Stapp Gallery: New exhibit to open next week at Abraham Art Gallery – Plainview Daily Herald


The Abraham Art Gallery is set to open its season with an exhibit showcasing a local artist.

The STAPP GALLERY: WORKS BY ANDY STAPP is set to open Thursday and will be on display through Oct. 23.

Stapp is regional artist and independent filmmaker who was raised in Lockney. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school in 1993. Stapp specialized in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, and trained Marines by running them through gas chambers on military bases in America, as well as Japan and Australia.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Stapp returned to Lockney to work for his family-owned automotive body shop, developing an interest in airbrushing.

His contemporary graphic style on the canvas draws heavily from his experience creating elaborate designs on cars, giving the work a clear, high-gloss finish. His subject matter features familiar cinematic characters, bold abstracts, marine life and landscapes, as well as incorporated elements of mixed media. Some of Stapp’s custom work ventures beyond the canvas, bringing objects such as mini-fridges, fiberglass surfboards and marlin replicas to life.

Stapp began pursuing art more fully, traveling across the States to create artwork for the International and National Hot Rod Associations for drag racing, and was the principal artist for the UGG Boot company. He has also participated in car-building competitions and appeared on TV shows such as Car Warriors, Search & Restore and Overhaulin’. His most recent project is a feature-length film of his original screenplay, Marfa.  In filming the movie, Stapp used the downtown areas of Lockney and Plainview as a familiar West Texas backdrop for the sci-fi film, as well as casting area residents as extras in the movie. Stapp directed and produced the film which is soon to debut nationally, and a trailer for the movie will be available for viewing in the gallery, along with a variety of his airbrushed works and paintings.

The Abraham Art Gallery is located on the atrium level of the Wayland Baptist University campus library. Those interested can visit the gallery Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Right now the gallery is asking that groups not exceed more than 10 individuals. Tours must also be scheduled by appointment.

In compliance with state and local reopening guidelines, the university and the gallery are following procedures for disinfection approved by the Centers for Disease Control to help keep the facilities clean and safe. Everyone is required to wear a face mask on campus while practicing social distance.

For additional information, call (806)291-3710.

Brisbane lands mammoth European loan exhibition from the Met – Art Newspaper

Fra Angelico’s The Crucifixion (around 1420-23), part of a loan exhibition planned at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane announced today that it had secured a major loan exhibition of 65 paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that includes masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Raphael, Goya, Vermeer, Cézanne and others.

The exhibition will run from 12 June to 17 October 2021. For now the Gallery of Modern Art is the only venue planned for the show, European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Most of the works included rarely leave the Met.

The loan arrangement results in part from a massive ongoing skylight replacement project in the majestic European paintings galleries at the New York museum. The long refurbishment effort resulted in gallery closures and the movement of many works before the Met closed on 13 March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The work later resumed, and on Saturday the museum reopens to the public at 25% capacity.

Titian’s Venus and Adonis from the 1550s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chris Saines, the director of QAGOMA, says the works for the Brisbane show span five centuries, beginning with Fra Angelico’s altarpiece panel The Crucifixion from around 1420-23 and ending with one of Monet’s late Water Lilies from 1916-19. Among the many other highlights are Titian’s Venus and Adonis from the 1550s, Caravaggio’s The Musicians of 1597, Georges de La Tour’s The Fortune Teller from around the 1630s, Rembrandt’s Flora from around 1654 and Vermeer’s Allegory of the Catholic Faith from around 1670-72.

Georges de La Tour’s The Fortune Teller, from around the 1630s Metropolitan Museum of Art

“It’s a major coup for Brisbane and an extraordinary opportunity for our audiences,” Saines says.

The show, which will be accompanied by a publication, is being organised by the Met in collaboration with QAGOMA and Art Exhibitions Australia.

Rembrandt’s Flora from around 1654 Metropolitan Museum of Art

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TEST YOURSELF: The artist giving the junta headaches – Bangkok Post

Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya

Headache Stencil wants to annoy the government

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Read the following story by Suwitcha Chaiyong from the Bangkok Post. Then, answer the questions that follow.

Criticising the government is part of a normal democracy, but perhaps not in Thailand. One artist, however, refuses to stay quiet.

In 2018, after the street artist Headache Stencil — who keeps his true identity anonymous — painted graffiti of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s face on an alarm clock, he was harassed by plainclothes policemen visiting his home at night. Since then, Headache Stencil received much more public attention and caught the authorities’ eye. His other famous works include the silenced black panther and memes of Wanchalerm Satsaksit, who was a Thai political exile abducted outside his home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Such harassment, however, didn’t stop the artist from creating more political art with his latest exhibition titled “Do Or Die”, now on view at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT).

“Before I created this exhibition, I thought about what topics have been prohibited to talk about since I was a kid. Everything that is prohibited will be presented here. After, I’ll go into hiding for my own safety. I have only one life,” said Headache Stencil.

In addition to his own paintings, Headache Stencil also collaborated with three street artists — Alex Face, Muebon and Mamablues — for this exhibition. Alex Face is recognised for his three-eyed childlike figure in a rabbit suit while Muebon is famous for his graffiti of a skull with mouse ears.

“Alex Face, Muebon and I shared an art studio together, but after I was harassed by police officers, I moved out. We discussed concepts before working on paintings. Mamablues is a rising street artist. Working with her was most difficult because I thought her painting was already complete when it arrived. It took me a long time to add a toy soldier in the frame. Collaboration is difficult and takes time,” he said.

The name Headache Stencil was created in 2014 when the artist participated in the world’s largest competition for stencil art at “Stencil Art Prize” in Australia. His artwork Chicken Soldier entered the final round and he flew to Australia to experience the international street artist lifestyle there.

“I took art seriously after that because I found their lifestyle interesting. I use the name Headache Stencil because I intend to give a headache to people who are the subject of my artwork. And stencil is the technique that I can do best. I created Chicken Soldier, which is a picture of a soldier with a chicken on his head, to depict that the government dared to launch a coup, but they are chicken [scared] of accepting criticism,” the artist explained.

Headache Stencil grew up with a father who is a university lecturer for mass communication, so he was taught to read various newspapers. He noticed that the same stories were reported differently in different media. After reading so much, he became hooked on political news.

“I see politicians come and go, but the system is still trash. It’s like a popular soap opera in which only the actors are replaced, but the other elements are still the same,” said Headache Stencil.

Due to his interest in political issues, as a street artist, he believes every artist has the right to creative freedom.

“Every artist has the right to refer to anything that they want through their artwork without any limits. Nobody wants to worsen the society we live in. Art doesn’t destroy things. Street art educates and encourages Thai people to walk into an art gallery. This should be supported rather than discouraged,” he said.

As a person who is interested in politics, Headache Stencil supports the recent student protests, but he thinks they will take time to work.
“We’ll see true democracy, probably when the students participating in these protests become grandparents. However, I’ll be dead by then,” he said.

“Do Or Die” runs at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand until Sept 18. Visit for more information.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. Whose face did Headache Stencil paint on a clock? …………….
2. What is the title of his new exhibition? …………….
3. How many artists did he work with for the show? …………….
4. His work won a competition in 2014. True or false? …………….
5. What does his father do? …………..
6. What does Headache Stencil compare politics to? …………….
7. He thinks that art can educate people. True or false? …………….
8. He believes the country will eventually see true democracy. True or false? …………….
Section 2: Write the noun form of the following words in the space provided.
9. refuses ……… 10. famous ……… 11. discussed ………. 12. popular ………. 13. encourages ……….   
Section 3: Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.
“The student protests are …14…, but they don’t affect the authorities or the government. The authorities don’t feel …15…. If they feel that, they would have …16… a long time ago. I think the protest should focus on …17… who support the government or authorities. If they lose their …18…, they will not want to continue to support the government,” Headache Stencil …19… .
14. A. creation      —B. creative        —C. creates
15. A. shake up     —B. shook up        —C. shaken up
16. A. resign        —B. resignation       — C. resigned
17. A. investors   — B. investments     —C. invests
18. A. benefit       — B. benefits          —C. beneficial
19. A. replied        —B. suggested       — C. countered
Section 4: Find words that match the following definitions.
20. (of a person) not identified by name ……………
21. behaviour that is threatening or annoying ……………
22. a piece of card with a design cut out of it ……………
23. a sudden and violent seizure of power …………
24. garbage; useless or low-class people ……………

Answers: 1. Prawit Wongsuwon. 2. Do Or Die. 3. Three. 4. false. 5. university lecturer. 6. a soap opera. 7. true. 8. true. 9. refusal. 10. fame. 11. discussion. 12. popularity. 13. encouragement.   
14. b. 15. c. 16. c. 17. a. 18. b. 19. b.
20. anonymous. 21. harassment. 22. stencil. 23. coup. 24. trash.
SCORE 21-24: Excellent! 17-20: Good.   13-16: Fair.   12 or fewer: You’ll do better next time!

‘Compassion during crises’: Secret Harbour student a finalist in art prize – Mandurah Mail

A Renaissance-inspired self-portrait painted by Year 11 student Joseph Cook has been chosen as a finalist in WA’s richest portrait prize.

Comet Bay College Year 11 student Joseph Cook’s Renaissance inspired self-portrait has been chosen as a finalist in The Lester Prize’s Youth competition. Photo: Supplied

The Comet Bay College student’s oil painting, titled Boy with Insect, is one of 30 youth artworks in the running for The Lester Prize Youth Competition.

It will be on display at Brookfield Place’s in Perth from November 2 to 27 as part of The Lester Prize Youth Awards Exhibition, with the winners announced on November 12.

Boy with Insect showcases Joseph’s political views about affluence and power in times of crisis.

He chose a Renaissance-style influence because it “complemented the message of the piece”.

“It is a commentary on the way people of status project compassion during environmental crises, but are often complacent when it comes to providing solutions,” Joseph said.

“It was quite relevant last year during the Australian bushfires and the aftermath of Greta Thunberg’s rise to fame.

Joseph Cook Self Portrait

“There were a lot of social influencers and powerful corporations that wanted to show publically that they cared, but often they were the ones directly perpetuating the problem.”

The Lester Prize, formally known as the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, is WA’s premier fine art prize. It was renamed in 2019 in honour of the award’s leading patron, Richard Lester AM.

More than 200 aspiring artists from across Australia entered the contest.

Joseph, who comes from an artistic family, said he was thrilled his self-portrait impressed selectors.

“I entered just to give it a go, so to be a finalist was exciting and a bit unexpected,” he said.

Chair of The Lester Prize Board John Langoulant said the competition was in its fourteenth year and was a platform for young artists to showcase their talents.

“It’s a real testament to the teachers, students and their families who are fostering their creativity in this way – helping them share their stories with the wider community,” Mr Langoulant said.

A total prize pool of more than $6000 is up for grabs.

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The Rise of Buy Now, Pay Later Art Financing – Ocula Magazine

Over 1,000 galleries have signed up to an Australian service called Art Money.

Art Money founder Paul Becker. Courtesy Art Money.

Buying art is ‘lumpy’, according to Paul Becker, founder of Art Money. It typically incurs a large up-front cost for a purchase that might be enjoyed for decades to come.

Seeing what he describes as ‘a broken and inefficient marketplace,’ he launched the buy now, pay later service in 2015, allowing collectors to take home works worth up to AUS $50,000 (and US $100,000 in the US) after paying a 10% deposit. They then pay off the remainder in monthly 10% instalments that are interest free thanks to galleries picking up the cheque.

Over 5,000 works have since been purchased using Art Money in Australia, New Zealand and the US, bringing in around AUS $30 million in sales. With sales up 50% year on year in the last quarter, Art Money is seeking AUS $5 million Series A financing to scale up, launch a mobile app and expand to new markets such as the United Kingdom.

‘We want to be the payment platform for the art world,’ Becker said, a market valued at US $64.1b according to the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2020.

Buy now, pay later services such as Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna and Zip are growing quickly worldwide, with a report by Worldpay Merchant Solutions predicting them to nearly double their share of the global payments market by 2023. Art Money is not the only such service targeted at art collectors—Own Art has a network of over 300 galleries and has supported £56 million in sales since 2004—but it does have considerable support from galleries, with 1,195 signing up so far.

Becker says a range of people use the service — ‘about a third of people say they’re buying for the first time, but then equally about a third are regular collectors who use the service however and whenever they buy art.’

While buy now, pay later services in other industries are often targeted at people in their 20s, he says people on Art Money are ‘older and wealthier than you’d think’. Almost two thirds are aged 30-50, and most are collecting well within their means. The default rate for the service is just 0.5%.

‘This is about psychology, not affordability,’ Becker said, arguing the value of the service is in feeling comfortable and responsible buying art when a desired work is available.

The model seems like a no-brainer for collectors — why pay for a work in full when you could invest the balance and pay later? But for galleries the decision to partner with Art Money is more complicated.

Sydney’s Gallery 9 was among the first to join Art Money when it launched, and has since sold somewhere in the range of 12-20 works using the service, according to Gallery Manager Oliver Lardner.

‘Art Money is great,’ Lardner said. ‘It’s been useful for certain patrons who don’t wish to wait for a lay-by and it’s great because they can take the work home right away. The only downside is that it [costs] 10% of the sale which we can’t pass on to support our artists,’ he said.

His thoughts are echoed by Anna Jackson, Director at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.

‘Our experience with Art Money has been primarily at Sydney Contemporary where we have only had a few transactions but all were positive experiences,’ she said. ‘From memory their rates to galleries are higher than other providers, [which] of course nibbles into our margins.’

Becker argues 10% is a standard commission for an art sale. And while galleries would doubtless prefer to pay less, they continue to sign up.

Ultimately, ‘there is a huge potential upside for more people to engage with art and therefore culture, and have a much bigger, more viable, more sustainable creative economy,’ Becker said. —[O]

Welded Stainless Steel Creatures by Georgie Seccull Twist and Unfurl in Eternal Motion – Colossal



August 27, 2020

Christopher Jobson

Zenith & Nadir, 2020. All images by Andrew J Bourke, © Georgie Seccull, shared with permission.

Australian sculptor and installation artist Georgie Seccull creates large-scale stainless steel sculptures of animals and other creatures seemingly locked in motion. Comprised of numerous pieces cut from metal sheets, the materials lend themselves to organic forms like feathers, scales, wings, or the armaments of crustaceans. Seccull’s work scales up dramatically in her installation practice where she’s filled entire rooms and atriums with suspended pieces.

“We are born out of chaos in darkness and come into the light—my process is much the same: I begin with a thousand pieces scattered on the ground, then working almost like a jigsaw puzzle, I pick them up one by one and allow each piece to come together organically and dictate the outcome,” the artist shares in a statement.

One of Seccull’s most recent sculptures has been nominated for a Beautiful Bizarre People’s Choice art prize, and she has an upcoming solo show at the Gasworks Art Park near Melbourne. You can see more of her work on Instagram.

The Beyond

Cancer Rising

Dancing in the Dark

The Gatekeepers, detail

Through the Dark

Resistance, 2019

Return to the Source

Artist Georgie Seccull in her studio.


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