Artist Statement: Newcastle is enlivened by the activity of its working port. Ships of all types come and go, while the huge structures which facilitate their loading make a dynamic background to city life. The grain terminal, directly across the river from the lively Honeysuckle precinct, provides a fascinating tangle of girders, silos and gantries. Occasionally a stranger comes into port, like the giant slab sided Roll-on, Roll Off ship Tarago. Named for the local Newcastle Port up river, Tarago belongs to the Norwegian Wilhelmson line, a sister ship to the famous Tampa, the exploits of which have become a byword for political opportunism and bastardry in recent Australian history.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 40.5 x 101.5 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 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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