Almost March Already!

A quirky sculpture at the entrance of a private property on the way to the coast

A quirky sculpture at the entrance of a private property on the way to the coast

Where has the summer gone?  It has been an incredibly hot summer here with very little rain and quite a few bush fires - some of which were not far away from our property, so we have been on high alert at times.  I have had a break from painting due to christmas holidays and an injury in my left arm.  I have bursitis in my shoulder and tennis elbow both in my left arm and I am totally left handed and of course it is very painful to paint and  have to rest it.  Needless to say it has been very frustrating and I have tried all kinds of treatment but I think rest and gentle exercises are the best options.  It has improved a little and I can now paint about 30 minutes a day.  I have been working on a large 2m long painting which was commissioned from a client in  Europe - a family portrait and If I get permission I will post a series of photos of the process.

Wishing You a Very Happy Christmas & Link To Luxe Immo Magazine Monaco


I hope you and all your family have a lovely christmas with plenty of sunshine! I Just thought I would share this link to an editorial in Luxe Immo Magazine, fine arts and high end real estate on the French Riveria. The article about my work was published in 2012.  Luxe Immo


Howards Folly Wine

Howard`s Folly, Sonhador 2011

In 2008 my work was nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize for Asia, there is also a Sovereign Art Prize for Europe and now for Africa.  Out of 1100 entrants nominated, 30 finalists were selected and my painting "Dali Is Not So Crazy" was selected. Sothebys auctioned the paintings in Hong Kong and the money raised goes to a children's charity based in Asia.  The international business man behind the art prize Howard Bilton makes wine in Portugal and the painting of a finalist each year is selected to be the label of a particular vintage.  My painting was selected for this white wine "Sonhador 2011" Alvarinho which is sold in Europe - I believe you can also buy it in Australia but I am not sure where from.  It is a lovely lunch time white wine, dry with  a soft fruit finish.

Saatchi Gallery Online Feature

Diva Sings Karaoke

I have just been informed that the head curator has selected my work again to be featured on the Saatchi Gallery online homepage collection - great news.  Saatchi Gallery have been selling my work to art collectors in Europe.  Saatchi Gallery Online

Wedding In My Garden & Art Studio

The daughter of a very close friend of mine was married in our garden and and my art studio last saturday.  It was a perfect day and a beautiful wedding.  The food was fabulous and the 90 guests had a wonderful time - they even took their shoes off whilst having a glass of bubbly & canapés on the lawn after the ceremony. I had to clear out my art studio which was a bit of a job as you seem to collect so much "stuff" along the way, I am just getting back to normal now and gradually putting my studio back together!

Featured On Saatchi Gallery online, London

Illusion 1 x 1.2m

One of my paintings has been selected to feature in the current surrealism collection at the Saatchi Gallery online in London - here is the link.  Saatchi Gallery is very well known Art Gallery that curates  painting collections for art collectors all over the world. Saatchi Gallery Online

"Sand Dune" 30 x 40cm

Sand Dune

Have just completed this painting oil on board

Seascapes On Ebay

"  Beach 1   "30 x 40cm oil on board

"Beach 2" oil on board 30 x 40cm

As I am spending more time by the coast I am finding it very inspirational for painting and have started painting a few small seascapes which I am selling on ebay

"Beach 3" oil on board 30 x 40cm

Workshop with Colley Whisson

I recently did a landscape painting workshop with well know landscape painter Colley Whisson to refresh my skills and previous training.  I enjoyed the workshop and it was great to meet Colley - I have been doing a few small seascapes for my own enjoyment as I now spend a lot of time near the coast - I will post a few pics of these in a later post.

Art Gallery Of SA Night Of Fashion

The Elder Wing of the stunning Art Gallery Of South Australia was turning into a 60m catwalk on saturday 7th September for the Honda Night of Fashion.  My daughter Emily Wake (an international fashion model) was asked to participate - so the pics are a little biased!  Unfortunately I could not be there as I was in sydney for my art exhibition. This is the first time the art gallery and fashion have teamed up and the event was a huge success.  


Elder Fine Art Auction 22nd Sept

The Cast With Puppet   1.2m x 1m oil on linen

I have just been informed by Elder Fine Art Auctions that one of my paintings is coming up for auction in their next Australian Art Auction on the 22nd Sept. The painting is lot 126 +The Cast with Puppet"   Here is the link to the catalogue You are welcome to pass it on to anyone you think may be interested. 

CEO Whitehaven Coal Has A Chris Wake on His Wall

A friend sent me this link to the ABC Inside Business Interview with Alan Kohler & Paul Flynn to let me know one of my paintings are on the wall of Paul Flynn`s office - CEO of Whitehaven Coal

here is the link: ABC Inside Business 1/9/2013

Remembering The Past...

I have been doing a "Spring Clean" in the house and it is long overdue - found a cd with some pics of my twin daughters painting in the backyard 22 years ago...fond memories.

Here They are now in the current issue of Frankie Magazine below.

Opening Night Sydney Exhibition

Here are some pics from the opening night of my current exhibition at Gallery V

Win A Painting Valued At $3000

Acrobat With Violin

Acrobat With Violin

Painting Give-Away - Promotion For Sydney Exhibition

I am going to give away This painting valued at $3000, oil on linen 80 x 65cm "Acrobat With Violin". All you have to do is like & share my Art Gallery Page on Facebook and write a few lines why you like this painting.   The competition ends when I have reached 6000 likes & the winner will be notified by Facebook message. Good Luck!  My exhibition runs from 5th-30th September at Gallery V, 41 Riley St. Woolloomooloo 

Finishing Touches On My Exhibition

Adding the final touches to my last painting for "Same Unique Same" exhibition at Gallery V, Sydney 5th - 30th September 2013

Adding the final touches to my last painting for "Same Unique Same" exhibition at Gallery V, Sydney 5th - 30th September 2013

just putting the final touches on the paintings and will be packing up 18 paintings tomorrow and sending them off to Sydney - am really looking forward to it!  I will be giving a few talks at the gallery - one at a preview and the other on opening night.  I have added some notes to the painting titles so you can some idea of what the inspiration is behind each piece.  I set up my camera on the tripod and took this "selfie" pic and was horrified at my baggy jeans - will have to look at getting new work pants as I have worn holes in these anyway...Hope to catch you in Sydney town! 

Exhibition Sydney Invitation

I am very excited about my next exhibition which will be in Sydney 5th - 30th September 2013 & titled "Same. Unique. Same" and explores how we are all so different yet essentially the same.  The exhibition will be held at Gallery V, Woolloolmooloo, 41 Riley St. The opening is at 6-8pm on the 5th Sept and you are very welcome and if you have friends or family in Sydney that would like to come please pass on the invitation to them.

Gallery invite is attached


Dali`s Boat & Home on The Costa De Brava

Thought I would share some pics of Salvador Dalis boat in Spain - Dali has been very influential in my work. 

The Dali Museum in Spain

In 2011 I also went to the Dali museum - was disappointed that there were very few original paintings there - I think they they must be in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York. 

Monet`s Garden

In 2011 I was very fortunate to travel to France and visited Monet`s Garden, and as I have just been to the Monet exhibition in Melbourne I thought I would post up a few pics.