Once were Yards, 2015
A series of 30 paintings of the original shearing shed on a property near Barcaldine, Queensland, by Australian artist Christine Porter . Watercolour on paper, 10 cm square up to 82 cm long. Unsold paintings in galleries or at Christine’s studio in Lismore. Please contact us directly for availability, prices or to book a studio visit to see the work in person.
I’ve been painting the sheds around Blackall and Barcaldine for almost as long as I’ve been a full-time artist. Since I first travelled there in the early 90’s, I’ve seen the area go from being prized for its wool growing prowess to an area bereft of the sheep, shearers and indeed wool-sheds that made it famous. A number of reasons, they tell me: drought, dogs, wool prices, cattle prices, rising fuel costs, more.
The shed in this project was the original shed on the place, which has been replaced with a new modern shed. But the drought has put paid to any effective shearing this season, or last.
Painting this series was difficult. It was hard to see the drought first decimating the feed, then ravaging it, then crisping it to grey almost before my eyes. Visiting over a twelve month period I found that the extra grass I’d put in (artistic license !) made reality look even more bleak. I know this country can recover from such a drought. I was living in Hughenden in the 1980’s and my memory is of only a few days rain in that two year period. I saw how quickly things changed with those few drops of rain. My hope is that the vague promise of grass and rain that I implied in my paintings reflects reality for this district and others in western Queensland, sooner rather than later.
Christine Porter, Winter 2015
Please note that the colour on your screen may not match the actual artwork. Some available framed, others matted. Prices: $500-$4000 To purchase or for more information: contact us by phone or email.
‘Once were Yards’ 2015, Watercolour on paper, 86x40cm
PRIZES: 2015. Winner Inverell Art Prize 2016: Highly commended, Open section, Royal Easter Show, Sydney.
EXHIBITED: 2016 Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition Sydney. Singleton Art Show. “Packsaddle Exhibition” NERAM Armidale. Nudgee Art Show, Brisbane.
Currently on show at Christine’s studio in Lismore.
Shed with tank 2015
watercolour on paper 78 x 16.5cm
watercolour on paper 29x27cm
PRIZES: 2016 Highly Commended, Inverell Art Show; 2015 Highly Commended, Blackall
Concrete Steps 2015
watercolour on paper 29 x27cm
Morning Gate 2015
watercolour on paper 28 x 26.5cm
Afternoon Gate 2015
watercolour on paper 30 x 26.5cm
Slightly inaccurate colour
Wool table (prep sketch) 2015
watercolour and acrylic on paper 18×19.5cm
The new shed 2015
watercolour on paper 37.5 x 12cm
From the cradle to the grave 2015
watercolour on paper 14 x 15cm