This year I won third prize in the Magpie Springs Photography Prize and was selected for the exhibition Light, presented by Atkins as part of the Shimmer Festival of Photography on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide. The first public exhibition of my work in this area extended from my photographs that are available commercially on Redbubble, Flickr and 500px.
In 2012 I published a small volume, The Path to Salt, a photographic essay on the Cheetham Salt Fields at Dry Creek, South Australia. I have since learned that this land is scheduled to disappear, to extend the existing wetlands around the districts of Salisbury, St Kilda and Torrens Island, and some of it will become a new housing estate.
I have been running my own small publishing company, Moon Arrow Press, since 2006. Since then I have developed my skills using InDesign and Photoshop; I not only wrote or edited several publications in my series Modern Art in South Australia but conceived an overall design and edited the volumes. Most have the books have had an overall design tweak by my talented and knowledgeable brother, Michal, who is a commercial designer, illustrator and comic book and who artist runs the SA Natureteers blog on WordPress (it deals with the biology of South Australian environments).
I had previous experience in publishing in the 1980s, when I ran my small press WAV Publications for several years. In those days everything was analogue, but now it’s digital, and I have in general made sure I have broad skills and a general grasp of what’s required to present work for press.
I have liaised with three offset/digital printers in recent years, who have done excellent work for me, and have ongoing correspondence with contacts about project proposals.
I also produced a number of catalogues and publications through a smaller printer for the Royal South Australian Society of Arts. One of the last projects I did for them was the catalogue for the exhibition Jeffrey Smart & his contemporaries, which coincided with the Jeffrey Smart exhibitions at Samstag Museum of Art (University of South Australia) and Carrick Hill.
I also produced Brian Claridge: Architect of Light & Space, a volume on the late South Australian architect, art administrator, writer, thespian and educator for the Architecture Museum at the University of South Australia in 2008 (no. 2 in their monograph series), in the process delivering a coherent brief to the student designers who were later awarded a national prize for their work.
Since then I have curated a joint exhibition of my later father’s and uncle’s paintings at Nexus Gallery, and produced volumes in my series of monographs on the printmaker Lidia Groblicka, for which I was liaising with the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and National Gallery of Australia (NGA), and Francis Roy Thompson, for which I liaised with the AGSA nd tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
I expanded the knowledge gained by using blurb.com for my little photographic essay when I finished a large biography on my late father, the artist Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz; and in 2014 I published softcover and hardcover versions of the monograph on the artist Francis Roy Thompson, as well as a hardcover edition of the book on Lidia Groblicka.
Blurb is very useful for producing either high-end volumes or small editions. They have a range of formats and recently have established a printery in Melbourne, which should eventually and hopefully make costs more viable, as otherwise published material has to be freighted from America and is subject to tax.
In recent years I have secured several freelance jobs for other publishers as editor (of fiction), design consultant and cover designer. Most recently I have worked as a tutor in art history at the South Australian School of Art, have marked postgraduate theses on art, and also on the collections at the Samstag Museum of Art and Flinders University Art Museum.
I know a number of design, illustration and photography professionals who have done excellent work for me. I would like to produce a book edition of my thesis, titled Raising Ghosts: Refugee and Migrant Artists and the Rise of Abstract Painting in Australia c.1948-68, and I have a number of other book projects underway.