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Exhibition runs from 6pm, 3 April - 3pm, 16 April 2015

Ry Wilkin

~ One Day At A Time ~

In mid-January 2014 I set myself a goal to complete a drawing a day for 365 days. I wanted to set myself a target that would establish a routine and refine my drawing skills. As it happens it also coincided with a collarbone operation and the start of prescription medication and all the ups and downs that go with that.

In this exhibition I’ve highlighted some of the works (framed) that have resonated with me. As for everything else, I’ve tried my best to arrange the overall timeframe from January 2014 to January 2015 along the back wall from left to right. If I’ve done my part correctly you should be able to pick out when I am forced to draw left handed, when I start playing around with inks and brushes and when I bought a grey Copic marker and slowly killed it. A little fun fact is that 97% of all cardboard artworks were created in the down times between cooking food at my hospitality work (I was ticking two boxes on those days). My re-occurring themes are Mucha inspired figures (these childhood images have been etched onto my mind), faces (oh, so many faces), Ozcomics FB page entries, strange line doodles that start without purpose and sketches of my partner. Along the way I’ve tried emulating Schiele, my animating hero Peter Chung, illustrators Tomer Hanuka, James Jean and Jaw Cooper, comic artists Mike Mignola, Gabriel Ba, Dave McKean and Craig Thompson, as well as friends and local artists Jan Van Dijk, Jeremy Piert and Matthew Dunn. But my finger prints are always left behind, along with the biggest and best lesson: just do your thing, man.

I am really proud to be able to share one year of creativity and progression with you. Please enjoy the show and if it’s opening night have a wine for me.