NAS 1959-60. At the risk of repeating myself these invitations into the homes and minds of artists who have … Continue reading

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Reachings and Slidings

I treated myself tonight to a meal at Fratelli Fresh. I’m not sure if it is just by association with the name but when you walk in you are hit with the green scents of fresh vegetables and perfectly ripened … Continue reading

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The Quest

Yesterday I arrived in Sydney half asleep or close to sleepwalking. The night before had been a roulette of small snatches of sleep – about leaving Mum for two nights, about waking early for the plane trip. It was a … Continue reading

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Moon – Water – Cliffs

There are those moments of magic when researching a biography that are only partly anticipated. My visit with Peter and Ursula Laverty was one such moment or many as it turned out. I had been looking forward to the interview … Continue reading

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The Miller Odyssey

The Artarmon Galleries Godfrey Miller Exhibition opened on the night of the 21 September and I with great expectations arrived at 4pm to interview Jocelyn Maughan. This interview and the exhibition itself were the stuff of dreams for a biographer. … Continue reading

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Bridges & a lost bird

Thinking of bridges and crossing them into the past I thought it was about time that I took a shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I sat on a bench listening to the groan and release sounds of the Ozjet … Continue reading

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AGNSW: Miller’s Corner

Whilst in general I am pretty diligent on my Sydney trips to ensure I get maximum time with Godfrey Miller’s letters, I also feel the need for related distractions that are Sydney unique experiences. On Monday, lunch time, in full … Continue reading

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Emerging from the chrysalis

‘Somehow then I move to a renaissance of my own – a discarding of the chrysalis an impulse forwarded by the influence of Ibsen, Nietzsche,  Zola, Dostoyevsky, Picasso, the Chinese [exhibition], MacMurray and Lewis Miller. In the main it is … Continue reading

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A generous mind & reporter of the spirit

It is sunny in Sydney today but the wind chills swirling around the city buildings like a predator after unsuspecting Melbournites who assume Sydney is always balmy. However, it is the rainy day in Melbourne yesterday that still excites me. … Continue reading

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Rain Memory

Australian rain-memory has been revived. This winter marks the return of the puddle and the sloosh, sloosh sound of cars on streets. The threat of our red centre encroaching on our coastal edges has abated and on the whole we … Continue reading

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