We especially give heartfelt thanks to the Artists who have
shown with us - Nick Dryden, Yani Fill-Dryden, Jacqui Elley,
Ann Tucker, Chris Charteris, Michael Smither, Gian McGregor,
Llew Summers, David McCracken, Richard Mathieson, Terry
Stringer, Mary McIntyre, Greer Twiss, Kevin Ireland, Frank
Malerba, and to the Musicians who have played for us - Karen Heathcote, Sasha and Natarani
Ben Crawford & Chris Foreman, Ralph Moog with Mal Barnes,
Jennifer and Dylan.
Each artist gave of their personalities with their presence
and through their artwork thereby making every Show an
extraordinary event, and the musicians enhancing the creative
atmosphere of the Opening Day.
And of course, a special thanks goes to our friends and
families, and partners and friends of the artists who helped,
behind the scenes, to crank things up before the Opening and
to wind things down afterwards. We couldn't have done it
without their help.
So now, after living 42 years in New Zealand, Tom has returned
home to Australia, settling in coastal NSW, where he is about
to publish his sixth novel titled FENCES FENCE YOU IN. He is
also painting and sculpting for an exhibition at Melbourne's
Jackman Gallery in 2013.
If you would like to drop us a line to keep in touch, please
do so on: firstname.lastname@example.org It will be
great to hear from you.
Wishing you Seasons Greetings with good health and
prosperity for 2013.
Writing continues to be much of Tom's creative focus. Most of 2011
has been concentrated on finishing and editing The Orchardist for
publishing in November. A review and image can be seen on our Events page.
Birds Nest Studio starts 2012 with an exhibition of Tom's recent
landscapes; and as the year progresses, so shall The Red Shoe, a
murder mystery in two parts….something for readers to look out
Tom Mutch still continues to paint when the right image presents
In recently published - "Management Education for Global
Sustainability", Dr Ralph Bathhurst and Dr Margot Edwards of
Massey University, Auckland revolve their essay (Chapter 5) around
Tom's powerful painting The Carbon Footprint of War and the
Pollution of Religion 2007. These books are to be placed in
libraries and Business Academies throughout USA.
Click here to
download Chapter 5
DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABILITY CONSCIOUSNESS
THROUGH ENGAGEMENT WITH ART
by Ralph Bathurst and Margot Edwards
"This chapter adopts an artistic view of the issue of
sustainability. We identify war as the most significant global
barrier to sustainable development. We argue that art offers a
means of unmasking the underlying heroic myths of war, a necessary
antecedent to developing sustainable business practices. To do so
we begin by examining the current literature on sustainability and
adopt a critical position of the ideology that seeks a balance
between exploitation and preservation. In this light we discuss
the role of the artist as social commentator and explore the
aesthetic of dissonance using the metaphor of the catalytic jolt.
We then examine contemporary art, and in particular an analysis of
a work by Australasian artist Tom Mutch, the Carbon Footprint
and note how this kind of approach can be used as an educational
tool in the business studies classroom. Our discussion ends by
looking at how our relationship with the planet may be nurtured
and, the need to institute sustainable practices that ensure a
Born 1951 Sydney, Australia
Moved to NZ 1971
Studied/trained under M.D.Smither in his New Plymouth Studio
1973 - 80
Worked as Education Officer, Mural Supervisor, Govett Brewster
Art Gallery, 1980-1982
Worked as professional artist since
Received QEII art council grant 1984 for ‘Mt
Messenger-Meditation’ - Installation Performance work
Won TSB Art Award
Member of TACO (Taranaki Arts Co-op) 1982 – 1986
Founding member of Huatoki Art Gallery, artists co-op gallery
New Plymouth 1985
Has traveled to and exhibited in London 1980, New York 1985,
Australia 1977, 1983, 1988, 2001
Traveled Nepal India Thailand
Malaysia USA Canada Vietnam.
Now lives and works in Kuaotunu, Coromandel Peninsula (since
Nest Studio, a gallery/sculpture garden in Kuaotunu 1996.
Guest artist were, thereafter, invited to show in annual
Describes himself as a symbolist neo-realist and a colourist by
Produces paintings, silkscreen prints and sculptures (metal,
wood, stone, bronze)
Published Writer and