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Art Objects By Master Glass Artist Mark Douglass

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Melbourne-based glass designer Mark Douglass is best known for his exquisite, sculptural handblown glass work spanning bespoke lighting, homewares and art pieces. After establishing his professional career in 1989 as a glass artist, sculptor and painter, Mark founded his own glass blowing studio in 2001, and has since become renowned for his boundary-pushing design work.

Today, Mark opens his first solo exhibition since 2012, Art Objects, a series at Graham Geddes Antiques in Armadale, presenting a series of new work that represents the various directions of his 30-year career.

28th November, 2019

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Sally Tabart
Thursday 28th November 2019

If you’ve been to the iconic St Kilda establishment The Stokehouse since its redevelopment in 2016, you’ll likely recall the undulating clusters of pink-hued cylindrical glass chandeliers, poised over diners in dense formations, so delicately suspended they make you hold your breath. That’s the kind of work Mark Douglass creates – truly innovative and exploratory, demonstrating masterful control of his medium. His personal work is extremely varied and imbued with creative spirit, and his most recent exhibition, Art Objects, a series, reflects different stages and styles of his three-decade-long practice. The exhibition takes place in the showroom of renowned antique dealer Graham Geddes, with Mark’s distinct, contemporary glass works nestled in amongst ornate antique collections. 

Art Objects, a series presents an exploration of Mark’s practice over time, allowing him to revisit and reappropriate techniques and themes that have defined his work over the last 30 years. Hand-painted vases sit alongside reflective metallic totemic sculptures and silver ‘morph’ objects, a collection of pieces designed to sit together in harmony before each goes its own way. 

Mark and Graham first met over 25 years ago through their then young sons, Gus and Hunter, who went to school together. The two share a mutual appreciation for each other’s areas of expertise, with Mark honing his appreciation for objects in different styles and periods from Graham’s extensive knowledge, while Graham has encouraged Mark’s art practice over the years, purchasing two pieces at his first exhibition of paintings and art vases at Mark’s first solo exhibition in 2002.

Art Objects, a series has brought together these two veterans of Melbourne’s art and design community, marrying contemporary art with historic antiquities, in one truly spectacular setting!

Email grahamgeddes@grahamgeddesantiques.com or phone 0395090308 to arrange a viewing of Art Objects, a series.

Art Objects, a series by Mark Douglass
November 28th – December 8th
Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm, by appointment
Graham Geddes Antiques
899 High St Armadale
Melbourne, Victoria

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