OVERVIEW of small works

This is the overview of the small works hung (there are more not hung!) for my upcoming show… More detailed views to come tomorrow!

All works on this wall are range from $95 – 1200, depending on the time spent on them and the size. There are other beautiful small works from $50.

A photo is never as good as the real thing so come for a look!


It’s only on this coming Saturday and Sunday! 31 tinning st. Brunswick in melbourne, from 10.30 am till 5.30pm each day.


The Metro Gallery Art Award 2012

The Metro Gallery Art Award 2012

Fantastic news,

My painting above, ‘The Parade’ is a finalist in the Metro Gallery Art Awards. It is a $50,000 first prize winner takes all for painters under 35. There were 380 entrants this year and this is the third time I have made it as a finalist!

The opening is tonight at 6.30 pm at 1214 High st. Armadale

Some of the other finalists work is here




See me paint – timelapse

Here is a little video that shows a little art paint off that I was in recently down in Warrnambool, the artist I was painting against was the infamous Gareth Colliton, he was good, so good he won. Nathan Pye was the talented man who put it all together. It was the most fun I have had painting in a long time, and I really didn’t have anything to show for the first hour except a few washes of colour. As you can see, it’s not till the end that it shows what I was painting.

Double click on the video for full screen 🙂 I start about 2:45 in.

Arts on the Grass 2011 time lapse from Nathan Pye on Vimeo.

It took { — } years to make…

An interesting point to note in the making of art work. Is that no matter what sort of art, big small. Colourful, dull or dreary. No matter how much it cost, to make or to buy. No matter how many sketches or plans or photos or failed layers of paint.

How long did it take you to make that?

Well the only ever good response I ever heard to that was from Pauline, my curator, she pointed out very swiftly. ‘If anyone ever asks you that you reply. How old are you again Harley? Right then that’s how long it took you to make it’.

And she has a very good point, it was not just the brushstrokes that make each painting, the layers of medium and pigment. It is every moment that has gone into these little moments. And it terms of life – that’s the whole lot.

The latest paintings took 28 years to make. Not a bad innings, pretty cheap too considering how long it took to paint them 😉 Of which there are more to come soon…

Here is a photographer who – surprisingly – puts in as much work as I do to make a single final piece. Respect.

Meet Sam Abel.