Finalist Border Art Prize, all the finalists can be viewed online www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
25 individual watercolours of balconies
A new exhibition of watercolour paintings of mid 20th century beach houses along the Qld southern coast line. They are hanging on a thin thread and I thought they are worth documenting. So I took off with my camera last year and captured them. The resulting watercolours are mostly a realistic representation but as the title indicates, they've seen better days and the paintings show subtle marks of decay and a sense of emptiness. Lets face it beach houses are empty most of the year.
They are being pulled down and new huge mansions are built on small blocks of land. These holiday homes have a special place in the Australian collective consciousness.
Splash Contemporary Watercolour Award is granted for an outstanding original art work in the medium of watercolour. Very excited to have been selected, my painting "Tower of Hope" represents one of the Housing Commission Apartment Blocks in Collingwood, near my Studio.
A house of cards seemed perfect for what I want to say about the fragility of the house and our environment, its unstable and hard to control. The entire structure can easily collapse by just removing one element. What looks dependable and solid one moment stumbles and collapses in an instant. A house of cards however is also an imaginary space, something we build in our dreams, it takes great ambition or just plain naivety to come up with a big scheme and no real solid foundation.
The wallpaper adds another element and references the home, the cosy inside of the home turned inside out.