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

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ghost ship - ex-HMAS Adelaide at Glebe - Part 1

Arrival
Marine Art-plein air oil painting of ex HMAS Adelaide at Glebe Island Wharf by marine and industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
'Ex HMAS Adelaide arrives at Glebe Island wharf' 
2009 oil on canvas 31 x 61cm
$2,000
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A new visitor arrives in September 2009 to Glebe Island wharf. This painting was completed a few days after its unheralded arrival.

A little slice of history
The HMAS Adelaide had a distinguished and varied career. Some highlights included  participation in the Australian responses  to the 1987 Fijian coups d'état, the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, the Indonesian riots of May 1998, the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce, the War in Afghanistan, and the United States-led invasion of Iraq.
The frigate rescued two competitors  in the 1996–97 Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race when in January 1997, the yachts of Thierry Dubois and Tony Bullimore capsized. 
The HMAS Adelaide 's most notorious moment (until, of course, her proposed scuttling off Terrigal and Avoca) came in 2001, when she intercepted a boat known as SIEV 4 carrying suspected illegal immigrants.This  interception became the centre of the Children overboard affair.


Action!

Marine Art-plein air oil painting of ex HMAS Adelaide at Glebe Island Wharf by marine and industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
'Action men' 2009 
oil painting on canvas 31 x 31cm
$990


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Marine Art-plein air oil painting of ex HMAS Adelaide at Glebe Island Wharf by marine and industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
'Action men' 2009 oil on canvas 31 x 61cm
Sold
COLLECTION : ACTION CRANES
$2,000
Enquiries about similar paintings- janecooperbennett@gmail.com


Marine Art-plein air oil painting of ex HMAS Adelaide at Glebe Island Wharf by marine and industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
 'Action cranes with the Adelaide' 
2009 oil on canvas 38 x 76cm


$3,500
Enquiries - janecooperbennett@gmail.com

        For information and price list -Artist information page
The first sign of the flurry of activity to come. The men from 'Action Cranes' start to remove railings. 
I painted close up details of the men at work, as well as a panorama of the ship positioned between the pillars of the Anzac Bridge, with its strings providing a dramatic counterpoint to the mast. 
At this stage the ship was at the southern end of the wharf. At the northern end, I had been painting Baulderstone Hornibrook's construction of a screed and shear leg for the Port Botany Expansion Project. I became annoyed and frustrated at middle management's mindless and onerous conditions while painting this project, which seemed specifically designed to prevent me painting anything halfway interesting without actually contributing to anyone's health or safety. As a plein air painter who has been used to painting under conditions that would scare most artists out of 10 years growth, it takes quite a bit to annoy or frustrate me! At first I was sad that coping with Baulderstone was too much like beating my head against a brick wall for me to continue painting their project, but it was a blessing in disguise!
I had no idea how gripping the saga of the ex-HMAS Adelaide would become!
On the extreme left hand side of the last painting in this post is a strange contraption with white columns. This was a drill rig starting exploratory drilling for the ill-fated Sydney Metro project, which was finally shelved in early 2010 after a great deal of controversy.

Soon the controversy surrounding the scuttling of the ex-HMAS Adelaide would even rival the debate over the Metro! 

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