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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Banners, Millers Point

plein air oil painting of heritage terraces in Millers Point by artist Jane Bennett
 "Dalgety Terrace Millers Point"
2014 oil on canvas 46 x 61cm
 

Collection : Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
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The Harbour Control Tower looms ominously over the row of ramshackle terraces on the sandstone block wall of Dalgety Road.
Some of the houses sport protest banners :"Millers Point not 4 sale" "Our community is worth more than money"
Fortunately some of the banners were still there long enough for me to paint them, however, a few weeks afterwards the Housing NSW Millers Point Relocation Team had torn them down.
Housing NSW's Relocation Officers and their security and "cleansing" teams have been removing banners and photos of residents throughout Millers Point. The banners on the Garrison Church Rectory and on St Brigid's Church were removed in January 2015.  

plein air oil painting of heritage terraces in Millers Point by artist Jane Bennett
 "Dalgety Terrace Millers Point"
2014 oil on canvas 46 x 61cm
 

$3,500
Collection : Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Enquiries about similar paintings


Luckily I finished painting this canvas just before the roadwork started.
I was set up between 2 of the hideous new apartments built several years ago to replace a set of old Maritime Services Board warehouses.
plein air oil painting of heritage terraces in Millers Point by artist Jane Bennett
 "Dalgety Terrace Millers Point"
2014 oil on canvas 46 x 61cm

$3,500
Collection : Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Enquiries about similar paintings



To add insult to injury,there is now a serious attempt to remove even the name "Millers Point" from the suburb: Naming proposal : Barangaroo Names , see also Don't erase Millers Point Facebook Page



This canvas, which I exhibited in my solo exhibition "Under the Hammer" at the Frances Keevil Gallery from November 18th - December 7th 2014, was recently acquired for the collection of the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.


My canvases are banners that can never be torn down.