Geelong Grammar School’s Visual Arts Department operates an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) programme, which provides our students with an insight into the working methods of professional practitioners. Three committed, practising artists are chosen annually to work within the AIR programme. The main aim of the programme is to increase the engagement of students and teachers in creative practice by giving them an opportunity to interact with and observe an artist at work.
During their residence the artists give talks on his/her specialist area and present workshops. Since their studio is set up within the Art School for the duration of their stay, the artist’s creative process can be witnessed first hand by both students and staff.
2022 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Deborah Klein was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1951 and grew up in the coastal suburb of St Kilda. In 1973 she moved to London, where she lived and worked until her return to Melbourne in 1980. Between 2011 – 2019 her practice was divided between Melbourne and Ballarat in south-western Victoria. She moved permanently to Ballarat in late 2019.
Deborah’s reputation was initially founded on her relief prints; however, her practice has expanded to encompass painting, drawing, archival pigment prints and book art. In 2009, Deborah founded Moth Woman Press, through which she publishes her zines and limited-edition books. The artist’s work is primarily concerned with the absence of women from history. Deborah’s current paintings and works on paper, collectively titled Backstories, are an extension and development of her most iconic images, the so-called Rear View Portraits (or, as she prefers, Non-portraits). Backstories is the introductory chapter to an ongoing project in which the artist reflects on a lifetime of visual
2022 Artist-in-Residence - Term 1
After finishing GGS, Julia Roche (He’03) studied at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree in 2008. In 2012, she also completed Master of Teaching – Arts (Secondary) at University of Western Sydney. Her practice has been inspired and informed by residencies on country such as the regenerative farm ‘Bibbaringa’ at Bowna, and time spent living in Africa (2004), as well as her travels throughout Asia. In her practice, Julia explores the emotive and sublime qualities of the environment. She focuses on her immediate surroundings situated in the ever-changing landscape.
2021 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Lily Mae Martin (b. 1983) is a visual artist born in Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Drawing. Lily Mae was awarded the Lionel Gell travelling scholarship and went to Berlin and Wales, where she spent a number of years refining her technical practice. Since returning to Australia, her work has been widely exhibited and highly commended in a number of prizes. Lily Mae’s distinctive style is influenced by the mark-making of etching and the layering techniques of master printers and painters, characterised by delicate and detailed cross-hatching with a fine pen.
2020 Artist-in-Residence - Term 1
Margaret McIntosh (b. 1987) holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Maud Glover Fleay award in the graduate exhibition. In 2016, she completed a Masters in Art Therapy at Latrobe, and has been a practicing artist presenting a number of solo and group exhibitions around the Melbourne region. Her paintings are inspired by the work of Scottish contemporary painter Peter Doig. Like him, Margaret explores landscapes and figurative elements of art. More specifically, Margaret is interested in the spaces occupied by people, particularly domestic spaces and the narrative “that occurs in them and how familiar elements such as windows and fences, for example, imply things outside of what the viewer sees.”
2019 Artist-in-Residence - Term 3
Working under the pseudonym Ghostpatrol, David Booth (b. 1981) first made a name for himself on the walls of Melbourne’s laneways. Working with ephemeral techniques, by 2007 he had built an international reputation and fanbase as a street artist. But David’s practice, grounded in a passion for drawing and sketching, has always been split between ephemeral works — street-based works, as well as temporary sculptural and installation works — and works on paper and linen. As a result, David sees his practice as floating between the worlds of fine art, commercial design, fan service, large mural painting and commercial collaboration.
2019 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Godwin Bradbeer (b.1950) received a Higher Diploma of Secondary Education and later a Bachelor of Education (Art/Craft) at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. In 1994 he completed a Master of Art at RMIT University. Apart from his practice, he lectured in drawing and painting at various institutions including the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. From 2005 until 2010 he was the Head of Drawing at the School of Art, RMIT University.
Godwin’s work focuses on physiognomy and reflects an enduring inquiry into depicting the human figure. He creates compelling figurative imagery that seeks to establish credible descriptions of human beauty, physical ordinariness and individual and collective tragedy.
2019 Artist-in-Residence - Term 1
Robert Lee Davis (b. 1962) studied studio and commercial art at Art Institute of Philadelphia and Eastern University. In 1995, he received Masters of Early Childhood Education at University of Colorado in Denver. His career commenced as an art educator in the USA. He then started his own practice, completing a number of residencies and teaching art in Egypt, China, the UK and Australia. As a painter, Robert creates cinematic paintings reminiscent of early colonial coastal cartographic surveys but with miniscule precision. Working across painting and collage he combines formal techniques with newsprint and images from journals and magazines.
2018 Artist-in-Residence - Term 3
Gus Leunig’s (b.1973) professional career as an artist launched in 2009 with a sell-out show at Art Sydney, followed by yearly successes in his solo exhibitions at Libby Edward’s Gallery in Melbourne, and a successful showing at the Design Files showcase. His seemingly simplistic figures exist in complex worlds and narratives where the whimsical stories that play out on canvas represent complex maps from the atlas of Gus’ imagination. The carefully crafted and resolved detail, create colourful journeys through a world of observation and playful insight which leaves the viewer with fulfilment and intrigue. A new day or mood from the eye of the beholder can allow different story lines to unfold.
2018 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Over the last few years Matthew Quick (b.1967) has either won, or been selected as a finalist for, more than 70 major national art awards, including the Sulman Art Prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, the Glover Prize, the Redland Art Award, the Paddington Art Prize, the City of Albany Art Prize, the Fisher’s Ghost Art prize, the Blake Prize Director’s Cut, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Townsville Open Art Award, the Duke Art Prize, the John Leslie Art prize, the Churchie and the Prometheus. He also writes fiction: his first novel was short-listed for the Vogel Literary Award. He has painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.
2018 Artist-in-Residence - Term 1
Arthur (Ted) Powell (b.1947) is a British-born contemporary landscape/cityscape artist, printmaker, urban sketcher and advertising art director living in Melbourne Australia. He studied fine art and advertising design at Ealing College of Art in London and had an international career as an advertising art director, winning many awards for his commercial work, before venturing into painting full time. Small-scale works in pencil, crayon, charcoal, watercolour and gouache paint on paper and in concertina sketchbooks pick out details of local interest at street level. Installation, portraiture and limited edition prints on paper using traditional printmaking techniques are included in his oeuvre.
2017 Artist-in-Residence - Term 3
Bern Emmerichs (b. 1961), a Melbourne-based artist best known for her ceramic works which depict scenes from Australia’s and, more precisely, Melbourne’s colonial past, stayed with us for nine days over a three-week period in August-September. During her residency, she was showing us her wonderful skills and provided us with an overview of her professional career and showed examples of her past and current work.
2017 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Painter and printmaker Nick Howson (b.1963) was born in the United Kingdom and arrived in Australia in 1969. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at Prahran College in 1986. Howson was a magazine illustrator for the Sunday Age between 1997 and 2001. Howson is a highly skilled painter, best known for his characteristic mosaic compositions. His unique technique of building softened layers of oil paint to form a patchwork of colours is vibrant and engaging, combining a naivety of style with sensitive attention to detail. Quintessentially Australian in feel, the artist renders cricket pitches, rooftops, freeways and houses in almost abstract, allegorical arrangements, evocative of ancient mosaics and magnificent medieval stained glass.
2016 Artist-in-Residence - Term 3
Juan Ford (b.1973) is an Australian contemporary artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings, as well as sculptures and installations. Experimenting with visual and spatial perception, the artist expands the boundary of painting as a medium and process, the inextricable relationship between humankind and nature, and his evolving self.
2016 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Yvette Coppersmith (b.1980) is an Australian painter specialising in portraiture and still life, and winner the 2018 Archibald Prize. She completed a degree in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Painting has long been Coppersmith’s medium of choice with an emphasis on portraiture through which the viewer is able to connect not only with the represented subject but also with the artist. Small details such as the shape and colour of hair, skin blemishes and the contours formed through a simple smile, are of great significance for Coppersmith in her work. These fragments combine to form a kind of knowledge concerning both the human condition and inter-subjective relationships.
2015 Artist-in-Residence - Term 3
Dean Bowen (b.1957) is an Australian artist working across a number of mediums including painting, sculpture and printmaking. He has held over ninety solo exhibitions in Australia, France, Japan, Switzerland and the UK and his work is represented in over seventy national and international collections. Dean is renowned for his life affirming artwork depicting vibrant birds and animals as well as urban and country scenes. His vision and diverse range of mediums, whether it be painting, sculpture or printmaking, come together to produce images that are joyous, lively and full of humour. Providing a contrast to the typical image of the Australian landscape, Bowen’s scenes of urban and rural life are often populated by whimsical and cheerful characters, living harmoniously within their constructed environments.
2015 Artist-in-Residence - Term 2
Jacqui Stockdale (b.1968) is a 1990 graduate from Victorian College of the Arts and a leading contemporary artist renowned for her magical and symbolic images that include theatrical photography, painting, drawing, collage and performance. Her practice engages cultural identity, folklore and the transformative nature of ritual in society. In 2016 Stockdale featured in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object, followed by a major survey exhibition, Familija at the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria. International exhibitions include Todays/Tomorrow, Cape Town, South Africa, Living Rooms, at the Louvre Museum, Paris; Alle Masquerade, Museum Villa Rot, Germany; Volta, Switzerland; and Wonderworks, Hong Kong. In 2012 Stockdale won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Work in permanent collections includes: the National Gallery of Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery, Albury Regional Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Watermill Foundation Collection, USA. Artist Profile Cover, Issue 17, 2011. An ABC TV documentary about her practice titled ‘Heart’, featuring her hand drawn animations, won Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival, 2008.