Artist Statement: “In 1993 I undertook a review of all the Museums managed by the Australian army, including the coastal forts from Darwin right around to Fremantle. I find them intriguing structures, always placed on the dominant point of the coast, guarding key places on the land. Newcastle is lucky to have Fort Scratchley right in the middle of the city, a reminder of dangers past and a symbol of pride as the only Australian fort to actively engage the enemy in World War Two.”
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 76 h x 100 w cm
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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