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Cooks Hill Galleries (CHG) presents Rod Bathgate ‘Summer Breeze'. This online and in gallery exhibition opens Friday 4 December 6 - 8pm. Exhibition continues until Monday 21 December 2020.
More images to come closer to exhibition date.
In this collection of works I have divided the content and subject matter into twodistinct stylings while maintaining a common subject theme. By utilising my understanding and feel for the iconic ocean vistas in both treatments, I hope to unify the showing in those elements that are familiar and part of our appreciation as Novocastrians of the places we relax and thrive.I will attempt to summarise the two approaches as best I can in two parts.1] The comic treatment of the cartoon works in the first series of eight pictures, most of you will be familiar with. My intent with these is always to convey a sense of playfulness and some small irony, while hopefully delivering those realistic elements so identifiably Newcastle in nature ie: the refracting water, the coastal bluffs and landmarks. I always get a kick out of the joining together of the absurd with the realistic, the playful with the serious.2] The second series of nine pictures has a more reflective and stylised mood and treatment. The working title of the show was intended to be: '2020...WHO SAW THAT COMING' an ironic and poignant description of a rather tumultuous andinteresting year. For these works, I used the myths of ancient Greece and the fewcharacters who stood out to me as emblems of this curious time. The works areunified by the subject matter of somber, dark waves, incandescent clouds andstylistic patterns to give the pieces a sense of story being told. All the works can be viewed as a continuum or as individual works, as they were produced in succession according to my mood and my to hopefully give a sense of the rapid changing events in our world in 2020. There is a mood of foreboding and a persistent ominous dark wave stares into the light as the sky plays out the conflict described in the titles. The irony I am attempting to portray is in the deep calm surrounding the series, while strange and epic events unfold in the atmosphere above. I think I got as close to the mood and narrative I had in my head as I completed each work. I hope you enjoy the works as a connected series and also as a reflection of the great divide between reality and illusion that this year and this time has produced.Though the new mythological stylised works may appear like a departure for me, Ican assure you, these images float in my head every day of my life and now seemsas good a time as any to bring them to life in some small way. I have tried to be astruthful to the feel of 2020 as I see it. We are in a wild time of flux and the comic and absurd as well as the tragic cansometimes be close allies. This year has proved that. Thank you all and God bless.Rod Bathgate
Bar Beach - High Summer
2020...Who saw that coming?
Shark alley and the ocean baths
Cowrie Hole and Ocean Baths from Fort Drive
Newcastle Beach, 1st day of Spring
Cowrie Hole, Newcastle
Merewether thru, a glass lightly
Right thru at the Cowrie Hole 2
Hunter River at Gundy NSW
Release of the Cerebus from the underworld
Hypnos - Newcastle Beach
Thucydides trap - Nobbys
Hercules finds the measure of the Hydra - Cowrie Hole
Kronos devouring - Newcastle Point
The rock & The torch - Nobby's Lighthouse
Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
Flatty & The Cowrie Hole
Thucydides dilemma - Merewether Point
Eyes of the Keres - Bar reef
South Newcastle, Divider
65 Bull St, Cooks Hill, Newcastle
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