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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Strike while the iron is hot

oil painting of anvil in blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Starting a small painting of an anvil, 
which is one of the blacksmith's basic tools of the trade
" Anvil" 2014

31 x 31cm oil on canvas
$990
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
At the ATP community heritage days on the 16th and 17th May, I had 2 exhibitions, one in Bay 1 and 2 of the Blacksmith's workshop and the other in the carriage displayed by the volunteers of 3801 limited,  as well as painting throughout the blacksmith's demonstrations .
I am still recovering from being seriously injured not long ago, so I had to be extremely careful. I was given a great deal of help by the volunteers and the management of the ATP, who gave me a room to store my paintings and easels, and a trolley to move them. I am truly grateful, as even just walking still causes me a great deal of pain.

oil painting of anvil in blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
" Anvil"  201431 x 31cm oil on canvasEnquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
This time I kept the paintings fairly small and simple, so as to not put too much pressure on myself, while I'm still recuperating. However, I have always meant to paint some of the heritage tools anyway. I have previously painted anvils as part of a larger, more complex painting, but it is a beautiful and evocative item in its own right.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com

I had often painted Chris before in a variety of poses, but you have to be fast!
However, after I watch for a while I notice various stages of the process, and get a feeling for the timing and rhythym. It's hard to decide on which of the hundreds of potential poses to choose to paint. I leave the arms in an unfinished state, as I can't decide on whether to paint him wielding a hammer or a pair of tongs.
Decisions, decisions.

oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Starting a painting of the blacksmith Chris.Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 The blacksmiths of "Wrought Artworks" move quickly. "Strike while the iron is hot" isn't just an old proverb - it's a way of life. They must strike quickly, decisively and with force, however their movements must be controlled and accurate as well. They also must work as a team and have awareness of who and what is around them.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
 Chris quenching chisels
2011-12 oil on canvas 152 x 122cm
$13,000
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 I exhibited some of my paintings of the Blacksmiths in a corner of their workshop, so that onlookers could compare the paintings with the real thing.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
"Blacksmith" 2009 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 It gave viewers an opportunity to see parts of the workshop not visible to the public due to safety concerns.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com

 i displayed some of my smaller paintings and books of photos of paintings of other areas of industrial Sydney on a pair of old dusty workbenches.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett

Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
The ATP has been very sensitively redeveloped  and has largely retained the old industrial ambience of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
" All Fired up the Blacksmiths Eveleigh Railway Workshops"  2012 oil on canvas 91x 122cm
$11,000
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com


 Some more of my paintings of the blacksmiths were exhibited in front of an old signal box.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Enquiries:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 The visitors on the first day were mostly retired former Eveleigh workers.
oil painting of blacksmith's forge, Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Enquiries about my paintings of Eveleigh:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 However there was a much larger and more diverse group of people attending on the Saturday.
I hope there will be another heritage day next year.

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