Rooftops & Facades 2017

This series of paintings follow on from the sucess of my Peninsula Rooftops exhibition from 2016.
Some are local, some not, but they all have the same thing in common – they are mostly untouched by renovation and signage, retain their original character and are surprising little affected by the elements.

The rooftop and powerpole paintings started when I wanted to photograph the Balmain village but there were too many obstructions and clutter, so I looked up. Do you ever look up at the sky, see blue and feel a tremendous sense of space and freedom? What I find fascinating in looking up, is that there is a whole new visual panorama that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Powerpoles look messy and dinosaur-like with their unerving tangled-looking wires, as if they belong in another time. Yet they are surprising efficient. If you observe them, you will discover the individuality of power poles — no two are ever the same. Those tangles of wires and some knarled old wooden poles are a never diminishing source of inspiration. Of course the technology is rapidly changing and new poles are fitted with sophisticated solar powered data loggers that sit on the lines, reporting line faults and fluctuations etc. But the old timber poles are aging beautifully and will be here for quite a time yet. I hope.

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