recent projects:








spray paintings





works on paper


Sadie Chandler, The Weight of Images, 2019, ink on paper


Sadie Chandler

Sadie Chandler, Painting with Dora Maar, 2019


Sadie Chandler The Weight of Images

Sadie Chandler, The Weight of Images, detail, 2017, ink marker on paper,pasted to wall, 1700 x 400 cm


Sadie Chandler Arcade

Sadie Chandler, Arcade, 2017, ink marker on paper


Sadie Chandler Factory Wallpaper

Sadie Chandler, Factory Wallpaper, 2017, ink marker on paper


Sadie chandler Paperwork 3

Sadie Chandler, Paperwork #3, 2016, ink on paper, pasted to wall, 340 x 718 cm, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne


Sadie Chandler Paperwork

Sadie Chandler, Paperwork, 2015, ink on paper, pasted on wall,204 x 454 cm, Richmond Library


Sadie Chandler wallpaper art

Sadie Chandler, Portraits and Potions, 2010, ink on paper, paste


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The wallpaper works are collections of hundreds of original individual ink drawings pasted one on top of the other and covering entire wall surfaces from floor to ceiling and edge to edge. The drawings are done with felt tip pen or brush on paper in black ink and then cut out and pasted over the wall with wallpaper paste creating a seamless surface of images - portraits, landscapes, still lives, and other art historical references.

The wallpapers are a way of making a lot of images culminating in one very large work without taking up too much space and without a lot of material. The wallpaper works are temporary and after the exhibition they are destroyed, as the pasted drawings are peeled off the wall, it is a bit sad to see them go, but that’s what makes them spontaneous and exciting.

I think of this wallpaper as a storage system for all the art that I would like to make, or want to look at, or that has stuck in my mind. I always feel like there is never enough, and I have to make just a few more. It’s the drive that makes an artist keep on producing.

The latest wallpaper, compared to the earlier ones, has become more dense. The walls are getting bigger and the amount of material is more layered, also, the references are a bit more specific. Earlier wallpapers had more imaginary imagery, and the latest ones have more references to other artworks and studied images.

Recurring themes are art historical genres and the history of representation, as well as the way that we accumulate images, gestures and styles to tell our stories in a culture already saturated with images.

Things that I’m interested in looking at are paintings of all sorts, but mostly figurative, classical Greek sculptures, reclining nudes, images of women by Dianne Arbus and Cindy Sherman, De Chiricho, ships, Australiana of the 1800’s, Whistler’s mother, buildings etc. Studies of works by the old masters and contemporary artists are found among the doodles with recognisable references, from Renaissance art to abstract paintings, portraits, disasters from the newspaper and all the paintings that were once popular that now stack up under the stairs.

The really good reference images are easy to draw. My jotting is a test of sorts. If it translates well in a quick sketch, then I think that it has got more chance of being an image that stands the test. The quick ink drawings are each an examination of an idea, gesture or composition, intensely scrutinized if for only a minute or two.

Sadie Chandler 2016