I was invited to take part in a PopUp Exhibition at Orange.
The exhibition (was very big!) was organised and presented by Paper Pear
at the Corner Store Gallery, Orange in July.

The Corner Store was once a real corner store but is now a very popular art gallery.
This was a huge exhibition with over 150 works of art on show over ten days.

Shadow Dancing #1 and #2
🔴  Both paintings sold at the exhibition. A big thank you Steph and Pear in Orange!

 

June has been an exciting (and busy) time for me!

FIRST… I have achieved Fellow status of the Australian Society of Marine Artists!

It’s an honour and a privilege to be included in this select group of the very best marine artists in the country!
It’s really very humbling to know that the Fellows voted for me to join the fold. This is a lovely birthday present indeed!
Suzy King FASMA⚓️

SECOND… an invitation for an artists’ residency at the New England Art Gallery & Museum in Armidale!

I am so excited to do this. It will be my very first residency, and even more special is that I was invited (I didn’t apply).
I will be away exploring the New England in late July and the work created will result in a solo show at NERAM in late September.
Details to follow…!

AND… almost all my paintings have 🔴  Sold Out at the Moree Gallery!

I’m very lucky to have such a great relationship with the Moree Gallery (they have supported me for quite a few years now).
If you are heading up that way on a road trip, it’s a “must do” to drop into the Gallery and spend some time in this friendly Art Deco town.
There will be a new collection of my paintings in the Gallery in October/November, so keep and eye out!
More amazing news to follow soonish… I hope! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset on Beattie Street 42 x 42cm
Dick’s Hotel at Dusk 42 x 42cm

I was invited to take part in a small group show at the Weswal Gallery, Tamworth in March.
It’s a lovely gallery set high at the end of Brisbane Street (and with a great cafe!). Kate, the owner, was very generous to show me around and chat about the broad range of her artists and our group show which was called “Streets of My Town”. In my case that’s actually “suburb” but that was ok.

The interesting thing in a show – to me anyway – is how different artists approach the same subject. I love that.
🔴  Both paintings sold in the exhibition. A big thank you Weswal Gallery!

 

I’m happy to be invited to participate in the Toowoomba Art Show again this year.
The physical show is over now but the exhibition continues online until 15 April.
One sold! One to go.

Cockatoo Island (pictured top) – oil on wood panel 13 x 23cm (15 x 25cm white oak framed)

This is looking at Cockatoo Island in Sydney harbour from Birchgrove. The Island has a long
and complex history – serving as a meeting place for the Traditional owners and Custodians
of the region before colonisation, it later became a convict gaol, a naval dockyard, a school
for girls and a reformatory. It’s strong evidence of a heavy industrial past remain intact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My little painting Birchgrove 1 has been selected as a finalist
in the Waverley Woollahra 9×5 Landscape Prize!

It’s the first time I have entered this so it’s very exciting!
The judges, artists Susan Baird and Paul McCarthy, spent many hours choosing 101 finalists
from over 600 entries.
“This year’s 9×5 entries were a wonderful collective of varied and interesting works. We would like to congratulate everybody for submitting works, making it a very rewarding task deciding on the final exhibition. There were many stand out pieces amongst those submitted and the overall standard was quite high. Deciding on the finalists was a very big task and as judges we were looking for design, composition, and execution.”
Robert Enemark, Curator WWAS 9×5 Landscape Prize

Waverley Woollahra 9×5 Landscape Prize
For sales enquiries call (02) 9387 2461 or email info@wwas.org.au

 

I’m thrilled that this painting was awarded a Highly Commended in the
Australian Society of Marine Artists Silver Anniversary National Exhibition!

This is extra special, as the Judge was renowned marine artist Ian Hansen.

The painting shows a pocket of Sydney Harbour that was once part of the busy industrial waterfront,
then, later, became home to the Sydney Heritage Fleet (where a collection of beautiful vessels
of historical significance underwent years of meticulous restoration and rejuvination), and a quiet spot
for the rowers. The whole area is now undergoing seriously major changes – it will never have
his sense of tranquility and history again.

 

White Bay, As You Were
oil on canvas, 61 x 153cm (sold)
Reproduction are available (editions limited to 10)

The exhibition is online in 3D and continues until 30 November.
➡️ Enter the exhibition here

A few years ago I was commissioned to paint some various views of Balmain looking out at water.
The first painting here was part of a series of nine such views. I always liked this beautiful old timber boat,
but knew nothing about it at the time. Later, I painted a larger variation focusing more on the boat,
and entered it in the Mission to Seafarers art exhibition in Melbourne.
Now… I’m thrilled to say… my painting of the Tribal Warrior (entitled The Last Lugger)
has been selected for the First International Marine Art Exhibition!

Hosted by the American Society of Marine Artists, this specialised exhibition features 150 works by the world’s
leading marine artists. Yes! I’m so excited to be included in the exhibition, and alongside some international
artists whose work I have respected and admired for years. I’m pleased that this work is part of the Australian
contingent because Tribal Warrior has a long history, from the harsh pearling industry of yesterday to
the important work of today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Tribal Warrior

Pearling luggers of the 1800s were wooden gaff-rigged ketches with low waists working Australia’s
northern seas.Their graceful lines were a magnificent sight as the fleets entered the open sea under sail.

The Last Lugger (Tribal Warrior) was built as the Mina in 1899, when the Australian pearling industry
was at its peak.By 1914 Broome was supplying 80% of the world’s finest pearl shell.
There were over 400 luggers and 3,500 people in the industry, and pearl shell was £400 per tonne
(that’s about $A48,420 today).

Diving brought rewards but was fiercely perilous with no safety standards or regard for divers,
thousands of lives and ships were lost. Divers faced cyclones, sharks, crocodile attacks, disease and
the bends – for the precious pearl shell. Crews were predominantly Aboriginal skin divers, with up to
57 divers per boat. The conditions were harsh and cramped with no facilities, safety standards
or regard for divers. Thousands of lives and ships were lost in those years.

During WW2, many boats were requisitioned by the Australian Navy or various uses, then, as the industry
was declining, many boats were refitted for prawning and other commercial fishing activities. Cultured pearling
was finally introduced in the 1970’s.

Today only 14 boats remain.
Tribal Warrior is the oldest lugger still afloat. Repurposed as a maritime training and mentoring vessel for young Indigenous sailors, and for traditional cultural day cruises, you could say she has turned full-circle.
Today she resides in the calm waters of Blackwattle Bay in Sydney Harbour. Tribal Warrior website

 

This was the first time I participated in the Grammar Art Show at Toowoomba. I thought the Balmain Art Show
was big, but this one was huge! I couldn’t be there but the online videos showed a big range of high quality
work from over 290 artists Australia wide. It would have been a mammoth curating and hanging job
so hats off to the team putting it together – it looked amazing! And I’m very pleased to be included in this show.

 

Down at Dawnies
oil on canvas 2021. 76 x76cm
Peeking around the side of the old dressing sheds at Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool.
All is quiet and still as the day comes to an end. The boats are safe on their moorings and everyone
has gone home, but this is a most beautiful serene time of the day.

 

This painting is now sold but I have another one,
Still Water – available online:

Toowoomba Pop Up Gallery – until MAY 2
GrammarARTshow.com for the details.

 

DAWN FRASER POOL HISTORY:     The baths were originally built in 1882, then enlarged in 1924, also known as Elkington Park Baths,
Balmain Baths and Whitehorse Point Baths – it was open to men during daylight hours and at limited times for women!
The Balmain Swimming Club was founded in 1884 shortly after the baths were opened.
Times changed and in 1964 the pool was renamed in honour of local swimming legend, Dawn Fraser.
Olympic Swimming Champion at three consecutive Olympic Games, Dawn Fraser learnt to swim at the baths from age 8.
Historically significant (Heritage listed in 2000), it’s an excellent example of pool architecture no longer practiced.
A landmark set in an attractive harbourside location, this recreational and social facility is strongly associated
with prominent swimming identities and world champions. Retaining its old school characteristics, the pool is
surrounded by a timber deck used for access, watching swimming races and sunbaking and at low tides there is a small
sandy beach alongside the entrance.

I’m very excited that my work Rarely Seen & Dangerous has been selected
as a finalist
in the Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Award of 2020.
This is the fourth time I have been selected in this award – so I’m feeling very lucky!
This year there were 200 entries, of which 107 were selected as finalists. As this exhibition stems from Victoria,
it’s solely an online exhibition, as was the presentation night. All went smoothly.

The winners were announced last night and I was Highly Commended for my work!

Thrilled for the second time – and a wonderful surprise for me, as I have never received one of these before!
This painting now has even more meaning in relation to the work that The Mission do, because I have since learned
that the sailor sitting in the Bosun’s Chair has been stuck at sea for 11 months, like many seafarers now languishing
in limbo due to Covid. They can’t crew change and it’s becoming something of a humanitarian crisis.
The good news is his ship sailed for Australia yesterday (award-night) and is swinging by the Philippines
to crew change, as they can’t fly out of anywhere.

The exhibition continues until 25 November.  See the exhibition here.

 

Rarely Seen & Dangerous 2020. Oil on canvas. 91x71cm.    “When work was completed and the man was being lifted up by his crew members, the lifting rope suddenly parted. As he fell, his lifeline detached from the ship side railing and he disappeared into the water…”
(Highly commended: MTSV Maritime Award 2020)
Available from Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seen today in the Mansion supplement of The Australian.
A piece of Balmain history!

The Convent of Immaculate Conception was designed by pioneer architect Edmund Blackett
in 1876. Considered to be the finest example of Gothic Revival in Sydney’s Inner West, it housed 30 borders and 10 nuns.
How different life must have been back then!

A couple of years ago, the owners commissioned this painting of 9 panels showing details of their
magnificent property and the surrounds. I’m so happy to see my work still prominently fixed to these walls!
But at the same time, I’m sad to say goodbye to the current owners. I’m so lucky to have a wonderful group
of supportive clients who keep returning to collect my work – it’s a huge compliment for an artist.
I feel very proud, and humbled.