14 October 14, 2020

Newcastle Emerging Artist Finalist

By |2021-02-24T17:46:54+11:00October 14th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

Pretty stoked to be a finalist in this and to be hung in this show with so many talented people. Thank you Newcastle Art Space. Opening night is tomorrow, head over to the NAS website for more details and bookings, and head on down to see which of my artworks was selected.

9 August 9, 2020

Independent Galleries of Newcastle Art Fair 2020

By |2021-02-24T17:34:46+11:00August 9th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

I’ll be featuring in a pop up group show for the IGN art fair 2020 in conjunction with Newcastle Art Gallery Australia. This group show will launch on Saturday August 15th at 10am and run for 5 days only! I’ll be featured alongside works from Megan Burley gallery owner Marguerite Tierney, Ann Gordon Elizabeth Mead, Glenys Holmes and Rachel Melcher.

It is a free event, but bookings are essential and limited per half an hour.

Please email admin@blackstone-gallery.com to RSVP.

Come enjoy a nice cold one from Pioneer Brewing.

16 June 16, 2020

As We All Play Parts of Tomorrow Extended

By |2021-02-24T16:24:03+11:00June 16th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

Wow! What a reception! Due to popular demand Blackstone gallery have decided to extend my exhibition all the way through to the 12th July. Thank you!

Opening day/night, while a bit different than usual was a massive success. We extended the usual opening reception hours from two to four, with allocated time slots for people to come through and view the artworks with everyone sticking to strict Covid Health Regulations. We filled up all the allocated time slots, and more people emailing through asking to come for a look, and based on sales through out the opening the gallery decided to extend the show for another 2 weeks.

Hope you can make it.


13 June 13, 2020

The Nimrods Virtual Walk Through

By |2021-02-24T16:23:22+11:00June 13th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting, Video|

A series or portraits based on songs by Green Day for the exhibition “As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow”

For this series, I wanted to create a small gang of misfits based around songs by Green Day. Green Day have always been a huge influence on me and one fo my favourite bands through out the 90’s. I’d die my hair the same as Billie Joe on a regular occasions much to the dislike of my parents and teachers. So for this series of 12, I scoured through Green Day’s catalogue, listening to everything old and new in the studio, it was a fun experience to create these figures based solely on one song each. Each art work is mixed media on canvas, and just under 35 cm x 35 cm.

Here’s a virtual walk through of the series that will be shown within my exhibition “As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow” in an adjoining room with a small speaker playing the 12 Green Day songs that inspired each work playing on loop.

12 June 12, 2020

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow, Virtual Walk Through

By |2021-02-24T16:27:10+11:00June 12th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting, Video|

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow – A virtual walk through.

Just after hanging As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow, and due to the ongoing pandemic, I thought it would be a good idea to do a virtual walk through of the exhibition. I knew that capacity was limited and that friends and family would not be able to make to the show in person. So we thought we try to capture it and make it as authentic as possible.  Also some works have changed since my initial preview and the addition of seven smaller artworks. Josh from Bar TV, who also happens to be a great mate of mine, was on hand to help and film the walk through.

Exhibition open June 13th – 27th at Blackstone Gallery, Newcastle.

Filmed and edited by Josh Mason, Bar TV

Music by Foemen

10 June 10, 2020

Art Talk

By |2021-02-24T16:25:23+11:00June 10th, 2020|Art, Black and White, Exhibition, Painting, Studio, Video|

A preview of As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow. I sat down with my friend John to talk about my rescheduled exhibition at Blackstone Gallery here in my hometown of Newcastle.
7 June 7, 2020

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow Re-scheduled

By |2021-02-24T16:25:56+11:00June 7th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

The rumours are true. We are back on! Please join us for drinks on Saturday the 13th June between 1pm – 5pm. We will run the opening reception for a little longer than usual to accomodate spacing people out and avoid large gatherings due to restrictions.
We will have extra safety precautions in place to keep everyone safe.
People have already began booking in time slots to view which is amazing and also a massive help to the gallery. You can contact the gallery via email, admin@blackstone-gallery.com
Thank you to Blackstone Gallery Sea Salt & Sage Catering, Philter Brewing, Moorooduc Estate and Aaron Framed It for supporting ‘As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow’.
19 May 19, 2020

In The Studio

By |2020-12-13T14:28:24+11:00May 19th, 2020|Art, Black and White, Painting, Studio, Video|

A short look into my studio.

Song “Those Were Good Times” – by Beerwolf

10 April 10, 2020

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow, Virtual Preview

By |2021-02-24T16:26:27+11:00April 10th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting, Studio, Video|

Unfortunately we had to postpone todays opening due to the ongoing situation that is affecting not only Newcastle, but the entire world at the moment. Rest assured, we will have an opening night and we will all get the share a beer together soon, but for the time being here is a little preview of the the artworks.

Music by my dear friend Foemen


5 April 5, 2020

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow Preview

By |2021-02-24T16:26:55+11:00April 5th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting, Video|

Here’s a little preview I shot in the studio of We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow.

5 April 5, 2020

In The Studio

By |2020-05-02T00:58:30+10:00April 5th, 2020|Art, Painting, Studio, Video|

I recently had a studio visit from a good friend of mine, Luke O’Donnell and he shot and edited this little clip. Song by another good friend Foemen

11 March 11, 2020

The Other Art Fair – Postponed

By |2020-12-11T18:10:26+11:00March 11th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

Unfortunately due to Covid, The Other Art Fair set to start on the 19th – 22nd March at the Cutaway at Barangaroo has been postponed. Organisers are hoping to move the fair to a later date this year.

5 February 5, 2020

The Other Art Fair

By |2021-02-24T16:28:44+11:00February 5th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

Excited to Announce I will be exhibiting at this years The other Art Fair in Sydney this March.

20 January 20, 2020

As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow

By |2021-02-24T16:30:47+11:00January 20th, 2020|Art, Exhibition, Painting|

I’m excited to announce I will be exhibiting in Newcastle at Blackstone Gallery this April

21 June 21, 2019

The Grey Race Commission Piece

By |2021-02-24T16:37:18+11:00June 21st, 2019|Art, Painting|

It was a great privilege to be asked to contribute to this years HMRI ball as the resident artist. It was a great experience. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the ball as I was on my honeymoon, however I saw photos and it looked like a great night. Congratulations to everyone involved.

The Grey Race, painted for the 2019 HMRI Ball as their Resident Artist – Auctioned off on the night raising over $7,000

11 June 11, 2019

2019 HMRI Resident Artist

By |2021-02-24T16:37:48+11:00June 11th, 2019|Art, Painting|

I had the great pleasure of being asked to be the 2019 HMRI Resident Artist, joining past artist that include James Drinkwater, Lottie Consalvo and Aaron Kinnane. I was able to meet with HMRI Researcher of the year Prof. Jennifer Martin to discuss the research and work that they are doing, and based on those discussions I was able to create an artwork that was presented to a large group at HMRI and then later, auctioned off as the main prize at this years ball in June.


7 April 7, 2019

Divergent Interpretations Exhibition

By |2021-02-24T16:40:53+11:00April 7th, 2019|Art, Painting|

“Kindred in their creative drive and thirst for expressing meaning through creative pursuits. Antithetical in their upbringings, despite the Novocastrian heritage they share.
Divergent Interpretations brings together Kristy Elley, and Justin Lees, emerging artists who will come together to explore, through the lens of their individual experiences, their evolving definitions of connection….”

A few images from my show with the amazing Kristy Holt at C Studio Gallery Newcastle. Unfortunately I was extremely unwell, but had an amazing night.

Thank you.

6 March 6, 2019

HunterHunter Interview

By |2021-02-24T16:41:49+11:00March 6th, 2019|Art, Exhibition, Media, Painting, Press, Studio|

It was great to have the ladies from HunterHunter drop by the studio and have a look at some of the work the will make up my joint exhibition with my friend Kristy.

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