Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Monday, September 27, 2010

Marine Art Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum 
I will be exhibiting these paintings at the
Australian Society of Marine Artists exhibition at the "Wooden Boat Festival"

WHEN: From 10 am - 4pm Saturday 16th October and Sunday 17th October 2010
WHERE: at the Australian National Maritime Museum 
EVENT: Wooden Boat Festival

These are some of the paintings which I will be exhibiting on the October 16-17 weekend with the Australian Society of Marine Artists exhibition at the "Wooden Boat Festival"

The Australian Society of Marine Artists are a group of artists and others interested in marine and maritime art : painters, lithographers and printmakers, sculptors, model-makers and historians. Every painting style from traditional to contemporary, realist to abstract is represented : ships, seascapes, maritime history and heritage.
plein air oil painting of Spirit of Tasmania sailing on Sydney Harbour by maritime artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Spirit of Tasmania' departs for the last time from Darling Harbour' 2006 oil painting on canvas 25 x 31 cm
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This painting is of a landmark in the history of Sydney Harbour - the final departure of the 'Spirit of Tasmania 3" from the East Darling Harbour Wharves in October 2006.
The 'Spirit of Tasmania 3" , (nicknamed 'Spot' by all the wharfies) was later sold to an overseas shipping line and I have heard that she has been renamed and is in use as a ferry in the North Sea. 
The 'Spirit of Tasmania" numbers 1 and 2, are still in Australian waters, but their journeys are between Melbourne and Devonport. Occasionally they come to Garden Island, Sydney Harbour dry dock for repairs and maintenance.
The Sydney Heritage Fleet's tall ship, the 'James Craig' and Wharf 7, Pyrmont can be seen in the background.
The last journey of the 'Spirit of Tasmania 3' 

It was an atmosphere reminiscent of the last day of school. People running around taking photos and swapping addresses. Manic excitement, regret, and a strange undercurrent of foreboding about what the future may bring.

To add to the sense of occasion was a touch of glamour. Added to the usual queue of cars and bikes waiting in the sun was a line of lovingly restored vintage cars, bound for a rally in Tasmania. In one of the many paintings that I started that day, I featured a green Rover and its patient driver in the foreground. I certainly had enough time to paint them as they were sitting in the queue from 9.30am to 2.30pm when they were finally allowed to drive on board. The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, later acquired this canvas.

Everything that wasn't nailed down was hauled off and dragged on board. I mean 'Everything that wasn't nailed down' absolutely literally and not as a lazy cliche. I had been storing some canvases and easels in a little shed and suddenly had to leap up from my wet painting and rescue them from making an unscheduled visit to Tasmania. I nearly lost my cup of coffee which I had left perched on a concrete barrier when forklifts started to load all of the concrete onto the ship.
plein air oil painting of tall ship HMB Endeavour sailing on Sydney Harbour by maritime artist Jane Bennett
"'Endeavour ' Tall ship race -Australia Day" 
oil painting on canvas 20 x 25cm
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A close up of the 'HMB Endeavour', one of the 'Tall Ships' making its way back to its mooring after the Tall Ships Parade on Australia Day 2007.
This was painted from the East Darling Harbour Wharves (now called Barangaroo) while the area was still a working port.
plein air oil painting of tug sailing on Sydney Harbour by maritime artist Jane Bennett
'The Tug 'Karoo'  2006 oil painting on canvas 28 x 36 cm
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mbruce said...

Very nice paintings Jane!
Just thought I would let you know that the Spirit of Tasmania III is now sailing between southern France to the island of Corsica and Italy as the Mega Express Four for Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries

Jane Bennett Artist said...

Thank you for your kind comments, and for letting me know the fate of one of my favourite ships.
It's great that it's still sailing, however far away. Southern France-that's the life! Cruising the Mediterraenean must be a big change from crossing the Bass Strait. I really miss painting it. Most cruise ships are white and a bit slab-like, so I have to work harder to make the paintings interesting.

Anonymous said...

how do I contact Jane Bennett regarding a commission? PJC