An exhibition of New Paintings
October 20-26
You are invited join us for drinks on Saturday 22 October 4-6pm, and to see a new series
of my larger White Bay paintings. There are some views of the White Bay site before the hardhats
started cleaning things up, along with some more abstract paintings.
And some works will also be available as museum quality prints on canvas very soon.
Gallery 503 is a great new little exhibition space down near the entry to Callan Park.
This exhibition only runs for a week but is open every day, so come on in!

Gallery 503
503 Balmain Road Lilyfield (near Cecily Street & Callan Park traffic lights)
RSVP: please email me

 

 

 

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PLONK! is an eclectic mix of exceptional work by 33 local artists.
This group show is in a new Pop-Up space which was an old winery (hence the name),
so in keeping with the liquid theme, I’m showing two liquid-inspired paintings.
Come along if you can, it will be fun (and there’s music by the talented Amie Zar!)
Opening night:  Thursday 13 October 6-9pm
Exhibition 14-30 October : Pop In Space 72-74 Pyrmont Bridge Road Camperdown

"Darling & Phillip" oil on canvas. 31x31cm framed

I haven’t posted here for a while but I have been busy with some larger White Bay
Power Station paintings (more about those in a later post).
I’m currently working on a new series of slightly larger rooftop paintings as well.
These are all 30 x 30 cm and will be framed.
The tops of the lovely old buildings around Balmain & Rozelle are mostly intact
and untouched by renovation, so preserve the “quaintness” of the village.
We see them every day but we don’t really look at them.

It’s worth stopping and looking up. Better still, my new rooftop paintings will be
on show later in the year. Details will be posted soon.

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Recently I went to South Australia and visited the town of Burra
(a little north of the Clare Valley, about midway between Adelaide
and Broken Hill). Burra was the one of the world’s largest
copper mines and a major rail transport centre.
In 1877 the mine closed, the population shrank, and the area became wheat
and prime merino sheep country. And sadly the train no longer runs to Burra.
Today the town services the local farming & grazing community, and with its charming
blue stone architecture and mining heritage, is a popular tourist destination.
A warm hearted town with some lovely and interesting people and there’s some good
accommodation (we stayed at the railway station, a fabulous little B&B!),
a couple of great restaurants too.
But the main draw card for me is the abandoned buildings out of town.
To the north, it gets dry. In past times people have upped and just walked off the land.
Tough decisions in very hard times. The area is scattered with an abundance of ruined
buildings, and those colours of the country! A rich source of inspiration for
artists and photographers alike.

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I will be opening my studio this weekend as part
of the Leichhardt Open Studio Trail (LOST) – March 12-13
95 Beattie Street Balmain (opposite Oliver’s Café @ The Exchange Hotel)
LOST is an annual event held in conjunction with Art Month in March.
During this time artists studios in the local area open their doors to the public.
It’s a rear opportunity to see the spaces and chat with participating artists.
There is a free Heritage Bus service covering the trail too!
For more information and maps CLICK here

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Occasionally I’m asked if I will do a commissioned painting.
I have always said “no” because they make me nervous.
But the requests are becoming more frequent so I will do
a commission if I think I can create a good painting.
This is one of a number (many!) of studies for a view down Brent Street
in Rozelle, looking towards the city. You can see White Bay power station,
the Anzac (Glebe Island) Bridge and Centrepoint (Westfield) Tower
as a contrast in background to the quaint little cottages in Rozelle.

“The Yellow House” oil on canvas. 5x7 inches

A new collection of very small paintings are now
starting to appear in my display window and on this site.
There will be a few new ones each week (all going well!)

This is the little yellow terrace on Evans Street. I called it The Yellow House
but maybe it should be called “Burano in Balmain” because it reminds me
of the coloured houses in Italy.

“Waiting for Daybreak” oil on canvas.

Sold today. This is from the Small Rooftop series. A view of the city from Rozelle
with a yellow terrace sparkling in the sunshine.
Soon (over the next six months or so) my power station paintings will finish, as the changes
begin to take place at White Bay. I’m looking at having a public exhibition of some larger paintings
of White Bay as a final goodbye to the power station as it now stands.
Please contact me if you wish to be notified about the exhibition details.  Rooftops and power poles
will continue at the same sizes and same prices. I’ll have to find a new third subject as well.
Stay tuned…