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Inside Their Studio – William Holt

William opted out of having a pristine attendance record in school, in favour of more creative and rebellious pursuits. At this point, as a very young man, William would paint camouflaged patterns on toy soldiers and army vehicles. This soon extended to a 14 year old William painting footballers taking spectacular marks – something he jokingly ponders ‘perhaps I should have stuck to that idea…’
When he left Australia in his 20’s and traveled throughout Europe he involved himself in music and spent some time experiencing what the world had to offer. It was during this time that he felt the pull back towards his earlier artistic endeavours – he found himself forgoing music and immersing himself in serious art, sketching and painting in a more traditional style than he had previously explored. Fascinated by the cobble stoned streets and and old world buildings, he fell in love with art again. This lead him to return back to Australia and take on a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University where he then went on to complete his Masters.

Final Break

The 6-7 years of university provided him with the chance to experiment with various forms including photography, sculpture and installation art. Towards the end of this academic marathon, while finishing writing his thesis, William notes that “the early forms of what would become my ‘fine art’ emerged as constant streams of ideas, material and the fascination with the challengers of painting began to surface”.
Alongside this academic pathway William was an Art Teacher at an independent gallery in Toorak. The owner used to offer his endless supply of old and disused house paints to William, and this was the catalyst for William’s painterly experimentation. The idea of recycled and unwanted paints appealed to him and he began working with these materials, manipulating them into large scale paintings. By trial and error, successes and failures, Holt slowly formed his unique method of mark-making.


William describes the act of creating as incredibly addictive and his sheer enjoyment and thrill of this form of art “conveys an endless internal landscape of the vitality of living and I always come away from my studio enriched and renewed”.
For 2016, William Holt has been invited to teach painting at a retreat on an Island in the Philippines. Apart from teaching, his aim this year is to push the boundaries and produce the most powerful and original paintings he can. We at online Tusk gallery can certainly express our excitement for the noticeable immersed growth which Holt has achieved.

Inside Their Studio – Paul Blewitt

Artist Paul Blewitt may be of English heritage but the weave of various cultures that have intertwined throughout his legacy have become a driving force during his practice. Having been inspired by cultures including Celtic, Maori, Indigenous and Aztec, it is these multicultural influences that have brought “different visions to my art” Blewitt explains.

first light 124 x 86 cm[3]

Drawing was a preferred choice of recording for Paul although this flat surface limited himself as an artist. It wasn’t until 2012, whilst managing an art store, that he realized this and began exploring other options. He started to experiment with acrylic paint, adding a new dimension to his work.
Nan's garden 63 x 87 cm[3]Working as a full time artist, he has now developed his painting technique on both canvas and linen. Whilst colour has added an extra depth within his works, Paul has become indebted to these materials as they have provided a 3D element which he would never have achieved through drawing alone. His technique of applying the painting thickly on the surface has brought him to a new chapter within his career.                                                                                               Now, He is exhibiting his art at various online art galleries in Australia, Paul is focused on displaying and producing new work for 2016. Paul Blewitt offers no specific direction behind the meaning within his works and prefers others to find their own interpretation. Although, what he does offer is his personal view that artists enhance others through thought, unlimited clarification and unrestricted analysis. To create your own interpretation and see the result of Paul Blewitt’s practice, Tusk Gallery currently have several works in stock in our South Yarra location for you to see.

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