Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein


"Opening my first Donald Duck comic book felt like seeing the daylight again for someone who had been trapped underground by a mine-disaster for many days. I squinted cautiously because my eyes hadn't gotten used to the dazzlingly bright sun of Duckburg yet, and I greedily sucked the fresh breeze into my dusty lungs that came drifting over from Uncle Scrooge's money bin.

I was back home again, in a decent world where one could get flattened by steam-rollers and perforated by bullets without serious harm. A world in which people still looked proper, with yellow beaks or black knobs instead of noses.
And it was here that I met the man who would forever change my life - Donald Duck."


"In retrospect I would say from Donald Duck I have learned more about life than from all the schools I ever attended."

www.helnwein.com



Michael Hutter

Michael Hutter


Michael Hutter was born into an inconsistent world after christmas in 1963, armed with brush and canvas to subtend at the age of 13, now living riverine with his wife and kids and demons somewhere in germany, cursed as a matter of course - and still painting.

Eye color: brown
Height: high
Weight: metal
Place of birth: riverine
Date of birth: thursday
Profession: painter, ballad-monger
Birthmark: several

www.octopusartis.com



Hazel Dooney

Hazel Dooney


"The last place any artist should occupy is the middle ground."
– Hazel Dooney

Since 2006, Dooney has emerged as one of the Asia-Pacific region's most controversial female artists. In December, 2007, she was the only female artist under 30 with works included in the prestigious auction, Modern and Contemporary Australian Art, held at Christie’s in London. In what was a record-setting sale for several major Australian artists, two modest early works by Dooney fetched over $AU23,000 each. The same month, Dooney was one of just two young artists included – along with actresses Toni Collette, Rose Byrne and Isla Fisher, industrial designer Marc Newson, and fashion models Gemma Ward and Catherine McNeil – in a Vogue Australia pictorial entitled Australia’s Most Wanted.

In 2008, her autobiographical installation, Sex Tourist, was the focus of a public uproar when the organizers of Art Melbourne ’07 tried to censor the sexually explicit images. Controversy also dogged her first exhibition of photography, titled PORNO, at Melbourne's MARS Gallery, the same year. It drew one of the largest crowds ever for an opening at a commercial gallery in Melbourne.

She withdrew from all gallery representation in 2006 to become the first high profile Australian artist to handle their own marketing and sales via the web and social media. She will undertake what she calls a "rock 'n' roll art tour" of several galleries in Australia's eastern states in late 2011.

Eye color: Indeterminate but unsettling
Height: Tall enough to intimidate
Weight: Light of body, heavy of heart
Place of Birth: Nowhere I've thought of as home
Profession: None. 'Artist' is a state of mind.
Birthmark: A dark stain on my soul.

www.hazeldooney.com
www.hazeldooney.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/dooneystudio
www.youtube.com/user/DooneyTV
www.facebook.com/hazel.dooney



Leith O'Malley

Leith O'Malley


Leith O’Malley was born into a traveling circus family who were, and still are drenched in music. He followed the line art route of illustrating for street press magazines, editorial cartooning, poster art and newspapers through to eventually wielding a paint brush and having his works in oil presented in Australian media, galleries and eventually around the world.

Now an exhibiting visual artist, he moves between collage and canvas, natural media and digital but always creating. Either art, or a nuisance of himself. Most times both.

Although he spent time in the dizzy metropolis world early on, these days he prefers the isolation and freedom of regional South Australia where he and his small dogs chase the local kangaroos.

When not painting and muttering to himself he loves nothing more than to sit in with local blues and jazz bands blowing amplified harmonica and saxophone.. and then getting the hell out of there.

Eye colour: I never look deeply into my own eyes although I did catch myself staring late last night.
Height: At the height of my powers.
Weight: I aint heavy, I’m your brother.
Place of Birth: It was dark, someone smacked me. I think it was a hospital.
Date of Birth: The same as Miles.. Birth of the Cool.
Profession: Crayola and Etch-a-Sketch Demonstrator.
Birthmark: Does ink stains on my fingers count?

www.leithomalley.com
www.leithomalley.blogspot.com



Richard T. Scott

Richard T. Scott


Richard was born, a simple country boy, in the best of all possible towns. Much to his chagrin, he was unable to mimic the refinements of their eloquent local accents. He was further incapable of mastering the best of all possible sports: a trying endeavor involving consumption of great quantities of cheap beer and hot-wings, while watching cars drive around in a circle.

So he began dithering in the sport of painting at a tender age. He soon learned of the best Artist of all, and was deeply humbled by his exquisite lighthouses and cottages. For, Richard’s goal to make the best paintings, in keeping with the perfection of his surroundings, became obviously futile. Instead, Richard endeavored to make the worst of all possible Art, in order to at least achieve a superlative expression in some way. This lead Richard to adventure outside the land of perfection: to Cuba, where he learned to salsa, and eventually to New York City, where he settled with his dear and undeserved wife Memoree, with nary a coin to their names, and having never so much as laid eyes upon a city of such grandeur. There he attended Art school, with the idea of learning the craft to pursue his challenging goal. It was indeed good fortune, for they taught him the arcane skills necessary, and the metaphysico-aesthetic philosophistry that he needed.

After being bandied about by the winds of misfortune, he stumbled upon some small degree of recognition. Though he has yet to make the worst of all possible paintings, he still strives towards this noble ideal and hopes to one day achieve it. “What is Man without his illusions?”

Eye color: I don’t know, I have a terrible fear of mirrors.
Height: Not quite so short as to justify my Napoleonic complex
Weight: Far too heavy in the soul, far too light in the brain
Place of Birth: Fried green tomatoes and a bottle of Boone’s Farm.
Date of Birth: Too late for gen-x, too early for the new Victorians
Profession: I cheat people.
Birthmark: Edison Chen, Chinese Infernal Affairs

www.richardtscottart.com




Philip Brooker

Philip Brooker


(a slight history) I was born and somewhat raised in England in (dare I say it) 1956. I attended Bradford Regional School of Art in 1973 at the very tender age of 16 (the youngest student ever to be accepted into the school I might add) and from there attended the Cardiff School of Art.
I gathered a Diploma in Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree...

With these degree's and a roll of 30 paintings, I headed to New York City , where I lived and exhibited my work till 1988.

I then headed south to a brightly lit studio in Miami (Key Biscayne) and continued painting and showing my work. I also worked as Art Director for The Miami Herald newspaper for way too long and finally broke loose.


I now live in Miami and Paris (not at the same time) and sometimes in-between. Im currently working on 2 large films as well as many many projects...

All this and more can be seen on www.philipbrooker.com
or for my illustration and design work www.anicecupoft.com