Working with Taste Creative on logo pitch for Special Olympics Australia

Henry Smith, creative director at Taste, saw an opportunity to create the first inclusive logo for Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
He recruited renowned Sydney-based artist and long-time Taste Creative affiliate, Digby Webster, to bring the logo to life. Known for his bold and colourful oil pastel and ink artwork, Digby is an artist with Down Syndrome and has had his work showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country.

Working closely with Henry, Webster painted his creative expression of South Australia, the recently announced host city for the games, in acrylic paint on canvas.

Says Webster: “I am very excited and very happy to do this. I have never done something like this before. It is big and amazing and I loved working with Henry at Taste.”logotype

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Eye flowers – latest exhibition

EYE FLOWERS is Digby’s current exhibition of work at Dougherty Community Centre in Chatswood. Twenty five framed oil pastels and three acrylic works on composition board (a selection of the underwater themed series he has been working on with mentor Eve Pitt.)

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‘Control freak’ bought by Phyllis Rowlinson

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Phyllis Rowlinson bought ‘Control Freak’. This work was one of four framed oil pastel drawings donated to RUCKUS fund raising in the foyer of PACT Theatre in Erskineville. This coincided with the RUCKUS performances of ‘Speed of Life’ directed by Alison Richardson and Dean Walsh.

Portrait of the artist by Alan Hondow

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Fellow artist and mentor Alan Hondow presented Digby with this beautiful portrait for his 29th birthday.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2015

Digby entered two works into this year’s Fisher’s Ghost Art Award in Campbelltown. The oil crayon work ‘Hot air balloon’ was entered in the Macability award and his acrylic on canvas called ‘Welcome to Australia’ was accepted into the Contemporary award.

 

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‘Amphitheatre’ in BiG-i exhibition book

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Digby’s ‘Amphitheatre’ painting from his residency at Bundanon makes it into the ‘Winning works’ section of the 2015 book which accompanies the travelling exhibition.

BiG-i-Art Project 2015

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‘Amphitheatre’, a small acrylic on canvas painted by Digby during his residency at Bundanon has been selected as a ‘Winning work’ by the judges of the BiG-i-Art project in Osaka, Japan. It will be part of a travelling exhibition throughout Japan and Hong Kong beginning in November this year. Go Digs!

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Alison Richardson thanks ICE

Alison Richardson and Digby present one of Digby’s works ‘The Wild Thing!’ to her lovely neighbours at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) for housing her for her last months at Parramatta. Gerard O’dwyer second from left.

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Alison and Digby at ICE

Get on Stage 2015

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Digby’s original painting ‘Easter Rabbit ‘ was live auctioned at this year’s Get on Stage Fundraiser at Riverside Parramatta. The winning bid was over $4,000!

Premiere of Heartbreak & Beauty – Chauvel Cinema

Digs with Gov EleanorGenDigsb:wGenevieve Clay-Smith and Eleanor Winkler hosted the premier of Bus Stop Films most recent film ‘Heartbreak & Beauty’ at the Chauvel Cinema at Paddington on the evening of 21st February. We also saw ‘The Interviewer’ screened again and a wonderful presentation of awards to all the participants from film festivals all over the world.