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Pretending to walk the dog

Pretending to walk the dog

Date: 1991
Medium: Intaglio Etching and electric engraver
Plate size: 16 x 12cms
Edition: 12

 
Dreaming of the space station

Dreaming of Mir

Date: 2004
Medium: Hard-ground etching and relief colour
Plate size: 24 x 24cms
Edition: 25

   
I made this etching as part of a portfolio for a USA and Australian printmakers’ project. The Mir space station was at that time prominently featured in the media. Like his famous predecessor Laika, this dog may have dreams of travelling to the stars.
     
Dog walking through marks

Dog walking through marks

Date: 2000
Medium: Hard-ground etching
Plate size: 19.5 x 22.5cms
Edition: Artist Proof

 
Couldn't hit a bull in the bum with a handful of rice

Couldn't hit a bull in the bum with a handful of rice

Date: 2006
Medium: hard ground etching, aquatint, drypoint and roulette
Plate size: 13.6 x 22.5cms
Edition: 20

This etching was part mark experiment and part dog. It reminds me of some of David Hockney’s image/technique relationships as well as a humorous series Tony Coleing made with titles like, Man with a bad case of aquantintus and Sorry Mum spilt the aquatint.
 
My dad, who is a farmer, often uses this term as a way of describing how bad a person is at hitting the target they are aiming at.
     
Chip with two ducks in a box kite

Chip with two ducks in a box kite

Date: 1987
Medium: Soft-ground etching and engraving on found plate
Plate size: 42.5 x 23cms
Edition: 10

 
St Sabearstian

St Sabearstian

Date: 1995
Medium: Hard Ground etching and open bite
Plate size: 15 x 10.5cms
Edition: 10

My Uncle Chip, who later became an engineer, constructed different devices when he was young.The ducks were the first of his pets to have a spectacular view of Brisbane's eastern suburbs.
  Sometimes ideas come about from the strangest of places. After spelling St Sebastian incorrectly in a paper I was writing, I thought I should make the mistake the subject of this etching.
     
Washing the dog

Washing the dog

Date: 2008
Medium:hard ground etching, roulette and aquatint
Plate size: 17 x 12.5 cms
Edition:20

 
Dog fight

Dog fight

Date: 2006
Medium: Hard Ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 20 x 23 cms
Edition: Artist Proof

Most dogs don't enjoy being washed. As they are being soaped they usually show their displeasure by looking as miserable and dejected as they can.
 
I am not sure if this etching is successful or complete, but I like the looseness of the drawing and the way the dogs become a single unit as they fight.
     
Kicking the quokka

Kicking the quokka

Date: 2008
Medium: Hard-ground etching
Plate size: 22 x 26.5 cms
Edition: 20

 

  Hammer throwing the quoka

Hammer throwing the quokka

Date: 2008
Medium: Hard ground etching, spit bite and electric engraver
Plate size: 22 x 35.5 cms
Edition: 20

Recently the Rottnest Island Quokka was in the media because a politician had supposedly kicked one. After finding that this was an incorrect rumour, I learned that a football team had to its shame used one as a hammer-throwing exercise. I decided that both stories warranted etchings.
 

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