Xmas, New Years and summer all seemed rolled into one on the grape ranch. A few BBQs, a few bottles of malbec wine, a few visitors, Mexican lucha libre masks, the unstoppable Senor Coyote, some dancing, special cocktails were slurped along with the usual mixture of order and chaos all combined to consume the festive season.
This summer we lost two dogs Negro and Raphael Ricardo. Our sweet black dog was poisoned for some mysterious reason and the randy Raphael probably lost his life chasing females on heat. Sadly no more bones or foot massages for Negro and no more friendly bitches or armadillo hunting for Raphael.
In early January I was in the studio working on a group of both large and small mixed media paintings. I have also been extremely busy fine-tuning my travel book, to be completed this June.
A number of shows are planned in Australia over 2012 so it will be another rather mad year I fear. Roughly my calendar goes like this -
CAIRNS. 25th MAY
Carolina and I jump across the Pacific Ocean to plant ourselves at the TANKS ART CENTRE. This project in Northern Queensland will see us working independently on painting and photographic work in the Cairns Botanical gardens. We shall also be exhibiting separate bodies of work at TANKS.
HOBART. 7th JUNE
AN AWFULLY BEAUTIFUL PLACE- The Antarctic Art of Stephen Eastaugh will open at CARNEGIE gallery in Hobart. This small retrospective curated by Fernando Do Campo puts together a selection of my Antarctic works created over the past ten years.
MELBOURNE. 30th JUNE
THE WEED GARDEN opens at BLOCK PROJECTS. A solo show and my first at this gallery in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE. 30TH JUNE
AN UNSTILL-LIFE My travailogue/travelogue book that has been bubbling for three decades was put together over the winter of 2009 at Mawson station. I will finally launch this geographically promiscuous full color book in Melbourne.
My studio in Broome WA beckons me and with luck I shall return there in late July. My last productive stint there was back in September 2010. “Time flies” they say and then I plan to fly to China.
BEIJING. CHINA. OCTOBER –NOVEMBER
Over the months of October and November 2012 I shall relocate to Beijing where I have been granted a 24 HR-ART studio. Generous funding from Asialink means I am able to get to District 798 and be there for eight weeks in Huantei Art City. Working on new art, researching forms of Chinese landscape and devouring plenty of dumplings will certainly keep me very busy.
Now where am I? Once again back in Argentina after a sorrowful trip to Australia.
Gordon John Eastaugh. 15/6/1927 – 17/1/2012