Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: ART, Author, Elmore Leonard | Tags: Author, Elmore Leonard | Comments Off
American crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose novels about blokes, broads and blunt lines, inspiring Hollywood movies including the superlative 310 To Yuma, Out of Sight, Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, has died at his home aged 87.
A statement on the writers official website said Leonard passed away “at home surrounded by his loving family”. Leonard had suffered a stroke earlier this month. The genre master’s 45 gritty novels attracted a wide audience over more than five decades :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Michelle de Kretser | Tags: Best Fiction, Michelle de Kretser, Prime Ministers Literary Award, Questions of Travel | Comments Off
The winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced in Brisbane, with Michelle de Kretser taking the gong for best work of fiction. It’s Ms de Kretser’s second major gong for her novel Questions of Travel, after it won the Miles Franklin award earlier this year. The winners of the literary awards were chosen from a shortlist of 29 books spanning six categories :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Author, JK Rowling | Tags: Crime Novel, Debut Novel, JK Rowling, PD James, Robert Galbraith, Ruth Rendell, The Cuckoo's Calling | 2 Comments »
Überauthor JK Rowling has secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a crime novel that has been hailed as one of the best debut detective stories in years. Rowling wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the name Robert Galbraith and kept up the pretence that it was the work of a married father of two and former undercover investigator. Her cover was blown when the Sunday Times newspaper became suspicious that such an assured piece of writing could have been created by a first-time novelist :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Jeffrey Smart | Tags: Académie Montmartre, Australian Artist, Golden Mean, Jeffrey Smart, La Grande Chaumière | Comments Off
One of My favourite – and the world’s – Australian artists, Jeffrey Smart has died in Italy aged 91. The Adelaide-born artist, who was known for his precise, stark urban landscapes, trained in Australia and Europe and was living in Italy.
Smart was born and educated in Adelaide where he worked as an Art teacher. After departing for Europe in 1948 he studied in Paris at La Grande Chaumière, and later at the Académie Montmartre under Fernand Léger. Smart returned to Australia in 1951, living in Sydney, he began exhibiting frequently from 1957.
In 1963 Smart moved to Italy, in 1971 after a successful exhibition in London, bought “Posticcia Nuova” near Arezzo in Tuscany where he resided with his partner until his death.
Smart is known for finding the beauty in ordinary – very static – objects, and for his fearless colour palette. Smart is one of Australia’s best known artists with his almost iconic and unique imagery, he was heavily influenced by various artists and art forms :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 26th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Artist, Ben Frost | Tags: Ben Frost, New Artwork | Comments Off
As always, words evade me -happens often with Mr Frost’s work – His latest once again has me speechless, except to say, these pieces never last long, don’t procrastinate, buy the f_cking thing! :: Read the full article »»»»