Old Machinery

'Sunshine Massey Harris' 2013 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter
‘Sunshine Massey Harris’ 2013 watercolour 20x20cm .Sold

An ongoing series of artwork by Australian artist, Christine Porter of the machinery and tools on the sheep and cattle stations across Australia she visits as an artist-in-residence.

'the tractor from before the flood' 2013 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter
Commission a painting of your favourite tractor. Contact Christine image:the tractor from before the flood’ 2013 watercolour 14×15 sold

In the days before machines were made of plastic and computer chips, they were made from cast iron, melted tin and chopped down trees. There’s a permanence about them that suggests a different way of dealing with the world. Nothing was instant, then. It was built to last, and it has. No matter where I travel, I see the remnants of this time; the machines, now redundant, but often-times still usable. Some have been restored. Some are restored moments after I record them. Some are kept in “museum” sheds. Some are left rotting in the paddocks – technically difficult thing to do, but rust valiantly they do. Usually I make one or two paintings in each series of the machinery there. On more than one occasion the machinery and other left-over-bits have become a key motif in the series. This page is about those works. They are a salutation to the iron-craftsmen who created them, the tradesmen who used them, and the historians who value them.
Christine Porter Lismore 2013

available artwork

Each project there are a few paintings of old machinery. At the time of updating this page, Christine is about to present a new body of work. … watch this space. These few works are at Christine’s studio/gallery in Lismore. Please contact us to purchase or to book a studio visit.

'trolley and tin' 2013 watercolour 14x15cm
trolley and tin‘ 2013 watercolour on paper 14 x 15 cm
'Halfway' 2014 watercolour approx 18x10cm. available
Halfway‘ 2014 watercolour approx 18x10cm.

available giclee prints

fordson-2016-giclee-print-on-paper-30x26cm-by-christine-porter
‘Fordson‘ 2016 Giclee print on paper. image size: 20x15cm paper size: 26x30cm  buy Fordson giclee print
in-the-long-yard-2011-giclee-print-on-paper55x57cm-by-christine-porter
‘the long yard’ 2011 Giclee print on paper image size: 35×36.5cm paper size: 55x57cm  Buy long yard giclee print 

available cards

Full Moon Publications has published several cards from Christine’s paintings that feature old machinery.  Buy cards now 

C30 Sunshine Massey Harris
C30 Sunshine Massey Harris. Blank greeting card
C8 Disused Bowser
C8 Disused Bowser Blank greeting card
C35 Out in the paddock
C35 Out in the paddock Blank greeting card
C28 At the pumpshed
C28 At the pumpshed Blank greeting card
C32 Harvesting water
C32 Harvesting water Blank greeting card
C22 Seeder
C22 Seeder Blank greeting card
S10 A different technology. set of 6 rural cards with envelopes in clear cellophane packet.
S10 A different technology. set of 6 rural cards with envelopes in clear cellophane packet.

 

selected archive

These paintings have all been sold

'Machinery' 2013 watercolour14x15cm Christine Porter
machinery under the tree‘ 2013 watercolour on paper 14 x 15 cm Sold.
'the tractor from before the flood' 2013 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter
The tractor from before the flood‘ 2013 watercolour 14x15cm. Sold
'Pa's Shed" 2015 Watercolour 84x35cm Christine Porter
Pa’s Shed‘ 2015 Watercolour on paper 84x 40cm . Prize: 2016 Inverell Art Prize. Sold

'gas engine at the pumpshed' 2013 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter
The gas engine at the pump-shed‘ 2013 watercolour 20x20cm Sold

'Sunshine Massey Harris' 2013 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter
Sunshine Massey Harris‘ 2013 watercolour on paper 20.5 x 20.5. sold

'interior of the pumpshed' 2013 watercolour 21.5x22.5 Christine Porter
The interior of the pump-shed‘ 2013 21x22cm watercolour sold
'Station motors' 2012 watercolour 54x50cm. Sold
Station motors‘ 2012 watercolour 54x50cm. Sold. Winner The Bentley Art Prize 2013
'The back of the press' 2012 watercolour 22x20cm Sold
The back of the press‘ 2012 watercolour 22x20cm Sold