17 Sutra Suite

17 Sutra speaks without words about the ‘painter mind’.
The Buddhist axiom – ‘The mind is a painter’ – is a universal characterisation of the mind. The axiom highlights that the human mind has an inner ‘eye’ and ‘voice’ that often reshapes and distorts the inputs of the primary senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. Consequently, the ‘inner eye’ is a kind of sixth sense that powerfully influences our understanding of the world around us.
Since undertaking mindfulness studies at the Chung Tian Buddhist temple, I have been exploring my ‘painter mind’ through my creative practice. The17Sutra suite is the product of these explorations.
The seventeen black canvases of the 17 Sutra begin as denial and negation of sensory gratification – an expression of annihilation. The ‘inner eye’ wants love and life – what Freud classified as libido and ego. Attachment is a white craving for gratification and survival. White is formed by the red, green, blue spectrum – only black is its opposite – and seventeen is a number that can only be divided by one. 17 Sutra is built on these things. Each painting in this suite is a reflection on libido and life as ‘giving attachment’.


1971 Certificate of Studio Ceramics, TAFE Cooparoo
1990 Diploma of Adult and Vocational, Griffith University
1998 Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), Queensland College of Art



2015 Away and Home – Works on Paper, Logan Art Gallery, Logan QLD
2014 Return to Earth, Whitebox Gallery, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus QLD
2012 Position and Place: Retracing Captain Patrick Logan, Logan Art Gallery, Logan QLD
2010 Finding Fire, Whitebox Gallery, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, QLD
2008 Homelands, Logan Art Gallery, Logan QLD
2006 Ecology of Place, Logan Art Gallery, Logan QLD
2001 Miniatures and Monsters, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane QLD
2000 Transmit Ways, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane QLD
1991 Individual Exchange, McWhirters Artspace, Brisbane QLD
1989 Deciphering as a subject of desire, Young Artists Gallery, MOCA, Brisbane QLD
1981 Zander’s Bond Gallery, Melbourne VIC
1979 Umberumberka Gallery, Armidale NSW
1979 Schonell Theatre, Universiity of Queensland, Brisbane QLD
1966 Roselands, Sydney NSW


2016 HAPPY Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2014 ART NOW, NG Gallery, Chippendale NSW
2012/3 Shared Vision, Poland and Brisbane
2012 Local Produce, Artzone, Upper Coomera, Gold Coast QLD
2011 Birds of a Feather Flock Together, Whitebox Gallery, Griffith Univesity, Gold Coast Campus QLD
2010 Timber, Logan Art Gallery, Logan QLD
2009 Logan Connections: Mapping the Arts and Heritage of the Region, Q150 Exhibition, Logan City Council, Logan QLD
2009 Three Viewpoints, Matther Flinders Bicentenart Gallery, Bribie Island QLD
2002 Renaissance, Queensland College of Art, South Bank Campus, Brisbane QLD
2001 Divergent Perspectives, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane QLD
2000 Square 2 Foot Show, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane QLD
1999 Divergent Perspectives: Designers as Exhibitionists, Metro Arts, Brisbane QLD
1994 Brisbane-Hanoi Exchange Exhibition, Vietnam (QCA Exchange Exhibition between Australia and Vietnam)
1991 If you can’t lick ’em….. Group Theme Show, McWhirters Artspace, Brisbane QLD
1988 100 x 100 Portfolio, Touring Exhibition – 100 Prints by 100 Artists, Print Council of Australia
1986 Eleventh Fremantle Print Prize Exhibition, Femantle WA
1985 Gold Coast City Art Prize Exhibition, Gold Coast QLD
1985 Tenth Fremantle Print Prize Exhibition, Fremantle WA
1982 Complementary Matches, Brisbane Community Arts Centre, Brisbane QLD
1981 Moreton Reflections, Crafts Council Gallery, Brisbane Community Arts Centre, Brisbane QLD
1980 Prints Workshop Exhibition, Queensland Film and Drama Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane QLD


2016 Finalist – Border Art Prize
2014 Finalist – Bay Of Fires Art Prize
2014 Finalist – Gold Coast Art Prize
2013 Finalist – Border Art Prize
2010 Finalist – CPM Exhibition
2010 Finalist – Border Art Prize

Commercial Artist, Watson Ferguson & Company (1965-71)
Packaging Design, A. Abrahams & Sons (1971-74)
Illustrator, University of Queensland (1974-5)
Senior Designer, Griffith University (1975-88)
Instructor, School of Design, Queensland College of Art (1988-1992)
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
– Associate Lecturer, Design (1992-3)
– Lecturer (1993-99)
– Senior Lecturer (1999-2014)
– Deputy Director Resources (1994-5)
– Design Convener (2000-5)
– Deputy Director Gold Coast (2004-10)
– Convener Bachelor of Visual Media and Honours programs; Adjunct Senior Lecturer (2014-)
Australian Graphic Design Association
– Queensland President, (2004-5)
– Director & Queensland Vice-President (2003 -2006)
Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia


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