Castledine & Castledine - where art and design meets

From our treetop studio in the Perth hills we offer a unique combination of graphic design and fine art skills which creates memorable results for all our clients.
Stephen Castledine started the business in 1994 with his partner Mikaela, an award-winning fine artist. The studio handles a wide range of projects for clients large and small.
We hope you enjoy our work as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

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Castledine & Castledine2 weeks ago
So excited to be a finalist in the Mandorla Art Award 2018 with my God Is In The House cathedral. Here is a detail showing one corner. Mandorla Art Award Awesome image by Richard Gale.
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Castledine & Castledine2 weeks ago
Some of my little miniatures have flown home today, just in time for Open Studio on Sunday. Don't forget to put a drive to the Hills on your itinerary for Sunday as there is absolutely nothing as beautiful as Kalamunda on a sunny Autumn day. Hope to see you all. Kalamunda Open Studios
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Castledine & Castledine added 2 new photos.2 weeks ago
Two for one deal! These two works are back to back in the same frame - affordable and available at Kalamunda Open Studios this Sunday!
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Castledine & Castledine added 3 new photos.3 weeks ago
Today we did a slingshot tour to the Collie Art Gallery, heading out after breakfast in a wide arc down Albany Highway as far as Williams and turning towards the coast, then using the orbit of the Collie Art Prize to swing us round and send us spinning back home via the SouthWest highway in time for tea.

We did try to make it a party but all our art buddies were busy (or not quite willing enough to spend 5 hours with us in the car) and so we went alone to look at art which had been pulled in from across the country by the gravity of a $50 000 prize.

The Collie Art Gallery is a lovely space in the middle of town, (next to the servo if you are wanting directions) manned by some friendly local art enthusiasts who gave a run down of the event and took our money for entry and catalogue. This in itself was interesting as many exhibitions and accompanying catalogues are free, but it is probably not overreaching with a ticket price of $5.00 and a catalogue price of $6.00.

Another over-friendly volunteer decided that we could do with some assistance in appreciating the exhibition and followed us in – talking all the while. This was extremely annoying and I was on the verge of asking him to please go away when the message sent by my monosyllabic answers and antagonistic body language eventually got through. Whether he thought that having paid to go in we might be expecting something more than some peace and quiet to look I am not sure and I guess some visitors may find his discussion, of which works he understood and which he didn't, useful.

Overall I have to say it was a good exhibition with some great work - but it wasn't a great exhibition with some outstanding work, which would have been better. The catalogue speaks of the theme of identity and explains that artists were asked to submit significant works. While some of the works did seem to be significant others were less so and I felt that I had seen more significant works from some of the artists in less significant exhibitions. There were also a couple of works that I felt were very lucky to have got into the show.

Buying a catalogue certainly turned out to be useful when several works pictured proved to be ineligible once they were received at the gallery, and one artist decided at a late stage to withdraw his work. That an artist would be unequal to the complexities of a tape measure or set of scales seems unlikely, so we have to imagine (with it happening twice) that there was some miscommunication happening. It would be disrespectful, to say the least, to the organisers of a prize of this magnitude to treat the terms and conditions as irrelevant or to refuse to send the work once it has been accepted and also disrespectful to fellow artists who may have missed a chance to be selected. But it was mostly just a shame to be tantalised with a photo but be unable to view what looked like interesting work. With the Prize gaining in stature and the organisers learning as they go in the coming years we hope this will cease to be an issue.

If you haven’t been to Collie then you won’t know what a pretty little place it is, sitting as it does in the spills and hollows of the hilltops east of Bunbury. Having enjoyed the exhibition and the gallery and found some lunch and a sward of shady green to eat it on, we drove home via the Coalfields Hwy which crests and then surfs its way down the leading edge of the scarp with the whole coastal plain rippling out below. It is a breathtaking drive and being early autumn, surrounded by the summer dun, sifting blues and pale creams of a Heysen painting, you do wonder why you haven’t visited more often and make a decision to put the Collie Art Gallery on your itinerary every time to head south out of Perth.
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Castledine & Castledine3 weeks ago
Nice little non-digital project for MLC - a set of cards showing various views of the beautiful campus.
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Castledine & Castledine4 weeks ago
In August I am curating an exhibition which is aimed at inspiring artists to repurpose found objects or old works that might otherwise be thrown out and turning them into new pieces of art. It is a show which will feature Mundaring Art Centre members so if you are feeling inspired then please head over to the website and join up before sending in your submission. I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. xm http://www.mundaringartscentre.com.au/membership/?mc_cid=08b36e9c8d&mc_eid=3db98fea73