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.

OUR LATEST NEWS

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Castledine & Castledine shared Sculpture by the Sea's photo.1 week ago
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Castledine & Castledine2 weeks ago
Well that was an exciting weekend! Now back to work.#Mandorlaartaward
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Castledine & Castledine2 weeks ago
So Fine Art Friday got a little derailed this week with a surfeit of fine art and the distraction of a significant honour. It was such a busy week with three openings to attend on three consecutive days but I will concentrate on the biggest one as it did eclipse the others momentarily.

The Mandorla Art Award is described as Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize. It has been in existence since 1985, for a while annual and then settling comfortably into a biannual rhythm in later years. I have been aware of the award since its beginnings as my mother, a strong catholic and talented artist, entered several times. Over the years I have often read the theme and thought about entering but never had exactly the right inspiration until this year.
The thing about themed exhibitions is that it is not actually that hard to shoehorn your current creative ideas into a chosen theme but for me, this particular theme chimed with such a clear ringing note, harmonising so perfectly with the concepts I had been playing with that I could not ignore it.

And I was excited about the work. Combining new techniques and some hitting and missing trials and errors, which are the satisfyingly difficult part of being a maker, the piece began to take shape, filling me with a joyous kind of awe. Artists reading this will know that feeling, elusive and fleeting as it is, of producing something important and worthwhile.
But having said all that, I have made other pieces that gave me that feeling but that weren’t publicly acclaimed or financially rewarding in the way that God is in the House has been. And this is the important thing, the difference between winning and not winning (I definitely don't say winning and losing because you don't lose an art prize) is not always in the work. In my acceptance speech which was fairly incoherent but mercifully short, I did manage to quote Billy Joel “Its either sadness or euphoria”. The life of an artist can be, if you are not careful, a constant, nausea inducing roll through peaks and troughs and that is no way to live. So if I say you can’t take it personally when you don't win, then you definitely can’t take it personally when you do.

In the aftermath of big announcements of significant art prizes I have found there is no difference between celebration and consolation. Both involve a drink and a meal with close friends and family, love and support and laughter and a determination to get up in the morning and get back to work.

I would like to thank everyone involved with the 2018 Mandorla Art Awards, from committee, gallery and curator to sponsors and judges and most especially to all the artists, for their hard work, their kind words, their joy and generosity.

“And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev 21:1-2).
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Castledine & Castledine added 2 new photos — with Mikaela Castledine and 2 others.2 weeks ago
A couple of groovers at yesterday's exhibition opening at Gallery 152 in York.
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Castledine & Castledine3 weeks ago
"When I started to build this cathedral, the word on the street was that I was crazy."
Justo Gallego Martinez
(Installing this big mamma today for Mandorla Art Award !)
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Castledine & Castledine3 weeks ago
Very sad to hear that the legendary Melbourne paper merchant Gary Wilson has left us. I first met Gary in the 80's and have never met anyone as passionate about design - an absolute legend with a tie collection second to none!