Nobbys Breakwall by Gavin Fry
ARTIST STATEMENT 'Home Port'
It is just on twenty years since I dropped anchor in Newcastle and made it my home port. When I returned to painting after a four-decade layoff I took the most basic advice to aspiring artists ... paint what you know! I understand a bit about ships and, living next to the harbour, find endless subjects with the great bulk carriers and busy tugs seen against the architecture of this fascinating city.
Gavin Fry is known to many of us as a past curator of the Newcastle Museum, especially the project of overseeing the move from the old Museum site to its present location at Honeysuckle, Newcastle! He is acknowledged as working in Australian art and museums over the decades.
Additionally he is an arts writer, publisher, curator and more recently an active artist. Gavin has said to me “it is a passion he has supressed for years, it’s quite a mental adjustment being on the other side of the arts”. Some 30 years has passed since his return to the role of artist!
Gavin's recent body of work has been directed to Newcastle icons. Gavin’s style is expressionist incorporating vertical light planes and angles somewhat rendering a cubist influence with a 1970’s aura.
ARTIST PROFILE - GAVIN FRY
Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and publisher, working in Newcastle, New South Wales. After a long career in museums and galleries, in retirement he has returned to painting after three decades away from the easel. His work is currently being exhibited at Cooks Hill Gallery in Newcastle, as well as exhibitions nationally.
As a writer Gavin has published more than twenty books on Australian art and history and has of recent times begun to publish books on behalf of other writers and artists.
ARTIST PROFILE - CAROLYN VAN WAMEL
The works in this exhibition are inspired by the countryside of Murrurundi and Tamworth and the coast of Newcastle
I interpret landscape and seascape in terms of blocks of colour and simplified lines and curves, endeavouring to create a sense of rhythm, balance and interaction between land, sea and sky, the evident and the obscure.
Exploring the landscape is a continual discovery of myself. From melting softness to subtle power it provides me with a timeless space for thoughtfulness and memory.
Newcastle Beach by Carolyn van Wamel
Carolyn van Wamel
ARTIST PROFILE - DAVID BESCHI
All of my paintings come from drawings in my sketch books and over the years I have amassed more than a hundred books. Going through the pages is like going through a photo album, I can recall the time and place vividly and decide which drawing or doodle is going to become a painting.
While working, unconsciously, the paintings drift from detail to obscure and so the viewer has to fill-in other details with their own imagination, so bringing them into the painting forever. Such is watercolour, the most difficult and the most mysterious of mediums.
Art, "Painted by the talented, sold by the principled to the totally bewildered". A quote I heard a long time ago. I hope you are not bewildered and enjoy the paintings.
Morpeth Hat Shop by David Beschi
David Beschi in Studio