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.


So until I get my website back up and running this will have to substitute until then. There are a myriad of ways you can contact me or even better. If you are interested in the work, you can come to my studio in Melbourne and see it for yourself. There is a large range of works I have at the moment, of all shapes and sizes and colours I will endeavor to upload these as soon as is possible, the link for the gallery is above. Until then if you want to contact me simply send me an email –


or give me a call on my phone 0438 062 100. I enjoy meeting people who are interested in purchasing my work, the most interesting part is what you see in the paintings. That I find absolutely fascinating.

Oh and to explain why I do not have a website, I had an image that went Viral a little while back, one of my drawings, anyway an Armenian hacker visited the page and decided it was worth hacking because of the traffic, and subsequently turned it into a tirade against Turkey. Which was interesting to say the least, not to mention difficult as that meant $3000 of webpage and it’s backups became infected (automatic backup – dont do it)… Anyway I might get around to publishing what he wrote, most of it is in Armenian…

The Black Dog Project

Some of the most amazing things, and people, that have happened to me in my life are complete random happenings. A matter of chance, of minutes not will or power. Many of these I have much to be thankful for.

This is one such thing. That I have been positively blessed to be a part of, I cannot overstate that sentence.

Surf ARrrrrt

Sooooooooooooooooooo Excited at the moment,

Just dropped off some art for a wicked exhibition(see below post) Here are some of the pictures in it, and the behind the scenes of how it came together, will

upload more in time 🙂

Check out you want to see some more stuff 🙂 And to find out about this wicked little exhibition check this out


SURFace Pop Up Rip it up AWEsome new exhibition THIS FRIDAY!


We have an opening at the wonderful and amazing little store at 11 Carlisle street in St. Kilda. If you want to see some of the top surf art in Australia at the moment (yeah i know how did i get in there right?) come check it out, good luck getting in on opening night though, it’s going to be off the charts, bring a hat, and a friend and well maybe a stack hat if you want to get in because it’s going to be nose to elbow, elbow to mouth 😀