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Yarra House : Melbourne : Australia

Victoria (the state) is by far at the top of my list when it comes to Australian Architecture.

Yarra house celebrates modern Australian family life in its generosity of space, without ostentation, that is both practical and serviceable.   The palette is natural and subtle, respecting its materiality, with an emphasis on the handcrafted.

The focal point and central pivot of the house is a sculptural circular staircase.  This transitional element divides the entire double-storey space as it stretches out into a steeply sloping site.

Curved surfaces play against rigid lines in a style that the architects describe as ‘archaic’ – an effortless blend of both the primitive and artistic. Substance was the primary factor in the selection of timbers, stone and every other interior feature.

One seems to get lost in the beauty where the floors become walls; walls become ceilings; and ceilings open up to sky.

Light cascades down oak and white plastered surfaces. It washes over limestone and marble, illuminating art, furniture and every handcrafted and natural surface throughout the house.

Project : Yarra House

Architect : Leeton pionton Architects

In association with Susi Leeton Architects

Photography : Peter Bennetts

Painting : Song Ling and works can be found at Eva Breuer Art Dealer


Matthew Johnson : Artist

New Paintings  21 July – 9 August  2009 exhibtion at Tim Olsen Gallery, Paddington Sydney


Matthew Johnson‘s pigmented surfaces demonstrate a delight in the application and layering of paint.  His studio is full of precious pigments that recall the work of Japanese nihonga- style painters who are trained in traditional methods of mixing rare pigments.  Often made from natural materials such as shell, nihongo-style painters mix pigments that glisten with different textures Johnson uses the iridescent pigment iriodin which is made from sand to imbue the canvases with an effervescent glow.


5399 - Matthew Johnson



5401 - Matthew Johnson


In the series Ambrosial light, an intimate scale is enhanced by a tranquil palette. The fragility and delicacy of the fine grid is overlaid with pastel colours from sumptuous lilacs to misty blues. Like wafts of clouds, these smaller paintings seem hazy as colour is distilled into harmonious pools of light. Dissipating spheres suggest an experimental quality reinforced by the fact that Johnson sensitively observes shifting light sources throughout the day. The saturated and bleached light of Australian conditions imbues these works with a silken, atmospheric quality. Ultimately, Johnson inflects his abstraction with a reverie for texture and light. (via)Tim Olsen Gallery