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Jul 10, 2013

Lifelines of the Art Gallery of Western Australia ...

Who would have thought that drawing my friends and people we met along the way whilst on holidays a few years back in Thailand, were in fact the beginnings of an incredible journey which along it's path, would lead me to this ...

During the course of the current Art Gallery of Western Australia's MoMA Series exhibition, Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond ... I am making a series of appearances as a CollaborART Partner, and drawing a collection of Lifelines Portraits of some of the individuals who cross my path in among these incredible Masterpieces.

Today I am making my third appearance .. but already the experience has been amazing having met and spent time with the first 12 characters whos portraits you can now see featured on the dedicated section on this website.

Be sure to also check out the dedicated blog where you will already find a couple of videos with some of the people I've met, their portraits as well as hear what they have to say about the experience.

There are no set times or dates for my appearances .. these like the Lifelines Portraits, will be spontaneous and serendipitous ... but I will be posting on Facebook and on Twitter on the days of my appearances so follow me if you'd like to stay in the loop ...

Hope you can join me some time over the coming months while I hang-out with Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), The Olive Trees, Saint Rémy, June-July 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 × 36" (72.6 × 91.4 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest.    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864- 1901), La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, 1891- 92, Oil on board, 31 1/4 × 23 1/4" (79.4 × 59 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy.    Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862- 1918), The Park, 1910 or earlier, Oil on canvas, 43 1/2 × 43 1/2" (110.4 × 110.4 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gertrud A. Mellon Fund.    Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906), Still Life with Ginger Jar, Sugar Bowl, and, Oranges, 1902-06, Oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 28 7/8" (60.6 x 73.3 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Lillie P. Bliss Collection

CommentsCategories Art Gallery of Western Australia Exhibition Invitation MoMA Series Portraits Serendipity Video

May 2, 2013

FEATURE STORY – Remembering Dr. Eloy Linares Málaga

In so many ways, what I love the most about the initial serendipitous moments of meeting someone, is having no real idea of who they are ... In that lack of insight, we get to see each and every character purely for whom they present in that short time we share.

Dr Eloy Linares Málaga was just a friendly elderly gentlemen in a Peruvian cafe when I first met him ... it wasn't until after I drew him that I found out he  ...   >>more>>

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Dec 2, 2012

Festival magic on Beaufort Street

What a rush!

This year's Beaufort St Festival was a massive event with over 100,000 people attending despite the rather roasty conditions.

Interestingly for me, the experience of being part of the Festival started not with the event on the day, but meeting the people who helped me create my space and those engaged in running the Event. 

Despite the pressures of the massive task undertaken, even at the eleventh hour, their faces beaming contagious smiles.

A huge thank you goes out to Lee at Discus who helped me with the printing of my display, as well as Brody MacLeod and Marissa Glas for their support helping me find a home for it on the day ... and of course my priceless setup helpers Angela Pownell and Jacky Coglan who's elbow grease meant that things went up, and came down without a hitch.

The Festival itself was all I could have hoped for making sure I was more then entertained ... with a spectrum of charismatic characters pausing in the chaos of the streets to share a little time, and entrust me with their Lifelines.

Check out the Lifelines Portraits and photos from the day.

CommentsCategories Beaufort Street Festival Exhibition Opening Night Serendipity

Jul 4, 2012

VIDEO : Amnesty International's 'At Arm's Length' event

What a great night !

There's something about being surrounded by energetic passionate individuals who get together for a worthy cause.

Here's a short video I threw together of some of the results from the Lifelines I drew for the Organic Gallery on the night ... and a couple of the reactions of their reveals.

See all the Lifeline portraits from the event with peoples messages responding to the evening's theme At Arms Length by clicking here.

A HUGE THANK YOU to eveyone who sat for me ... and an EVEN BIGGER THANKS to Vilva and Nick who let me film them for this!

Congratulations to Roxy, Lexy and Laura on organising these fantastic Artillery events, as well as all the Artists that put their creative expressions together to support them.

Let me know what you think of the video - hopefully the first of many to come!

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CommentsCategories Artillery - Amnesty International Exhibition Organic Gallery Serendipity Video Tags Artillery Amnesty International At Arms Length Video Portraits

Jan 28, 2012

Lazy surf'n sun inspiration

Perth is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave!

We've had a run of 40˚c+ temperatures, spectacular unforecast storms and humidity which saps the very life from you the minute you step out of your air-conditioned bubble.

You would think we were all permanently in nothing more than tiny bits of cloth covering barely the essentials with all this heat ... in actual fact, I find myself grateful for my cardigan most days when in the office - irrelevant what the season outside might be.

But yes, the bikini's get their fair share of time in the sun. We do love the outdoors here ... and where better to run to during a scorcher weekend than one of our gorgeous beaches - even if recent rumors would suggest they are shark-infested!

I threw the sketchbook into my beach-bag as I ran out the door this morning ... turned out the laziness of Cottesloe was just right to catch Jacky still for long enough to get the drawing and capture the mood of our summer beach sessions ...

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CommentsCategories Cottesloe Beach Serendipity Tags Cottesloe Beach Jacky Coglan heatwave summer Perth

Jul 26, 2011

Bogusia & Kazik Herudzinski

It's funny how the people closest to you are often the most difficult to draw ... it's harder to just see the form of what's in front of you ... familiarity means that what you 'think you know' tries sneaking in ...

The Herudzinski's are family friends whos paths have crossed ours many a time over the years - right across the globe.

I took a quick opportunity to draw Bogusia & Kazik a little while ago and have finally added them to the Perth gallery ... Im not sure they knew quite what they were signing up for sitting for me ... so here goes ... thank you and welcome :)

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CommentsCategories Portraits THOUGHTS + REFLECTIONS Serendipity Tags Bogusia Kazik Herudzinski

Apr 22, 2011

Vince Fantauzzo and a serendipitous exchange

Who would have thought the streets of Perth ... literally ... would have delivered a crossing of paths with Archibald winner Vince Fantauzzo. As it turns out, that is exactly what happen ...

... and it was fun to have Vince add to the growing collection of portraits in 'aneta by' ...

CommentsCategories Vince Fantauzzo Portraits Serendipity Tags Vince Fantauzzo Portrait Serendipity Archibald

Feb 20, 2011

'Lost in Bali' story by Kim Mcdonald, photos by Aneta Wnek in the 'Weekend West'

'Lost in Bali' story by Kim Mcdonald, photos by Aneta Wnek in the 'Weekend West'

19 February 2011
pages 47-51

Quite excited to have my photos feature in this Weekend West with the photo of Gede over half the page ... will be really interesting to hear the response from the article ... 

ps : thanks Kimmi for your support! 

See the photos and lifelines portraits from Bali.

CommentsCategories Bali IN THE NEWS Photography Portraits Serendipity Travel Tags Agenda News Feature Lost In Bali Article Mental Illness Stocks Kim Mcdonald Aneta Wnek Photography West Australian Newspaper

Nov 27, 2010

a Beaufort Street experience

A little nervous about the lack of time for my setup at the Beaufort Street Art Festival, but mostly excited ... I made my debut into the world of public art I guess. It was such a fantastic day.

An 8.30 start (with a little help from my friends Fi + Fleur), in the theme of the Laundromat across the road from my setup, I had my little bit of street decked out with clothes lines, pegs, socks + undies and a small selection of samples from the real Lifelines encounters ...It was only at about 2pm I realised I hadn’t even taken a sip of water since getting there ... adrenaline was keeping me buzzing ... and I couldn’t let go of the momentum till I finally started to feel dizzy ... and my lunch-break saviours arrived.

By around 7pm I completed 31 portraits ... and gained 6 masterpieces of me for my collection.

One of the portraits I did towards the end of the day, Lexy Scott, was to offer me my next appointment ... The opening of the Artillery Festival (Amnisty International) later in the week. 

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CommentsCategories Artillery - Amnesty International Beaufort Street Festival Exhibition Organic Gallery Portraits Serendipity