Archive for the ‘Creative Juices’ Category


October 4, 2010

There is something oddly compelling about Catholic iconography.

To me this is inspirational, but not in the religious sense…

I have to admit to a love/fascination of religious imagery, from the sculptures and paintings in the most beautiful cathedrals to things like my Frankin Mint Commemorative Jesus Plate and my Glow in the Dark Saviour figure.

This image I captured for it’s sheer beauty in St Stephens cathedral in Brisbane. Just wanted to share  🙂

After all, it couldn’t be HolyGreenCow without the Holy.


Trailer time…

September 17, 2010

Here’s what I guess you could call a trailer for my new series, which was going to be called  ‘austrALIENation’… but that title has already been used unfortunately for another exceedingly great photo series by John Ogden.

Nevermind. I will just have to think of something else.

There’s a few surprises coming up in this series and I’m looking forward to working with old and new friends to get my message across.

So for now…

Cataclysm.. redux and exhibiting in December 2010

September 3, 2010

Following some sage advice from the director of the QCP (Maurice Ortega) a decision was made to revamp the Cataclysm series into a new format which sees it as more of a collection of political commentaries on Australian society.

Thankfully the change has brought immediate rewards, with a number of images being selected to appear in the Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery this December. As part of the SNAP! photographic exhibition being held there December 3 – 24.

It should be a fantastic exhibition and a great chance to debut these new images. Check out the new stuff here.

Cataclysm will be added to on a monthly basis, or whenever I feel the need to say something. At this stage, only the three new images are up there so check back every now and again to see what’s new.

Get on down to the QCP too (cnr Cordelia and Russell sts South Brisbane) and support the best local talent in photographic art!!!

What’s in a name? Nothing…

August 23, 2010

And that’s all it is…  A NAME.

Just like BeastmanMambo, Kill Pixie, Pope Alice, Arleen Textaqueen, Bono Vox and many others before me, HolyGreenCow is a pseudonym that allows me to create freely as a serious artist.

Since I was 15 years old I have always been involved in bands. As a singer/songwriter, I did so under the creative umbrella of the band name… and believe me, some of them were pretty odd or just plain ridiculous. Even so,  the music wasn’t odd or ridiculous in any way and that’s the point really…  Names are just names.

So now that I have hung up the mike and ventured into the world of 2D creativity, I find myself once again baring my soul and doing so under the banner of assumed anonymity. HGC is the band name and the series I aim to produce are like albums… The individual works in each series become the songs. That’s how I have always looked at what I do. It gives me a sense of purpose and focus when I take on an idea.

My greatest love was the concept albums of my youth, whether it be Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall‘ Alice Cooper’s ‘Goes to Hell‘ and ‘Welcome to my Nightmare‘ or something a little closer to my ‘DaDa-like‘ heart like Frank Zappa’s ‘Joe’s Garage‘, the idea of releasing my work in series with a narrative is closely associated with the idea of the concept album and my exhibitions are my album launches. I guess you can’t take the muso out of the boy.

HolyGreenCow as a name, is not about the art or about me in particular. Its not a gimmick or a big pisstake either. It’s just three words that galvanise the thoughts and juices and allow me to produce work that is not tainted by self doubt or criticism. It allows me to find the voice inside and let it sing again.

It means nothing and it means everything. It does not seek to prejudice the work in advance but it can provide a form of preface when you approach the art work in general. It’s a brand. A moniker. It’s like naming a flavour. It’s both meaningful and redundant.

To be honest, there has been such a pleasant, passive, non-reaction to the name that it just felt right and there has never been a moment of doubt that I would work as HGC. It feels quite natural for me to work in this way.

Of course there are always going to be a few people that will snicker behind your back at anything that is a little different, but really, is life worth worrying about negativity in any form? No. Not at all.

There are other more practical reasons for adopting a pseudonym too. Obvious reasons like the fact there are at least two or three other photographic artists that share my name, one of them is even in Brisbane. I also enjoy the fact that a pseudonym also allows you to bury your ego, that is always a good thing to do. Plenty more should try it.

Or I could paraphrase my hero Damian Cowell (from the band TISM et al) and say that the answer that makes me sound good is that I am circumventing the cult of personality that is becoming inherent in the ‘art’ world…

In fact even the mention of Mr Cowell could unveil a further motive, in that I desire to assume the mantle vacated by the now defunct, but much loved and aforementioned TISM.

But really, who cares?? HGC is the vehicle that allows me to enjoy creating and exhibiting my artwork. So to the galleries and public that have embraced me as HolyGreenCow and looked past the name and to the actual work itself, I thank you and look forward to the future. I take my work very seriously and will always endeavour to push my own boundaries, I look forward to seeing you on the journey with me.

As Doris Day and Ned Flanders once sang… Que Sera Sera.


The Blood of Christ

August 7, 2010

By way of celebrating the awesome Toowoomba news, I cracked open a bottle of something that seemed appropriate… and quite special.

Grant Burge  ‘The Holy Trinity’ 2002

and I saw that it was good. Amen.

A sign…

July 15, 2010

Now I kid you not… this vision appeared to me tonight at the bottom of my wine glass…

It looks distinctly like an angel. or a holy man… or something cherubic.

Yes it does.

It does.

Divine Inspiration.

The spooky thing is that this vision appeared within minutes of me finding out I had been asked to exhibit at the Brisbane Square Library next year!!!  (thanks to JME for passing on that info, it made my day!!!)

Uncanny? Holy? Inebriated?


I want to believe that this is a message from Pope Alice… To go forth and multiply.

Yes, yes I will…. Thank you Jeebus. You are so cool.

Who else in history has turned water into wine?

It’s a sign… I think I now know what the next series will be about. Huzzah.

And now for something completely different…

July 9, 2010

Divine Inspiration...

Went wine shopping yesterday and could not go past these three. Two are from the SOME YOUNG PUNKS winemakers in South Australia and I was lucky to buy the last bottle of ‘The Squid’s Fist’ Sangiovese/Shiraz that was there.

I love their style and from the reviews I have read, I think I’ll love their wine even more. Holy Green Cow thoroughly recommends you check them out…

The other bottle is from R WINES and I’m assured this is a BIG Shiraz. ‘ a wine that will body slam your tongue’ – let’s hope.

Obviously these labels fit right into the Holy Green Cow ethos, so it is a pleasure to bring them to you via this blog. After all, 97% of all my inspiration comes after quite a few glasses of red, so it’s only fair to start giving back  🙂


New Photo – An Alternate Ending…

June 20, 2010

Yep. Just completed the final shot in the series Cataclysm… an alternate ending called The End is Nigh”

This shot was too cool to leave out so I have included it in the series proper. Hope you enjoy.

This wraps up the series nicely and Work can now begin on the next series…

The End is Nigh

Cataclysm… it’s here!!! (finally)

June 14, 2010

Just finished uploading the new miniseries… Cataclysm

Check it out HERE

Big thanks to Nadine, Adam, Casper and Jean-Maree for helping out with the series. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them…

Also thanks to the Internet. Where would we be without it?

I know… We’d be outside doing stuff. Not sitting around in our houses getting fatter and less sociable. We’d also type in English, not some lame hybrid language that seems to neglect the importance of vowels.

Because of the internet, you may never actually visit an art gallery, but you can still be an art critic. Sure, it’s great for downloading the latest release by the latest one hit wonder that is basking in their 15 minutes of fame… It’s not really stealing is it if the songs are so bad? No, paying $30 for a CD with only one decent song on it… THAT’S stealing.

No, the internet is wonderful. Really, it is.


June 1, 2010

While the Cataclysm series is only a few days from being nearly finished, there’s going to be a sneak preview of the BIG series for 2010 soon…

Still working on ideas and locations but I have one shot and it looks amazing.