Artist Statement: Last year I made a painting of the steam yacht Ena ... but I was never completely happy with it, so I have reworked it as 'William the Fourth at Carrington'. I've had a love/hate relationship with Steamboat Willie since coming to Newcastle nearly 20 years ago. As Director of the Museum I was responsible for its management within Newcastle Council - it was then owned jointly by Newcastle and Port Stephens Councils. Without the necessary funds and the right balance of volunteer crew it was never going to work. Six years at the National Maritime Museum gave me a totally realistic view of the requirements for managing large wooden ships and unfortunately there was neither the money or the political will to do it properly. Glad to see it back in the water and hopefully operational again one day.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 76 x 152 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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