On the Couch with Graham Blondel

Graham Blondel edWho is Graham Blondel?
He is a contented artist (is that unusual?) enjoying life and being involved in the arts.

What would you do differently to what you do now?   
Be a musician for which I have no talent.

Who inspires you and why?
Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys and of course Picasso to whom we owe everything.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Work harder at reducing worldwide poverty.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Paris and Ubud, Bali.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
White Rabbit Gallery for the best art in Sydney and Movida for art as food.

What are you currently reading?
David Sedaris, Lionel Shreever and Sebastian Faulks.

What are you currently listening to?
John Coltrane and Anthony and the Johnsons.

Happiness is?
Happiness is being able to love!

What does the future hold for you?
More happiness!

Graham Blondel has exhibited extensively in Australia as well as in New York and Columbus, Ohio, USA, Paris and China. He has been a Head Teacher at Sydney’s National Art School, as well as the inaugural Head of Design at St. George TAFE.

Awards include the English Speaking Union Travelling Scholarship to the UK, both the SMH Travelling Scholarship and the Heritage Prize for Painting, the initial Arthur Boyd residency in Tuscany, the AGNSW studio at the Cite International des Arts in Paris and two residencies in Beijing, to name a few.

He has been a stable artist in Sydney with Central St Gallery, Coventry Gallery, the Bridge St Gallery, Brenda May Contemporary, Flinders St Gallery (Melbourne) and of more recent times A-SPACE on Cleveland in Surry Hills, of which he was a co-director for 12 years.

Graham will present a three-part solo exhibition at 107 Projects in Redfern from 21 November. For more information, visit: www.107projects.org for details.

Image: Graham Blondel

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