Artist Statement: In 1971 I had the opportunity to have an extended holiday on the island of Cyprus where my father had been posted as Commander of the Australian United Nations peacekeeping force. It was good to be able to explore the island at a time of relative peace before the Turkish invasion of 1974. The island's most famed mythological site is known as Aphrodite's Rock, the place where legend holds that the goddess was born of the waves at Paphos'. I made a couple of pictures of the site on my return to Australia, one in the new striped style I was exploring at the time. Forty five years on it is still a favourite subject.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 76 x 76 cms
CHG Director's 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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