Canberra School of Art Gallery - 1986

Suite of 9 large oil paintings

This suite of 9 large oil paintings was completed in 1985, during a time when I was engaged to be married. They were intended to function as an operatic prelude to the series which followed 'The Four Seasons'. Although essentially personally driven, they make reference to a history of art and painterly concerns, which include Marcel Duchamp's 'The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even' and Arthur Boyd's 'Bridegroom' paintings. That having been said these references are tangential and the forms which circulate in these paintings are derived from my own experiences at the time.

As usuall with my work, this series is no simple matter of repeating a salient theme or saleable composition. There are no alternative versions of these paintings, although some images extend the lineage of my own iconography.  However as with every body of my work, the rules of production are reset such that it is not possible for me to simply repeat myself, but rather each series, every painting, is forced to originate form its own conceptualizing centre.

Presented in a lead frame, 'Fishing for a Lost Sailor' excels in the the purely abstract and traditional qualities of sound draughtmanship, good paint handling and strong composition; the painting is joyous, the subject adventurous and the paint deftly handled.
Peter Timms - Judge - Lake Macquarie Art Prize - 1986

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The Bachelor's Arias - Installation view - Canberra School of Art Gallery

 

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Fishing for a Lost Sailor -182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

Collection of the 'Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery'

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The Bachelor's Trip - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

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Spit Motor - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

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Nightfall - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

Private collection: Sydney

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The Catch - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

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Daybreak - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

Private collection: Sydney

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Family Tree - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

Private collection: Adelaide

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Propellor Theorum - 182 cms x 152 cms - oil on canvas

This exhibition was supposed to be a survey of my development as a painter - covering work from 1980 - 1986 with works from private and public collections including N.G.A. - N.G.V. - A.G.S.A. - A.G.W.A. Catalogue photographs were commissioned, essays had been written, the invitations were sent out to this effect,  the exhibition was opened by the Marketing Director of the National Gallery of Australia on this basis, but at the last minute we realised that the background work had not been completed and the work could never arrive on time, so we switched the survey for an exhibition of current work - 'The Bachelor's Arias' a suite of 9 large paintings (182 cms x 152 cms oil on canvas).