Lecturer in Visual Communication and Art Education, University of Newcastle

Ari is a Visual Designer, Concept Artist/Illustrator, Art/Design Educator, High School Art teacher, Casual Academic based in Newcastle, Australia.

He teaches secondary Visual Art at Heritage College Lake Macquarie. His illustration work is mainly comprised of either traditional watercolour or digital illustration, as seen below. His research is practice-based at the University of Newcastle and looks at the development of a theoretical framework based on the combination of seminal concepts, habitus(Pierre Bourdieu) and tacit knowledge (Michael Polanyi), to interrogate and scope out the nature of style and design process within design practice. Ari is passionate about design and illustration, as well as the ability to think visually and creatively.

Research Supervisors:
A/Prof. Mark Roxburgh
Prof. Mario Minichiello

Ari is also a singer/songwriter and have released music under the banner of 'Threebirds Records', an independant label he manages with friend Joseph Cheek.


  • 2013–present
    Visual Arts Teacher, Heritage College Lake Macquarie
  • 2015–present
    Casual Academic, School of Design, Communication and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
  • 2017–present
    Research assistant, University of Newcastle
  • 2017–present
    Casual Academic, School of Creative Industries, University of Newcastle
  • 2017–present
    Casual Academic, School of Education, University of Newcastle


  • 2017 
    University of Newcastle, Doctorate of Philosophy(Design)
  • 2012 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Natural History Illustration(Honours)
  • 2012 
    Qantm College, Screen and Animation- Completed Courses
  • 2011 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Fine Art


  • 2016
    Breathing life into Character: conceptual tools for understanding the relationship between illustrator and character design, The International Journal of Arts Theory and History: Arts in Society Conference/ Common Ground Publishing

Professional Memberships

  • Visual Arts and Design Educators Association
  • Australasian Performing Right Association
  • NSW Institute of Teachers