HARLEY AND HANDEN CUSTOM EMBROIDERY

Here's a few feature flicks of our Resident babe, Harley and Handen's finished piece. Throughout her time with The Culprit Club, Harley worked patiently in store, hand stitching and customising this denim jacket surrounding the theme of heart break. Check out the finished product!

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RESIDENT ARTIST #2: LUCINDA WOLBER

We couldn't have found a lovelier lady to take on The Culprit Club's second Residency placement. Lucinda Wolber will be creating a cheeky and cute illustrative/watercolour series titled 'Nude Life' throughout her time with us. As an artist we've watched progress through many local Brisbane art shows over the last few years, it's an honour to have this adorable creative utilising the space. Read more about her inspiration, style and thoughts on the local creative industry below.

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How would you describe your style in one sentence?

I like to make art that makes people smile.

Tell us about the body of work you’re creating throughout your Culprit Club residency?

I’m going to create a series called ‘Nude Life’ which will take a cheeky look at things people do in the nude, nothing too rude. I’ve never done any nudes so it should be fun! If I get that finished I’m going to start on a nature series exploring people spending time with nature, camping, walking, swimming etc.

What inspires your colour pallet and optimistic illustrations? They always seem so cheery.

I suppose my medium, watercolour, inspires my colour pallet, the way I use the colours they always turn out very translucent. I start off really light and build the colour up with more layers if I want it darker or brighter.

In regards to subject matter, I just like creating illustrations that make people chuckle. I get a lot of inspiration from my friends and husband. I hope by drawing fun stuff viewers might feel a connection to the work through memories from their own lives.

How long have you been illustrating?

At uni my major was printmaking, when I graduated in 2010 I didn’t have access to the studios anymore and it was had to continue with that practice. I started illustrating after that because it was easy to do at my little desk at home.

How/where did your interest in art begin?

I’ve always loved drawing and painting. When I was a kid we had a ‘feature wall’ next to the dining room table where my Dad would sick up all my creations, even if they weren’t very good. When I left high school I took a few years off to decide what I wanted to do with myself and I decided the only thing I really felt a passion for was art so I decided to do that at uni. Although I can appreciate conceptual and academic forms of art, in my own art practice I have always leaned towards the low brow side of things.  

Who're you favourite artists, and why?

There are so many! I love Femke Hiemstra, David Shrigley, Lili Piri, Kristen Liu Wong, Sean Morris, Stephen Bird, AJ Fosik, Jeremy Fish, Courtney Brims among many others. I like all these artists because they have amazing technical skill and use of colour and they are all interested in creating a sense of whimsy or humor in their artwork which inspires me in my own practice.

If we were to trawl through your backpack, what would we find?

Today my backpack has two magazines, a book, pens, a notebook, my computer, some lip balm, gum and my lunch.

Do you think Brisbane has enough initiatives to offer local artists?

In terms of opportunities for emerging artists who choose not to pursue a conceptual or academic based arts practice I don’t think there are enough affordable opportunities to exhibit in a real gallery environment. I suppose we will just have to keep making our own opportunities and supporting each other in the industry.  

What's the best and worst things about Brisbane's creative industries? 

In Brisbane we are lucky to have some amazing art institutions, university art galleries and commercial spaces to give us inspiration. The worst thing is the lack of gallery spaces that feature alternative forms of art and design. I think that illustration and ‘lowbrow’ forms of art have a lot to offer and this is not necessarily recognised or valued enough in Brisbane like it is in cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Where can people find more of your work?

I sell most of my work though Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. You can also find my work at The Happy Cabin in West End. Or if you’d like to chat about a commission you can contact me via my Facebook page ‘The Art of Lucinda Elisabeth Wolber’. 

RESIDENT ARTIST #1: BELLA REBOUL

Welcome to the mind of Bella Reboul - our first resident artist for 2017. Having only been illustrating using her signature stippling technique for 6 months, Bella's humble creative concepts express an air of quality and compassionate creativity well beyond her years. We're very excited to welcome her into The Culprit Club for our one month residency program to continue creating her latest body of work, Exodus.

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How would you describe your style in one sentence?
I would describe my style as stippling or dot-work based illustration. 

Tell us about the body of work you’re creating throughout your Culprit Club residency?
During my time at The Culprit Club I will be creating a body of work called Exodus which portrays extinct or critically endangered animals. Exodus mainly consists of portraits of these animals based on natural history drawings and aims to bring to light the mass biodiversity loss that we have been experiencing in recent times. I do not try and place blame for these extinctions in my work, by rather try to encourage my viewers to understand the significance of the loss of these creatures. 

What inspired you to make this your creative focus?
My focus on animals is born of my innate curiosity regarding the natural world. It is mainly as a result of my zoology studies that Exodus came about, as I think understanding an animal's adaptations such as behaviour and physiology makes it that much more enticing to draw. Australian creatures are particularly interesting to me purely from a scientific and evolutionary perspective as the isolation of Australia from other land masses resulted in a number of unique species lineages that will become totally extinct if not protected. 

How long have you been illustrating?
I have been illustrating using stippling for about 6 months. 

How/where did your interest in art begin?
I have always been interested in art and cannot remember an age where I was not drawing or painting to some extent, but it wasn't until about year 10 that I realised how important art was to me. I was fortunate to have incredible art teachers in high school who took a very contemporary approach to art education and that opened my eyes to modern art. 

Who're you favourite artists, and why?
I have always been fascinated by the works of Patricia Piccinini, despite working more as a sculptural artist. Her grotesque, organic forms have always intrigued me and I love the interactions she creates between the children and creatures in her work. It is from her that I have learnt that I do not necessarily have to accuse or blame my audience for anything but can rather present them with material and an issue (for me mass extinction, for her usually genetic modification) and let them form their own opinion on the subject. More pertinent to my body of work are the works of Walton Ford, which I find to be an almost paradoxical mix between natural history illustrations and surrealism. 

If we were to trawl through your backpack, what would we find?
My backpack always contains a sketchbook and pencil case, both things I can never go without! I don't like clutter, so I usually only really have necessities like my purse, sunglasses and earphones, but often I keep leftover brochures from galleries I've visited and unnecessarily old receipts.

Do you think Brisbane has enough initiatives to offer local artists?
I think Brisbane has some wonderful initiatives for local artists but they can be very difficult to find. When I was 15 I painted a traffic signal box in the Valley/Newstead through a Brisbane City Council art initiative called Artforce which is still in place today. Visible Ink is also an amazing space in the Valley provided by the Council for artists to use for free to rehearse or create. I entered the art scene through a collective called Primary Arcade and later TBC. My only 'criticism' is that unless you know the right people I think these events and groups can often be difficult to find. 

Where can people find more of your work?
On instagram @bellareboul

If you're interested in applying for an artist residency for 2017, click here for application information.