Upcoming art veloce show

Portrait of Sid

Announcing my upcoming art show at ME Gallery, St Leonards – 21-25 May 2019. It is a collection of 30 faces to focus on men’s mental health. The show is called ‘Old man, take a look at my life’.

All works are the result of painting ‘veloce’ style. Veloce is a term I’ve used to describe the all prima impasto style where all paintings are completed in one session, usually in only an hour or two. Veloce means ‘fast’ or ‘quick’.

The theme of the show is a close up on expression and character through impasto. Each image is captured viscerally – images frozen in moments of contemplation, absurdity and disconnection. It discusses men’s mental health and moments of laughter and self reflection.

‘Painting, to me, is an energy exchange to capture expression through gestural brushwork with a limited palette.’

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The complexities of complex character

This is my entry into the Bald Archy Prize 2019. It is a complex piece, borne out of a necessity to see how many expressions and essence of character I could get in to one picture while still maintaining integrity with a holistic picture. A PM Pastiche. I wanted viewers to stop and look at this and use their hands to block out sections of the work to see who they can see.

I wanted it to look like one of the portraits in the Parliament House Gallery and added an extra element of a thin wooden frame stuck onto the canvas.

The result is intriguing and thankfully has received some press within the Capital’s writers. The Prize this year opens in the ACT on Feb 4 and travels around the eastern seaboard, with the winner announced in Sydney in March.

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Archibald Entry 2018

MY entry this year into the Archibald Prize is my first in four or five years. MY work is based on my admiration for OzHarvest’s CEO, Ronni Kahn, and the work her and her team do in providing food for Australia’s homeless and underprivileged. The work is called ‘The Powerhouse and the Passion’ which sums up the energy and self, belief and motivation of Ronni, both as a businessperson and entrepreneur in this much-needed space.

Photo below that is my meeting and being interviewed by Jessica Ridley from Seven News upon submitting my entry last week.



Expressionism 2018

I have an exhibition coming up in March at Gallery371, 371 Enmore Rd Marrickville (Sydney). The show dates are 12-16 March with an Open Night Wed 14 March 6-7.30pm (RSVP 6 March on 0423 130 959). The show will host up to 25 pop icon impasto paintings, each for sale.

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The Australian Voter

This effort didn’t make the grade to hang in this year’s Bald Archy, but with each passing day its message is no more truer – so many useless distractions within our present government there seems no way out. Enjoy my work ‘The Australian Voter’ and let’s hope for some policies to continue improving our way of life to pass rather than the soap opera on the Hill.

The Australian Voter

Bald Archy entries for 2017


Wizard of TAZ   (C) Mark Tippett 2017


The NSW Electoral Stakes (c) Mark Tippett 2016

Here are my two entries for this year’s lampooning Bald Archy Prize launching at the Watson Arts Centre on 12 Feb 2017. As usual there is plenty of fodder out there in the political and social media landscape and me thinks that Donald Trump doing what many pundits thought ‘against the odds’ a great leg up for Australian cartoonists and media types. In my two pieces I have once again chosen to focus on Tassie senator Jacqui Lambie and her merry band of newbies plus an old hand in ‘Independent Senator Nick X’ and Greens Leader, Robert D’N. To me it screamed ‘Wizard of Oz’ or as I’ve called it ‘Wizard of Taz’ (92 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas). Makes sense doesn’t it?

The second piece was a reaction to (ex)Premier of NSW Mike Baird and the knee jerk reaction to ban a 200-year-old industry – greyhound racing. The painting follows the story of Macquarie radio station’s ‘hounding’ of the Premier, the (then) Deputy Premier and the NSW govt. The work is called ‘The NSW Electoral Stakes’ (61 x 122cm oil on canvas). Footnote: but wouldn’t you know it, the week I was sending my works to Canberra for selection, Mike announces he is stepping aside and retiring from politics IMMEDIATELY. Politics is a fickle business; so too, lampooning!

Enjoy. The details for the upcoming Prize and tour is at www.baldarchy.com.au.

-Mark Tippett