Allie Webb

John Karas



Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Melbourne and moved to Sydney about 10 years ago to open up our first bar Shady Pines Saloon in Darlinghurst with my now husband. I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I found it it a very free and natural thing to do. I studied Communication Design (graphic design) at RMIT when I left high school. Since then I’ve designed books for Penguin and created many hospitality identities, including all our own venues (Shady Pines, The Baxter Inn, Frankie’s Pizza, Restaurant Hubert and Alberto’s Lounge). I’ve also had two solo exhibitions and been part of many group shows.

Q. How do you describe your illustration?
What are the main inspirations for your work?

My work is predominantly based around the table, everyday scenes and objects. I find travelling overseas a great source of inspiration. I love so many artists and I feel I’m continually looking at De Chirico, Morandi and my big art books of the old frescoes in Italy. I make lots of linocut prints using only black. It’s exciting lifting the first proof off the plate. You’re never sure how it will look in the end.


Q. What do you think society will learn from this pandemic experience?

I have no idea what we’ll learn from this pandemic. I’m starting to go crazy in this house. I’ve learned to enjoy cooking again. I love bonappetit.com

Q. How has our prolonged isolation inspired you to find new avenues of creativity?

I’ve started oil painting seriously. I studied with the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy last year and have a couple of mentors that help each week. It’s one of the most frustrating activities ever. The more you know, the less you know. Maybe in 20 years I’ll have something to show for it. You can’t rush it.

Q. What are you working on next?

I’ve got an exhibition with China Heights in April next year showing charcoal, linocuts and etchings.


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