Blog Dog – My SURREAL visit to the art gallery

Dear Diary,

Today I visited the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) at South Bank in Brisbane. It’s always on Mrs Ridings list of to-dos when she visits Brisbane. It was unreal, or should I say surreal. Check out the photos below and you’ll see what I mean.

This amazing crystal encrusted reindeer was created by the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa. I could see myself reflected in the crystal balls.

This was called In bed and was created by Ron Mueck. I had a strange feeling I was on the island of Lilliput and had discovered a friend of Gullivers.

This alien looking structure was by Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno and was called Biosphere cluster. It was a bit surreal walking among the huge suspended bubbles that had Tillandsia (air plants) living inside them. They were connected by elasticised nylon ropes to more bubbles on the floor that were half full of water. If you touched any of the ropes it caused the whole structure to move. Pretty cool!

I had fun watching Mrs Riding getting creative with Lego. There was a really long table with lots of amazing building all created from 400,000 white Lego blocks. The artist behind this idea was Olafur Eliasson who called it The cubic structural evolution project.

More of the crazy art that we saw.

I even got to hitch a ride on some horses.

Outside the gallery in the garden overlooking the Brisbane river we came across the strangest thing, an elephant standing on his head. The World Turns, was by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai. When I looked closer there was a small native water rat not far away. Maybe that’s what scared the elephant and made his world turn upside down.

Mrs Riding said if you want to have some fun creating your own surreal art you should look for this book in our library. It was published by the Queensland Art Gallery and she bought it here on one of her many visits.

It’s been a fun day! Til next time, BD.

Art Show Wrap

What an incredible art show! Congratulations must go to the Maitland Society of Artists who coordinate the event now in its fifth year and everyone who attended over the three days. A special thank you to the students and staff of Tenambit Public School who created the surreal art work that adorned our school hall and garden.  You made all it all worthwhile.








Surrealism, Dreams & the Imagination

Tenambit Public School is once again hosting an art show in conjunction with the Maitland Society of Artists over the weekend of the 18th, 19th and 20th of March. Each year students work to transform our hall according to the theme. This year we’ve had fun with Surrealism, Dreams & the Imagination. Over the last five weeks an enthusiastic and talented group of young artists have been working on a number of installations.  Without revealing too much here is a sneak peek of what’s in store.

Stage 3 students have been working on an installation that we’ve titled ‘Fractured Fantasy‘.


Stage 2 students have been inspired by Belgium artist Renee Magritte and we’ve titled our work, ‘Family of Man‘.


We look forward to sharing our finished pieces with you soon. Watch this space! Continue reading

New Discovery – Vladimir Kush

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I’ve been furthering my knowledge of surrealist artists this morning and came across the work of Russian born painter and sculptor, Vladimir Kush. Wow! I’d recommend you check out his incredible paintings, sculpture and exquisitely crafted jewelery on his website.
While you are there be sure to read his bio which demonstrates the importance of perseverance and following your dreams.

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“The wind is dying out. Steps of passersby are seldom heard in the silence of the night. The darkness thickens, and birds stop singing. The owl hour is knocking on my heart!”

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“Then to the moment could I say Linger you now, you are so fair!” – Goethe

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What do you think of Kush’s paintings? Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear what you think.