Posts Tagged ‘brisbane’

The Meme Theory at work in 2013

January 9, 2013



Following on from the article in the Sunday Mail a few weeks ago, it seems that HolyGreenCow has experienced yet another 15 minutes of fame!

A recent visitor to the Queensland Centre for Photography in South Brisbane happened upon the ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told 2‘ exhibition and passed it along to a prominent (and distinguished)  blogger in the USA. Many thanks for the kind words too!!

Check out the blog here


The self perpetuating nature of the internet and the irony that this work itself could become viral (kinda viral – 20,000 hits in 2 days) is quite amusing.

Even if the subsequent traffic crashed my site twice … The sales of the work have more than made up for it    🙂


Have a Happy 2013  Y’all.





End of Year Festivities and Frivolities…

November 14, 2012

Just in time for the end of the Mayan Calendar, the QLD Centre for Photography will be hosting the first public exhibition of ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told 2’.

This series was completed late last year and was written as a look at contemporary pop culture in the guise of a Hollywood Bible Epic.

It is a wonderful coincidence for me to be showing this series at this time and I hope you can all get a long to see the work in the flesh. (Try to make it before the 22nd of December, just in case my telling of the prophecy is wrong…)

Many thanks to all who contributed to this epic work and I look forward to seeing you there with Jean and Cordelia in tow.

For more information on the work, please visit




Opening Night at the QCP – August 2011

August 21, 2011

Pretty amazing exhibition to be a part of… The work of Alberto Sanchez has to be seen in the flesh!!

Unfortunately, as this was Cordelia’s first exhibition, we couldn’t stick around and I regret that I missed an opportunity to chat with fellow artists Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Samantha Everton.

Great to see Callum Ross’s show too. I felt pleased to be in such good company. ‘austrALIENation‘ was really well received and the QCP did an amazing job hanging the show.

It was easily our favourite show to see at the QCP and it was great to see so many people there. Cheers.


Just to prove we were there...

The girls and Casper... a family affair.

Prometheus Art Award

May 27, 2011

Kitty Revenge 2 Finalist in the Prometheus Art Award 2011


Well it wasn’t a win at the Awards, but it was a great night. Thanks to Clarissa Bones for coming along and getting me in the T2 lane 🙂

I have to admit… It was humbling to be chosen as a finalist. There was so much work I just loved!! 2 in particular that I would have bought on the spot, if I’d won the $15,000

The award was one by someone from Uni too. So I was one of two from QCA Photography. That was pretty cool too.

Luckily, the winning work contained NO ADVERBS…


‘Interrupting Suburbia’

May 6, 2011

Last night was the official opening for my first major solo and it was a great night.

Many thanks to Troy and Vicus @ C Gallery for making my work look amazing on the walls.

Thanks also to everyone that popped in over the course of the night, was good to see you all.

The show is open for another three weeks, so please head in to C Gallery and say hi to Troy and check out the show.

Exhibition Eve…

May 4, 2011

It’s the night before the big opening at C Gallery and it’s quite exciting. My first major solo in a fantastic new gallery.

Looking forward to seeing it all hung and meeting a lot of you there.



Opening night details…

April 20, 2011

For details check out the facebook invitation or visit C Gallery

Solo Exhibition Announced

March 8, 2011

My first major Solo show as an emerging artist has been announced for the 5th of May.

It will be held at C Gallery on James street from 6 – 8pm.

I am pleased to be able to present my last series ‘austrALIENation’ in it’s entirety for the first time. Along with work from Cataclysm and the highly successful ‘They Came’ series.

In all there will be roughly 30 works on display. Contact C Gallery for more information.




One year down

December 15, 2010

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post on here as HolyGreenCow.

And what a year it’s been…


* 5 Brilliant Exhibitions

* Finalist in 2 Art Prizes

* Finished 2 Great New Series – Cataclysm and austrALIENation

* Worked with one of my heroes – Luke Roberts

* Worked with another of my heroes – Clarissa Bones

* Graduated Uni – Bachelor of Photography

* 5 Images acquired by Public Galleries

* Now have 2 wonderful galleries to represent HGC – C Gallery and 19 Karen

* Drank a LOT of wine (and Coffee)

* Met some fantastic people on the way…


To everyone that has been positive, Thank you. Especially Jean-Maree, who has helped me work my way through all this with a minimum of bloodshed    :p

To the people that have been negative, Thank you too. You have helped me focus.

Ok, thanks for reading. It has been a remarkable year.

Much Love,



Oh and I got this photo from Renata Busiak, it’s from the Pine Rivers Regional Gallery’s ‘SNAP!’ exhibition which closes soon. I’m so pleased to be hung alongside Renata, she is awesome!!


Renata, me and our work at Pine Rivers Art Gallery

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.