Artist Statement: I don't think I have consciously drawn directly from the work of other artists, but of course all art grows from, and builds upon, the art that comes before. I am drawn in particular to the work of two American painters from the 1930s, Ralston Crawford and Charles Sheeler, artists whose sensibility I can understand as they made the industrial landscape their favoured subject. Both artists used grain silos as a motif, like me being drawn to the huge geometric forms. A Sheeler statement comes very close to my own thoughts about art ...
I had come to feel that a picture could have incorporated in it the structural design implied in abstraction and be presented in a wholly realistic manner".
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 101 x 101cms
CHG Directors Statement: Gavin Fry has worked in Australian art for more than 50 years, but only recently has gone full circle to the place where he started, as a practicing painter, fresh out of art school in the late 1960's. In a long career he took many directions, seeking out new experiences and forms of expression After teaching at secondary and tertiary levels, Gavin took to museum work as an art curator and museum director. As a direct result of that work he has become one of Australia’s best known and most prolific writers on art and history, with more than 20 books to his credit. A lifetime of looking at, and writing about art has taken him back to where he started, painting and drawing the world around him in a distinctive and highly personal way.
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