Parsely Bay (Unreliable Haiku) – 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 spent many summers swimming in Parsley Bay, and in all the years of painting I haven’t painted the parsley Bay Bridge, it’s a beautiful form. In this painting I’ve mixed it up, the headland is rendered with charcoal, the memory is vivid white with North Head as always sneaking in with the last word hovering on the horizon. I have use a variety of white pigments to contrast the charcoal, so there is an element of drawing balanced precariously like a Haiku.

150x150cm framed in matt white with 5mm shadow line - ready to hang

 

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