The Finkelstein Files: Wings of Desire

Artwork by: Thierry B Euphoria Series, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 183cm. Interior Styling by David Hicks

Artwork by: Thierry B Euphoria Series, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 152 x 152cm, Private residence, Toorak.


Euphoria paintings by Thierry B emphasise free, spontaneous, and personal emotional expression. They exercise a freedom of technique and execution to attain this goal, with a emphasis laid on the exploitation of the variable physical character of paint to evoke expressive qualities. Sensuous, dynamic and lyrical, they show similar emphasis on the unstudied and intuitive application of that paint in a form of psychic improvisation. Akin to the automatism, with the intent of expressing the force of the creative unconscious in art. They display the abandonment of conventionally structured composition built up out of discrete and segregable elements and their replacement with a single unified, undifferentiated field, network, or other image that exists in unstructured space. And finally, the paintings fill large canvases to give these aforementioned visual effects both monumentality and engrossing power.



Thierry B.’s Euphoria series is beautifully revealed in a David Hicks penthouse apartment in Melbourne, first image shown above. Australia’s leading premium interior design magazine, Belle Beautiful Australian Homes Volume II, showcases 40 abodes from Australia’s leading architects and interior designers.



Artwork by: Thierry B, La Vie En Rose, Euphoria series, 2018, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 152 x 122cm.

Thierry B. explains the art of zen; “My work is all about introducing the joy of colour into our lives, often seen here through cross-sections which challenge your spatial perception. The vibrancy of hue and curvilinear forms in repetition create a dynamic feast for the eye, where they are in constant motion. Energy maps a pathway for our eyes and hearts to meld.” – Abstract Expressionist painter, Thierry B.


Thierry B, in his Huntingdale studio, 2018.



Artwork by: Thierry B, Euphoria series, 2016, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 170 X 250cm, Private residence, Toorak.



Artwork by: Thierry B, Euphoria series, 2013, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 183cm.


Artwork by: Thierry B, Euphoria series, Azure, 2014, (det.), Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 183cm. Styling by Timoli Mustica.



Artwork by: Thierry B, Euphoria series, 2014, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 243.5cm.


Artwork by: Thierry B, Euphoria series, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 183cm. Interior by David Hicks, Private residence, Port Melbourne.


I am eternal optimist as is Thierry B. How many Abstract painters can confidently say, their oeuvre encompasses twenty-four (24) different styles available to his clientele?! So much of Thierry B’s art can be traced and talked about in terms of intention. The use of repetition in mark making, draws the viewer into the picture plane. It can be seen as metaphor for making his mark upon the world on a physical scale. Lyrical and delicate imagery, these fluid shapes transform spaces they inhabit. Hypnotic and healing, many of  Thierry B’s series have been widely collected and photographed in private collections across Australia and overseas.

The Thierry B Fine Art website offers a complete stockroom to view available works, interior pages with the paintings installed into their new homes for inspiration, in addition to a testimonial page which sounds positively smarmy – every word is true!!! We look forward to welcoming you into our bespoke gallery space, complete with oversize stockroom for your viewing pleasure.

The gallery is located @ 473 Malvern Rd, South Yarra. Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm or by appointment.


Vicki Finkelstein, Gallery Manager, Thierry B Fine Art.


The Finkelstein Files: Artist Craig Waddell

AUSiMED‘s major 2015 fundraiser has lasooed a slew of 25 of Australia’s most collectible artists for auction event like no other at Mossgreen in Melbourne on Monday 7th September. One prolific painter, has gifted a key work from his latest collection. Guest at Belle magazine’s artist dinner in Brisbane this month, Craig Waddell wooed invitees with his work and life as a painter.

His art is dangerously intrusive – it holds the kind of perfection, artistic gestures, and tactility that gets right in side your noggin, has a good feel around, and leaves without so much as a goodbye kiss. From birds, to flowers, to the most perfect strawberry glazed donut in the world, his art presents a world we know, in a dimension that’s far more intuitive.


“I have a love affair with paint and painting and this passion runs through all the various subject matters and forms I tackle. I love the physical act of almost wrestling with paint and canvas, applying paint in an explosive way. Maybe this stems from my sporting background: I played first grade cricket from a young age, and this physical performance on the field, mirrors the physicality I bring to my painting.”



Sensual and tactile, Craig Waddell’s work celebrates both the sublime and the imperfect. Laying down paint, wet into wet, observing while intuitive colour and gesture build and change, he destroys, renews and resurrects images from everyday life.

Watch Craig wax on about working life as a painter HERE.


A close attunement to the natural world began during childhood on his family farm. Whether painting a rooster as a riff on contemporary portraiture, or a protea as an evocation of love, he is confident journeying through colour choices, compositional risks, scraping back and starting fresh, ultimately building several layers of paint to finish the work. The results, he says, are the product of his fundamental interest in paint – through his immersion in the “field of activity” that is the canvas. Waddell’s earthy, emotional honesty provides a refreshing take on masculine use of paint without fear of beauty.




Pedigree: No stranger to world of awards and residencies, Waddell has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Hong Kong, Paris and Thailand. He completed his Masters degree at the Chiang Mai University, Thailand and his Bachelor degree at the National Art School, Sydney. Waddell has completed residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and is a previous recipient of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship, undertaking studies at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. In 2010 he was awarded the Mossman Prize and he has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, Wynne Prize, Blake Prize, Dobell Prize and Sulman Prize.

Craig is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery in Melbourne, click here to see his AUSiMED art work

august 2015