Mindful Painting

Still life painting, stories of personal belongings

2 hours Class size 4 to 6 label $60

Do you have an object that you just can’t part with?

It might be that thing sitting on the top shelf, the back of the cupboard, by the front door, or in a box under your bed. You may value this thing greatly. Or, perhaps you can’t stand to look at this item… but nor can you throw it out.

During this creative event, we will be considering the connection we have to different objects in our lives. Please come with one or two objects, that have personal significance to you. Together we will explore the connections we have to these items, and spend time in the experience of mindful painting, creating our own personal still life works.

This creative experience is suitable for all levels of painters.

Knowledge Required
No previous knowledge or training required
What to bring
All painting resource provided. Please Bring one or two small items (see above class description).
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


9 Maude Lane, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher

Visual Artists

5.0 (1)

Pitok (John) is a visual artist based in Sydney’s inner west. Having graduated from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA), he has worked as a visual designer and art director commercially for the last 15 years. More recently he has been creating personal painted works using the medium gouache.

Pitok’s lurid still life scenes bring together disparate ideas of personal culture and identity. Drawing from the traditions of Australian modernist painters and Japanese wood block prints, his works explore the notions of ones personal connection to time and place and how this can be both constructed and lost.

Pitok utilises still life scenes, as a means of enshrining personal objects of devotion, focusing on items that reluctantly cannot be disposed of. These objects become totems that tie us to a time and place. A memory, a person, an experience, a gesture, often something we cannot return to that has passed. These still life scenes represent the spaces we construct around us to reinforce a sense of identity and belonging.

In the last few years, having packed up two set’s of grandparents homes, pitok has been on a personal journey processing these individual’s lifetime of collected totems. What wisdom can be passed down or observed from these curated spaces. While the world moves at a fast consumer pace, why do we still long to collect items that have connection beyond the quick lifecycle of production and disposal.

Pitok’s also looks at the construct of personal identity. Having lived in Japan and then returning to Australia, his works explore the masculine identity. How is it defined and how can it be expressed. Looking at it this intersection of cultural definition provides both a sense of conflict and insight.

Verified reviews

Patricia Powell-Hughes • Oct 2018

John was delightful and inspiring. We had a brilliant time!
I would highly recommend this class.

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