Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Flying an Etching Press to Denmark

 The Danish artist Mikala Valeur bought the large antique press I had built, pictured here in my studio, and decided to fly it to her studio which is in a barge in a canal in Copenhagen. This is a story told in pictures..

                           Delivery to the freight people at Auckland airport last Monday morning early

                                              At the canal in Copenhagen three days later..

                            In Mikala's floating Copenhagen studio, assembled and ready to boogie..

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Table Top Etching Press For Sale: email enquiries to johnnymulvay@vodafone.co.nz

Very strong, 6.3 to 1 gearing, press bed 465 x 800 mm complete with felts, made from a hundred year old antique. Built to last life times. Already has lasted some lifetimes :-)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mural Gallery Artists at Work

A photo by the American artist Chelsea Haines who was staying at Art School Waihi for a week and captured me, Bronagh and Chiara at work on our respective murals..

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Mural Gallery

 The current project, could be a few weeks on this one. Eight or nine murals, five or six different artists..

Friday, 4 December 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bavarian Wwoofers

 I haven't done any drawing for ages but was asked to contribute to Benedikt and Camilla's Wwoofing book recording their travels around New Zealand

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Art of Music..

 One of my print-making friends, Margaret came by to pick up the press I had restored for her and brought her harp and treated us to some Celtic and Argentine harp music. Very nice. The harp resonates in the body and seems like an acoustic healing.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Art School Waihi Music

Margaret came to explore the print making facilities here at Art School Waihi and brought along one of her smaller harps. We didn't get much print making done but listened to some beautiful music while I drew Margaret's portrait. Also Margaret brought along her etching press which had spent years neglected in an exposed situation and needed restoration which is something that I enjoy doing. Art and Music. We are havng a good time...

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Johnny's Corporate Gig..

A most interesting job came my way; 23 Lawyers from a big Auckland firm are on a weekend bonding trip, staying at Waihi Beach, riding the bike trail through the Karangahake Gorge and would I organize an art class for them to give them some brain food? 
Of course I would. It's what I do when I'm not doing something else.. 
I hired the old Waikino Hall and set up a portrait drawing class for beginners and introduced them to the psychology of children's art, the mechanics of the smile, the organic origins of World War Two aviators sun glasses, the surprisingly exquisite beauty of the curve of a nostril or other facial features and all that basic art school stuff we all know and love. 
It was a lot of fun and I came away from it with a new respect for lawyers as people.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bang Bang America

Bang Bang America, Honorary Rector of the Serpent is a locally famous painting by my friend Barbi. 
In a manic state she tore it apart intending to do a Monet copy in the back and put it back in it's frame. 
I rescued it and restored it. Barbi is all artist and doesn't have the practical skills to frame art. I do. 
It is an angry painting and given the state of the US Government somewhat timeless I believe..
When Barbi exhibited it some years ago it won best of show and caused controversy, some saying that it 
was political and had no place as Art. I explained to some of our pissed off artist friends that it was not 
political but a painting of the artist's emotional state; anger at the US Government.
Eventually I shall put this large painting in the wagon and get it back to Barbi's place in Whangaparoa, 
meanwhile it joins my collection here at Art School Waihi

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A New Etching Press for Studio 19 in Kerikeri

What I have been busy doing for six months now is making etching presses, one a month as well as a mural in Christchurch which I flew down for and a drive down to Christchurch to check out a problem with one of my presses that took half an hour to fix but it was nice to catch up with three of my clients down there and then a drive up to Kerikeri in the far North to deliver this press, number 22

Monday, 18 May 2015

Franzi's Portrait

Franzi is a tall slender Tyrol girl from German speaking Northern Italy and was staying here at Art School Waihi and insisted on a portrait to take home with her. Couldn't say no...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Antique Etching Presses, enquiries; johnnymulvay@vodafone.co.nz

Kathryn's press on my kitchen table

 Kathryn's press in her Christchurch studio
After painting a commercial mural in Christchurch I started building two table top presses, one for a print maker in Christchurch and one for a print maker in Auckland. One is finished and the other waits while I get over this year's model of the flu which has knocked my energy levels for a six. On the mend now and life is beautiful again..

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Art School Waihi

The studio here has had a makeover and on Monday's two print-makers come over and one painter and we all do stuff and get things created..