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, October 3, 2011

"May close without warning" My Solo Exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery


A Sneak preview of some of the paintings in my new solo exhibition  at the Frances Keevil Gallery
11 - 30 OCTOBER 2011

To be opened by Dr Jack Mundey AO
Tuesday 11 October, 6 - 8pm

Bay Village, 28 - 34 Cross Street  Double Bay  NSW 2028
ph: 02 9327 2475

Gallery hours:  Mon to Fri: 10-5  Sat: 10-4  Sun: 11-4
 
 
My new exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery, is about the transience of the built environment. Many of the paintings were inspired by the now demolished Cruise Ship Terminal at the South end of Barangaroo
"Wharf Skeleton" 2008 charcoal on paper 76 x 110cm
  WINNER: 2008 DRAWING PRIZE ROYAL EASTER SHOW
Catalogue No 11 $7,700



charcoal drawing of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Millers Point from top of Harbour Control Tower by Jane Bennett
"Miller's Point from the top of the Sydney Harbour Control Tower" charcoal, ink, gouache on paper 121 x 134cm
Catalogue No 9 $10,500

   A large, complex and vertigo inducing drawing, "Miller's Point from the top of the Sydney Harbour Control Tower", tested my draughtsmanship and perspective skills to the utmost.


Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'"May open without warning"' 2010 oil on canvas 51 x 76 cm
Catalogue No 41 $4,200

"May open without warning" is the cryptic inscription on the floor of the entrance to the loading dock and is the first painting in this series.

Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"May Close Without Warning", Wharf 8, Barangaroo   oil on canvas 51 x 76cm
Catalogue No 42 $4,200

 
"May close without warning" , the second painting in this series, painted from deeper inside the building, derives its title from the warning signs on the fire doors inside Wharf 8. The empty chair was a haunting symbol of the loss of power and authority as the surrounding area is in a state of flux.

Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"I saw the number "8" in red" oil on canvas 61 x 183cm
Ex Catalogue  $11,000


SOLD

"I saw the number "8" in red" was painted in the Arrivals Hall. Apart from commemorating the startlingly weird giant number "8", the title of this painting is also my homage to the 1928 Charles Demuth painting "I saw the number 5 in gold..", an icon of American Modernism. 

Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Your days are numbered" 2010  

                 oil painting on canvas  61 x 91cm 
Ex Catalogue  $4,200


 SOLD
"Your days are numbered" shows the Arrivals Hall from a different angle.


Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'Red Square' oil on canvas 36 x 36cm
SOLD
Catalogue No 6 $1,400


Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'Red Square (Strange Customs)' oil on canvas 61 x 183cm
Catalogue No 36 $11,000

 
'Red Square'shows the eerily empty Departures Hall with the strange bright red box at the end of the Hall, which marked where the passengers would leave the hall for the gantry. The large canvas was intended as the counterpart to "I saw the number "8" in red", which is the same size and format.



Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Your days are numbered - Eight (ate)" 2010  oil painting on canvas 31 x 25 cm 
SOLD
Catalogue No 19 $1,400


"Your days are numbered - Eight (ate)" was painted after the demolition of the main building of Wharf 8. The lonely numeral remained as a vestige of the former wharf for a few weeks afterwards.
Barangaroo when it was the Hungry Mile oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"The 'Hungry Mile' " 2007 oil on canvas 91 x 122cm

Catalogue No 38 $11,500

"The 'Hungry Mile' ", "The empty wharf" and the "Gathering Storm" are three large canvases of the same size and format painted from a similar vantage point, several years apart to show the contrast between past and present. They are like a time lapse sequence showing the transition of the 'Hungry Mile' from a working port into the construction site of Barangaroo.

"The 'Hungry Mile' ", the first of the series, is the working port in its last operational year, 2007.
Barangaroo when it was the Hungry Mile oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"The empty wharf" 2008 oil on canvas 91 x 122cm 
Catalogue No 37 $11,500

"The empty wharf" I started painted this work the day after the stevedores left in mid October 2007 and completed it just before Cardinal began to demolish the wharf buildings at the start of 2008.








demolition of wharf at Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"The Gathering Storm" - my unfinished plein air painting at Barangaroo, 91 x 122cm
Catalogue No 1 $9,900

 
I don't normally like showing half finished work, but I couldn't resist this. "The Gathering Storm" looks as though a piece of the sky has actually fallen down onto the waiting canvas.

demolition of wharf at Barangaroo oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"The Gathering Storm over Barangaroo" 2011 oil on canvas  91 x 122cm
Catalogue No 1 $9,900


I am primarily a plein air painter, and I want to rescue this genre from being relegated to the category of the "Sunday" painter. To paint a series of large, ambitious and complex canvases  "en plein air" on  demolition sites and operational wharves, usually in a howling gale, could be classed as an extreme sport. It needs physical strength, determination and a touch of insanity as well. See the post "End of the wharf as we know it"  for the back story on painting this canvas.

All of these paintings, and more will be available for sale at the Frances Keevil Gallery from Tuesday 11th October 2011. 
Enquiries frances@franceskeevilart.com.au 






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