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

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Irons in the fire - Part 2

Painting the Blacksmiths at Wrought Artworks,
Bay 1/2 Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Starting the new canvas
'Chris at the Massey Air Hammer' 2011 unfinished oil painting on canvas 36 x 46 cm
Private Collection : Sydney
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Art versus life!
'Chris at the Massey Air Hammer' 2011 unfinished oil painting on canvas 36 x 46 cm
Private Collection : Sydney
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Starting another new canvas - and trying hard not to stand too close to a pair of blokes nonchalantly waving white-hot lumps of metal around. I still haven't painted at the blacksmith's often enough to be absolutely certain as to exactly where I should stand or sit so as not to get in the way!

Almost finished
'Chris at the Massey Air Hammer' 2011 unfinished oil painting on canvas 36 x 46 cm
Private Collection : Sydney
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They only stand in these positions for a few moments at a time - but these movements are repeated sequentially over and over again throughout a couple of afternoons. I soon decide on a couple of poses that to me are the most characteristic and dramatic of the sequence.
In this canvas, the taut expression of Chris and the tension shown in the tightness of his forearms and the strained balance of his pose add to the feeling of potential danger, and are a tribute to the level of skill required by their craft.
'Forging at Wrought Artworks' 2010 oil on canvas 36x46cm  
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