Under New Management

Over the past 18 years as principal artist at The Sauce Studio I have achieved many goals and endured my fair share of challenges. I thank you all for your support throughout my career. The time has come to make some changes, this year I am looking forward to taking things a little slower and handing the reins and responsibility of the business to my offsider. It is with excitement I can announce that Mac has completed training and will be managing all aspects of operations this year. The position will allow him to apply his artistic skills and further develop customer relationships along with all of the stuff that happens behind the scenes such as administration, ordering materials, equipment maintenance, tour scheduling and design development. As pictured below, Mac’s enthusiasm to help with the day to day tasks has shown he is a more than competent to manage all aspects of being a public artist and has even painted a couple of houses under my guidance.

I will be around in a limited capacity during this handover period to ensure a smooth transition and will be making the most of studio based projects whilst Mac is onsite. I am not sure how he will go answering the phone and doing the accounting, he’s kind of a lazybones in the office but can shred documents like a pro. He loves a good bin dive and working on any job wheres theres a lunchroom… come to think of it there was also regular occurrence of disappearing sandwiches from the work ute. Although unlicensed he’s happy to drive anywhere (especially the beach) and has a tendency to be distracted balls, sticks and anything remotely edible. It is time to pass the baton to the next generation of artist, Mac will be catering for all of your mural and art requirements.

Sauce

Murwillumbah

It's been a while between blog posts and unfortunately our internet issues remain...How's your NBN? I responded to my telecommunications experiences with a solo exhibition The Dark Ages and am hoping to launch a new venture in carrier pigeons in the near future.

I've been busy in my studio and have completed a few mural commissions recently. The great team at Greenhills Lodge in Murwillumbah put my skills to good use with two murals for the residents. 

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Technology Issues

Please be advised we have been experiencing ongoing internet issues at The Sauce Studio which unfortunately will not be fixed by our service provider. We are currently exploring options such as carrier pigeons and the good old tin cans joined by a piece of string, please let us know if you wish to join the conversation. We are also pursuing our local Member of Parliament to assist in legislating the internet as an essential service in the meantime. We hope you stay with us during this difficult time as we are assured by the Minister for Communications that we will have some sort of reliable broadband by 2020. We will attempt to keep emails replied, social platforms and website updated as the limited service allows. Please contact us on 02 6672 1929 if you have trouble via other methods. 

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We're Moving

After much consideration and thought, Sauce and myself have decided to close the doors of the studio and begin a new chapter. Sauce will still be creating his amazing murals and painting up a storm, all over the countryside, however we cannot justify keeping the studio open. Since Sauce spends most of his time outside Murwillumbah and my study workload is ever increasing, we needed to make the practical and realistic decision to run the business from the mountains in the Tweed Valley rather than have a space open to the public. 

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Last year, Sauce travelled to Central Queensland three times, he visited the Sunny Coast, Coulstan Lakes and made countless trips to Brisbane. Not to mention the local work he managed to squeeze into his schedule. In other words, Sauce painted more murals than you had hot meals last year and it looks like this year will be just as busy, so the added pressure of keeping the studio open is something which is unfeasible. 

Still Lifeless

Our time in Murwillumbah has been a roller coaster of adventure. We’ve met some lovely locals, and we’re amazed by the support we’ve received from unlikely backers. After holding fourexhibitions and various other curated tidbits, we have by far, exceeded our own expectations for the studio and as creative practitioners, we are stronger for it. However, our time in Murwillumbah hasn’t always been the best of times. Watching the Tweed Regional Art Gallery shuttle all the official dignitaries and guests past our doors on big air-conditioned busses to the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre which we weren’t allowed to go to, was definitely a low point. As was spending days and weeks tied up in bureaucracy with the local council, only to not get a project off the ground. But that is all in the past, and we’re ready to make 2015 our own with new projects, new murals and more surprises.  Fortune favours the brave!

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So thanks once again for your unwavering support and well wishes. We wouldn’t be here without you. Whether you’ve commissioned a mural, bought a shirt, picked up a post card or just said hello, we’re grateful for the positive energy. If you’ve always been meaning to pop by the studio for a shirt or canvas, you’ve got until the 22nd of January.  So get in quick! And make sure you call first, as we’re in-between offices. 

Five Letters

Five Letters

Five Letters was a solo retrospective for aerosol artist, Sauce. Sauce started sketching and painting the back of factory walls in 1994 and his back catalogue is filled with images which represent graffiti lettering and hand-style tags. Five Letters was not about showcasing gentrified graffiti, rather it was a celebration of Sauce’s roots and the ‘good old days’ when painting was about riding the lines and using whatever paints you could get your hands on. 

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