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, February 28, 2011

A Tall Ship and a Lightship

The CLS 4 Carpentaria, unmanned lightship

 plein air oil painting of the tall ship 'James Craig' and lightship 'Carpentaria' at Wharf 7 Pyrmont by maritime artist Jane Bennett
Starting a new canvas of the lightship 'Carpentaria' with the James Craig behind it. In the background is Barangaroo
'The lightship 'Carpentaria' with the James Craig ' 2010-11 
oil painting on canvas 61 x 76cm
$4,500
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A lightship is a ship acting as a floating lighthouse to aid navigation and warn ships of hazards. Lightships anchor in waters that are too deep or dangerous for a permanent lighthouse to be built.

Commonwealth Lightship 4, 'Carpentaria', was one of four unmanned lightships built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, in 1916-17. After a close encounter with a container ship in Bass Strait nearly scuttled her, the 'Carpentaria' finally retired in 1985.
 Originally she had an automatic acetylene light mounted on its tall mast, with a sunlight-operated valve to switch it on and off.
The Carpentaria barely seems to need any additional light to make her visible to navigators as she has been painted an eye-ball burning bright red and has its name inscribed in huge letters on the side. She is difficult to miss against the bland white waterfront of Darling Harbour.
While I was Artist in Residence at Cockatoo Island (for the 2nd time from 2005 until 2007 when the island was being prepared for opening to the public, The 1st time was during the 1980s while the island was still an operational shipyard) I noticed the Carpentaria docked on the southern slipway adjoining Fitzroy dock for several months. I had high hopes then that Cockatoo Island would be returned to its original purpose of a working shipyard, but no such luck.

 plein air oil painting of the tall ship 'James Craig' and lightship 'Carpentaria' at Wharf 7 Pyrmont by maritime artist Jane Bennett
'The lightship 'Carpentaria' with the James Craig ' 2010-11 
oil painting on canvas 61 x 76cm
$4,500 
Enquiries about this painting

 The Tall Ship 'James Craig'

Behind the scenestealing lightship dominating the foreground is the square-rigger, the James Craig. She is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque currently berthed at Wharf 7 of Darling Harbour, near the Australian National Maritime Museum.

One of only 4 operational ships of her era and rig , she is a true link to the heroic age of the seafaring past. In 1972 volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. She was then towed back to Sydney, and after an epic program of restoration and repairs, was finally able to set sail by 2001.

The 'James Craig' is open to the public, and is crewed and maintained by my good mates from the Sydney Heritage Fleet.

"Salt in the Air"

I have recently been one of 10 women artists from the Australian Society of Marine Artists who have been Artists in Residence at the Sydney Heritage Fleet. We will be holding an exhibition "Salt in the Air" aboard the James Craig to help provide funds to restore the vessels of the fleet.

This is one of the 17 paintings I will be exhibiting. 
The exhibition will be opened by Tanya Plibersek MP at 2pm on Saturday 27th April on board the James Craig. It is open daily 10am - 4pm from Saturday 27th April - Sunday 4th May 2013

Exhibition SALT IN THE AIR from Saturday 27th April - Sunday 4th May 2013 (asma-artistinresidence.blogspot.com)

2 comments:

Jim said...

Great painting and great photo. Thanks for the link.

Jane Bennett Artist said...

Thanks so much, Jim.