All posts in Art etc.

  • Jesse Dolman

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    This is the first offering in a series of artist profiles that will be featured in the People section of Le Sunshine – it’s a closer look at Byron Bay’s most creative characters.

    Like most folks in Byron Jesse Dolman has a few jobs, but painting is his passion. It leaches across into his job as a chef – his flare can be found in every dish. I dropped into Jesse’s place one Sunday afternoon to get my surfboard painted, it had a blue spray but I’d been bored of it for some time, it was  in desperate need of some colour.

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  • Remember Splendour – 35mm

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    My digital SLR clicked and beeped and by the end of the Splendour in the Grass music festival I had a couple of thousand frames – in the end only 40 or so made the cut.

    All the while I had an old 35mm Japanese point-and-shoot in my pocket. It was easier to carry at night and sometimes a scene would present itself that was a little different, stark light or a heavy shadow.

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  • Splendour in the Grass

    Splendour 2013, Yew!!

    Getting there was half the fun. There was so much mud, but also green grass and trees and blue skies and sunshine. The line for the bus was epic but everybody was smiling and drinking cider and dressed super colorful. We did eventually get to see some music… it was excellent.

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  • Keith Haring at The Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

    Keith Haring (1958-1990), if you don’t recognize the name you will certainly recognize his style. The hard lines and primary colours of his paintings and murals are ubiquitous, they adorn t-shirts and lunch boxes and surf boards; Haring is an original and the breadth of his influence is staggering.

    In 2013 The Musee d’Art modern de la Ville de Paris devoted a large scale retrospective to this American artists with a clear emphasis on the profoundly political nature and voice of his work. This is one of the biggest Keith Haring exhibitions ever. While his imagery is stark, confronting and original it is these political motivations that make it engaging and that have ensured it is revered still today.

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  • Bowie, an obsession and the V&A London.


    David Bowie… he was born in 1947 and I was born many years later, well after he’d become a star, and I only begun to appreciate his radical style when I was in my 20’s. By this stage his most well known tunes were 40 years old and yet still they spoke to a youth, all youth, who yearn for salvation by an alien starman.

    “He’d like to come and meet us but he thought he’d blow our minds.”

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  • Brick Lane in Shoreditch near Spitalfields in London

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    Brick Lane is in Shoreditch in East London. It’s just one narrow street but I could have spent weeks walking from one end to the other. It’s renowned for its en-trend shops and bars as much as for its curry houses, it’s defined by this diversity.

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  • Le Sunshine in Sydney


    The end of December and the start of January is a great time to be in Sydney. The roads are quiet and the beaches relatively spacious. It seems everybody is travelling and by all reports plenty of them headed to Byron, I was happy to have avoided the mayhem.

    I did a few dawn sessions to Bondi and spent morning at coffee shops in Surry Hills. I had New Years day in the sunshine in Manly, with feet dangling over the edge of the wharf we all had big smiles. It was warm and calm and it seemed like no-one had a care in the world.

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  • Beach House in Bangalow

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    Beach House playing in Bangalow! At first I didn’t believe it, but there it was, Art park was selling tickets to a mini-festival with Jack Ladder, Sharon Van Etten, Bored Nothing and the sublime Beach House, they came all the way from Baltimore to grace our little stage.

    The night was hot, the girls wore loose dresses and flowers in their hair, the boys swilled sweaty beer and the lone security had a big, broad smile. Outside there were mellow groups sprinkled on the lawns and perched on gutters. There was a hum of banter as everyone laughed about the heat.

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