Artist Statement: This work was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Maritime Art Prize. The Maritime Art Prize seemed to fit right into my area of interest and I am delighted to be selected for the exhibition. Newcastle offers so much for an artist, the interaction between man, machines and the sea. I love the drama of the huge coal loaders, that conflict between the scale and drama on one side and the nagging feeling that we shouldn't be sending out all this coal to pollute the world. The grain loader contrasts as the hope of bringing food to those who need it in every part of the world.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 61 x 122 cms
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 practising painter, fresh out of art school in the late 1960s. 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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