"Since Marios served me my first coffee in 1987, I liked the idea of a cafe with good art on the walls. A totally different experience to a gallery situation. It never occurred to me that maybe one day it would be my art up there.
"I have now had six summer shows at Marios and always look forward to the warm atmosphere of hanging the show after hours with the usual regulars and staff knocking off and winding down for the day. Still my favourite place to show after all these years."
Graham has shown his work at Marios on a regular basis since the very first exhibition held on the premises. He also showed on a regular basis at The Continental Cafe during the decade it operated in Prahran. As a result his work is held in numerous private collections.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have shown in both establishments. My work has been seen by many more people than would be the case if I’d shown it in a regular gallery. Plus the bonus has been my association with the Marios, which has been a great deal of fun and richly rewarding."
The two works shown here are 'Spiral' and installation view of 'Trussed', both held in private collections.
Jeff Raglus failed art in high school... and in so doing, unknowingly set forth on the path of the ‘outsider’ artist. Ragee left school early, bought an airbrush and spray-painted surfboards and started playing trumpet in the first of many bands. At the same time, he printed t-shirts and did posters until eventually joining the iconic Melbourne band ‘The Bachelors From Prague’. During his time with this band he further increased his artistic skills and became firmly embedded in the early Brunswick St scene.
"All my early exhibitions were in Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Marios was the first place I ever sold paintings to people I didn’t actually know as friends". A few years later, he joined the cult Sydney based graphics company ‘Mambo’ and stayed there for most of the nineties (when mambo was still cool), and further developed his ‘Surf-Folk-Pop’ style.
Jeff has had many sell out shows and exhibitions around Australia. He has written and illustrated several children’s book, of which 'Schnorky' is the most well known. Of late, Ragee has become more of a singer-songwriter, he still paints, has exhibitions, does the occasional poster, and plays the trumpet in several musical ensembles.
"Since Marios I have continued to foster my passion for the ocean, and channelled it through my photography to new and more abstract levels. Although my work is available online, it is also available through Swellarts in Anglesea and Upmarkets in Lorne.
"My work is being used for interior design in a range of apartments around Lorne, and being able to show the West Coast in ways that aren't seen by most people is very satisfying. Having people see it the way I see it is telling me to keep pushing. These current works epitomise the surfing lifestyle on the West Coast, and are multi layered in their complexity, as are the people who enjoy the ocean."
Kim Westcott responds to the abstract notations of the primal Australian landscape formed by environmental extremes and vulnerability in locations as diverse as the Central Desert, the Southern coastline and the Great Dividing Range.
She grinds, gouges and scratches into large-scale copper plates, pushing the boundaries of conventional print practice.
Her relationship with the landscape is innate and spiritual and is revealed in the uniqueness and beauty of her works which are held in major Australian and international collections.
Massimo Di Sora has worked as a waiter at Marios for the last 24 years. Over the years he has made many art works featuring Marios, using montage to give a mosaic effect to his photos.
"Many thanks for your support over a very long journey and giving me the opportunity to exhibit the 'Local Roots' for the very first time at Marios Cafe". Robert Hirschmann 2011
Abstract Intuitive Painter, who has lived in Fitzroy for the last 40 years. Rosemary started painting in 1986 in Sweden, and became a full time artist in 1996. She is a past member of Roar Studios, and is currently Vice-president of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria, a Committee member of the Women’s Art Register, & a member NAVA.
Rosemary has held 9 solo exhibitions, and participated in over 50 group exhibitions. She was Artist-in-Residence at the YWCA Melbourne for 4 years, and has been involved in numerous community art projects. Rosemary’s paintings are held in private collections in New York, UK, Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Australia. 36 of her paintings are held in the permanent collection of St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.