January 28, 2015


Nike Tank, Valentino Jumpsuit from Elle
Balenciaga Shirt, Isabel Marant Shoes from Elle, Nike Skins & Socks
Maison Michel Headpiece, Givenchy Lace Pants from Elle, Nike Sweatbands & Briefs, American Apparel Bra
Bonds Bra & Briefs, Acne Top from Elle
Maison Michel Headpiece, Givenchy Lace Pants from Elle, Nike Sweatbands & Briefs, American Apparel Bra
 Maison Michel Headpiece from Elle, Nike Sweatbands
 Bonds Bra & Briefs, Acne Top from Elle
Givenchy Tee from Elle
Photographer: Cheyne Tillier-Daly
Stylist: Teagan Sewell
Model: Amy Finlayson @ Chic Models
Makeup/Hair: Tamzin Mulder @ Vivens Creative
Location: The Terrace Hotel, Western Australia

January 8, 2015


I recently customized a Kahlo dress for a fantastic event on Christmas Eve at Watsons Bay Hotel, along with fellow artists Byron Spencer, Ollie Henderson and Sarah Vosper. 
An homage to the late great Yves Klein, I printed my body on this chic Kahlo shirt dress, which was later auctioned off to charity.
Big thanks to Liddle Manics creative, Watsons Bay, Kahlo and Ciroc Vodka.

January 7, 2015



Before writing this article, I read a hilarious essay entitled ‘How to write about Contemporary Art’. It advised me, in a nutshell, to forget everything I knew about art writing and was the perfect precursor to this piece.

Why you may ask? Well, Chuck Close is why.

I am in no position to pen an article critiquing an art master. Chuck Close is revolutionary and I am dwarfed by his greatness. His pieces are epic tales into the lives and souls of his subjects. I could certainly write a long gushy piece about my admiration for the man, but I won’t, and I shan’t write a review either. I will, however, write about what he made me feel in the hope that you will go to the show and encounter the same emotional experience that I did.


Some quick facts about Chuck:
Chuck Close was born in 1940. He is American, is based in New York and has been painting his portraits since the late 1960s, shortly after a time in the art world when painting was considered ‘dead’. Sculpture ruled, yet instead of being disheartened, Close saw this as an opportunity to pick and chose conventions in portraiture, forging a new path for himself that would solidify his place in the upper echelon of art greats.

He is also disabled. In 1988 he had a spinal artery collapse and was paralyzed from the shoulders down, which left him in a wheel chair. Has it affected his work? Not really. He says that once he regained movement in both his arms, he was able to strap a brush to his wrist and his work came back to life. Chuck also has prosopagnosia, which renders him often unable to recognize faces, so his portraiture is created in order to “trigger his memory”.


Close can’t be pigeon holed. He says he is not a photorealist, yet his works could be living giants. He prints, he paints, he draws, he photographs and he even makes colossal works on jacquard tapestry (a serious overachiever).

For his ‘Heads’, as he prefers to call them, he works from small photographs, breaking the giant canvas up into a grid-like form, reminiscent of the process the early Egyptians used. Close says he can get overwhelmed by the size of the imagery (he is also dyslexic), and by breaking the work up into these cubic forms, he can paint in smaller sections, adding in specific colours and subsequent depths.

This colour play has been likened to a composer directing an orchestra. The colours are the instruments and Close is the composer. After years of making melodic paintings, Close has an innate knowledge of which colour combinations will produce the pitch perfect painting.


The last fun fact I have for you is that, when he was younger, Chuck wanted to be a magician, yet he would reveal all his illusions. Some say a magician should never real his tricks, yet I think this revolution has played a key part in his work today.
Now for the actual show… Imagine for a moment you are in a large room, surrounded by huge images of faces that know something that you do not. They are staring, smiling, watching and waiting for you to uncover their secret, yet for the life of you, you can’t catch on. There is something missing, so you go closer, just as his surname suggests, to try and unlock the message that this room full of strangers seems to hold. Then you realise, in that moment as you step back from the canvas, the message is never the same. Everyone has a different tale and the beauty of human experience is the key. It is etched in the wrinkles, the lines, the colours and the details of these people. The human condition is what Chuck paints and it is utterly sublime.


This show begs the question: how close are we? The snap of the photo and the digital and instant nature of documentation we use today is radically transformed by Close. His works go from a blur to a clear vision as you step back and assess them; as you truly look at them. We are all the same, at a molecular level – cells, patterns and energies. Yet at the same time, we are totally different, made up of a myriad of different colour combinations and Chuck is the magician that reveals them all.
Maybe we can all be in focus when we take the time for contemplation. 
#freedomofexpression #jesuischarlie


Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration is currently on display at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Sydney until 15 March 2015.
Words: Amy Finlayson




You’re bound to recognise this beauty and now we’re telling you to memorise her name. Amy Finlayson is one of our favourite local models and an incredible up-and-coming artist. As you can see from these images, she loves to manipulate works she’s been involved in – whether it’s a shot she’s modelled in, or art directed. She often gets her makeup done by Isa from Wild Life Beauty, and has facials too! Here we get to know the artist…

Name: Amy Finlayson (Instagram & Twitter). My website is: www.thefincollection.com, blog: www.by-fin.net, and scarves: www.fiinlayson.com (coming soon).

What do you do? Model/ Artist/ Gallerist/ Art writer at youonlyliveonce.com/, Blogger at by-fin.net/Creative Director at FIINLAYSON.

What’s your earliest memory of art? Finger painting in Kindy in a Navy blue smock.


Did you study art? Yes I just complete my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Visual Culture.

How long have you been creating for? I have been dabbling since high school, but have really upped my practice in the last two years.

What’s your favourite type of work to create? I like layering imagery. Building on photographs that I have either taken or been a part of creatively (modelling in or art directing). Acrylics, oils, inks, solid oil paint pens, oil pastels… Anything and everything to achieve a specific and desired vision.

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What’s your style like? I’m not really sure yet…. still working that one out. I have been exposed to a lot of different influences – both fashion and art related, so I am sorting through all this to find my style.


Who do you see from Wild Life? Isa!

Coffee order? Soy flat white, no sugar.

Three all time favourite movies? The Fall directed by Tarsem Singh, Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrman, and anything directed by Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino.


Three all time favourite songs? Killing me Softy by The Fugees, anything by Sade, This Year’s Love by David Gray. Having said that however, I am partial to hardcore hip hop – so I am a bit all over the shop.

Favourite label? Scanlan and Theodore. Always on point.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? India.

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Tell us about your beauty routine…
For day: Salicylic acid face wash by Peter Thomas Roth and Purity Organics day face cream mixed with an SPF 30.

At night: Sukin sensitive facewash, Cosmedix define resurfacing treatment and/or Tinderbox Night cream.

And makeup: A nice BB cream, Laura Mercier concealer, mascara and a 50’s eyeliner with a bit of a flick. Simple and easy.

All works available at www.thefincollection.com