Four Newcastle Icons

Gavin Fry

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Artist Statement: “There is a spot near the entrance to King Edward Park from where you can see four structures which define the city and its history. The obelisk helped guide ships into the port, Jesmond house epitomises the wealth and status generated by the early industries of the area, the cathedral the sense of pride, confidence and purpose of a successful community and, with the truncated form of Nobbys, the control and modification of nature to promote the greater good.”

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 46 x 92 cms
Date: 2016
Condition: New

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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