The Ernest Brothers – Daydream at Studio Gallery Melbourne
Digby and Neil Tomkins are having a joint exhibition at The Studio Gallery in Cheltenham, Melbourne from 6th August to Sunday 22nd August. Ten of the large canvasses are collaborative landscape works, some painted in Jervis Bay and some on the subject of Sydney’s Luna Park. Other works will include recent individual works by Digby and Neil.
Digby has partnered with Nadia Odlum to produce a large ground mural at Olympic Park Station. Working along the idea of the ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board game it quickly developed into a broader wildlife theme where the players can spin a ‘Digby-dice’ on their phones and advance through the game by a series of ladders. The wildlife, including frogs, eels, snakes and lizards take the player backwards.
Digby was invited to collaborate with Georgia Norton Lodge (https://www.georgiadrawsahouse.com) and indigenous poet, songman and didgeridoo player Gumaroy Newman in an installation at Museum of Sydney which opened in December 2020 and will been installed until February 2021. It is open to the public to participate in the Mark making.
Double~entry in this year’s Archibald portrait prize
Digby and Neil painted portraits of each other for the Archibald Portrait Prize. They both painted in acrylics on canvases of the same size and decided to enter them as one entry. These photos taken on 14 August 2020 as they delivered to AGNSW.
Artist’s book commission for the artist’s archive at AGNSW
Digby was invited by Danielle Gullotta from the Art Gallery of NSW to submit work which has been done over the Coronavirus lockdown period. It will be the start of an ongoing archive documenting Digby’s art practise.He met and spoke to Steven Miller, the gallery archivist.
Digby partnered again with Neil Tomkins to paint a large mural on panels which will be installed as a billboard in Leichhardt. Based on a work in acrylics which was exhibited in Chatswood mid 2016 it is inspired by the corals and sealife on the Great Barrier Reef.
Digby and James Patterson reveal the long awaited commissioned work for Cushman & Wakefield Melbourne. Made up of six panels of Digby’s work, most of which were completed during his 10 day residency at Bundanon in 2018 ‘Bringing the laneways inside’ was a response to the laneways area of Melbourne’s CBD.