Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

FINGERWHARF PAINTINGS

Walsh Bay Wharves

I have been an “Artist in residence” at the Fingerwharves of Sydney during their controversial redevelopment. The Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf, opposite Garden Island, is now a glitzy complex of hotel suites, restaurants and luxury apartments. The Walsh Bay Wharves, in the shadow of the western side of the Harbour Bridge, and Jones Bay Wharf, on the Pyrmont peninsula, are still being transformed.
Wharf 8/9
'Interior of Wharf 8-9' 
2000 oil on canvas 31 x 61cm 
$2,000
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The ramshackle blue timber building seen through the wool bale elevator was used as a set in several 1980's and 1990's films and TV series. Most memorable inclusions were in "Blue Murder" (the scene where Neddy Smith and a group of corrupt police persuade a corrupt law clerk to step onto a boat, where he will later be murdered by being tied to a gas cooker, which is thrown overboard.) and several episodes in "Wildside".
"Towns Place" 1998 
oil on canvas 36 x 46 cm
SOLD
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I used to call this decrepit building the "Edward Hopper House" (not its real name of course!) as it resembled an old railway shack in one of his paintings. This building has now been extensively renovated and is a lot less lop-sided than it was when I painted these.
'Wharf Skeleton' 
2000 oil painting on canvas 39 x 111cm
$4,500
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'Walsh Bay Wharves 6/7 from Wharf 8-9' 
1999 oil painting on canvas 61 x 101cm
$6,600
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The Demolition of Wharf 6/7

'The Missing Wharf 2 '2000 oil painting on canvas 31 x 46 cm
$1,400
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'Rebuilding Walsh Bay Wharves' Diptych 2002
each painting : acrylic on paper 114 x 170 cm
$8,800 each
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Renovation of Wharf 2/3
'Wharf Skeleton and the Sydney Harbour Bridge' 
2000 oil painting on canvas 25 x 21cm
SOLD
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"Walsh Bay Wharves seen from North Sydney, evening" 
2002 oil on board 20 x 31cm
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The Sydney Harbour Control Tower and the Anzac Bridge are the backdrop to the panorama of the Walsh Bay Whaves from the Milson's Point jetty.


Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf

The "Ned Kelly' Crane
WB2 'Ned Kelly Crane Woolloomooloo Bay' oil painting on board 1987 
59 x 24cm
$1,400
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One of a pair of cranes that was at Woolloomooloo Bay until late 1989. 
I don't know the real name of this crane, but I always called it the 'Ned Kelly' Crane The two windows have a hard, baleful stare which reminded me of the eye slits in the armor in Sidney Nolan's series of paintings of the notorious outlaw.  
By about 1990 the 'Ned Kelly' crane was removed and taken to East Darling Harbour Wharf 8, where it stayed until it was replaced by 'Big Bird' (Liebherr crane 1) and later the 2 others, in the early 1990's.
I used to love watching the Woolloomooloo Bay Cranes from a long skinny window at the north-eastern end of the Art Gallery of N.S.W. This room contained Australian paintings from the 1940's to the 1960's, and the cranes were a wonderful backdrop to the dour images of wharfies by Noel Counihan and the urban landscapes of Jeffrey Smart, - and appropriately, a few Sid Nolans.

Redevelopment of the Fingerwharf
After staying derelict for several decades, the Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf and the former dockyard were re-developed into a complex of hotels, luxury apartments, restaurants and marinas between 1997 - 1999.
The Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf and Walsh Bay Wharves symbolized Sydney as a working port and have become yet another victim of urban consolidation, either demolished or redeveloped into apartments for the benefit of the urban elite. The Sydney Fingerwharves were built of turpentine, which would be impossible today as the forests are gone.
'The Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf from Harry de Wheels'
1999 acrylic painting on canvas 25 x 20 cm 
SOLD
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'Interior, Fingerwharf'
1998 charcoal and pastel drawing on paper 104 x 122cm 
FINALIST - 2000 Grafton Drawing Prize  
SOLD
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COLLECTION : RELEGEN DOCKYARDS

The exterior of the Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf is familiar to anyone who has visited the Art Gallery of N.S.W. However, a tour of the interior is a far stranger prospect.
The central street of the Fingerwharf was enclosed by a 14 metre high roof  and illuminated by fleeting shafts of light from above, earning it the nickname of the “Cathedral of Commerce”. By coincidence, the Fingerwharf workmen actually used the terms “Nave” and “Transept”, words more commonly used about the architecture of cathedrals, to describe their site.

'Interior Fingerwharf' 1998 
ink, gouache and charcoal drawing on paper 56 x 76cm  
WINNER - 2000 Royal Easter Show Drawing Prize  
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The mysterious rusting machinery, shadowed stairways and fragile bridges arching over the cavernous interior gave it the atmosphere of Piranesi’s  “Carceri” etchings, but with the added poignancy of the location being real not imaginary and at the decisive point of transformation.  
'Crane, Fingerwharf' 1999  
Oil painting on board 27.5x 37.5 cm 
$880
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'Tower Crane 6 '
1999 oil painting on canvas 61 x 30 cm 

SOLD
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'Interior, Fingerwharf, with reflections' 
1998 Oil painting on board 28 x 34cm
$770
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'Interior, Fingerwharf '-
1999acrylic painting on canvas 30 x 15 cm  
SOLD
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'Interior, Fingerwharf' 1999  
Oil painting on board 122 x 41cm

$5,500
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I usually chose to depict a haunting moment of stillness amidst the construction turmoil. A shaft of light would pierce the darkness while bulldozers would lurk behind the entrance. The floor was continually hosed to damp down the construction dust, so that it would reflect patches of sky and the gaudy vermilion of the workmen’s fluorescent safety vests.

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