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City & the Shark Net – 150x150cm

Phil Stallard
‘In the 90’s I was exhibiting in Paddington, my studio was in Bondi Junction, and I painted the working harbour, Watsons Bay, Parsley Bay, Garden Island, Cockatoo Island, North Head working my way westward along the Parramatta River.  So, with nothing but vague memories I have produced a series of paintings based on these recollections. The paintings are luminous and are saturated with fondness, they resemble Haiku’s, the present distilled by the past as I am driven to explore the beauty of our surroundings.’

Mixed medium on canvas painting
Abstract landscape
Original canvas painting

We used to take our babies to Balmoral Beach, the water was always calm, and we used to sit under the bridge connecting Rocky Point. I have memories of Fish and Chips, the rotunda, and the bustle of the Esplanade. So, in the middle of Covid isolation I thought I would bring it to life. The shark net features in this painting, it has always fascinated me, and even though now it has been replaced I will continue to paint it.

150x150cm – ready to hang

 

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