Painting “Newstead” 2015-16

‘The Woolroom’ 2015 watercolour on paper 74x54cm Sold Corporate Collection

A series of paintings about the shearing shed at “Newstead” near Inverell in northern New South Wales, where Tom Roberts painted ‘The Golden Fleece’ 120 years ago. The work was exhibited as part of Christine’s major exhibition “Shadowing Tom” at the Inverell Art Gallery in Feb-March 2017. Read More

Inspiration and off-site research

I spent several days late 2014 drawing on site at both the original shed and the “newer” shed on “Newstead”, doing prep drawings that would result in 30 watercolour paintings.  It was hot and quiet in the old shed. This was the most important shed in all of the history of Australian Art … but it didn’t look the same as in Tom Roberts’ time. From that recurring thought came a second body of work about the experience of painting on site  – the engraved perspex shadow boxes and artwork printed from them. Read more

‘The Golden Fleece’ is on permanent show at the New South Wales Art Gallery.  I visited it there, but was also given special access to Tom Roberts’ sketchbooks from Special Collections at the NSW State Library. It was an astonishing experience to handle the small books that he used to prepare his major works. I went to the blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra too, and read everything I could. 

From the outset this was always more than a project about a shed on a hill with a view.The title is about how the word ‘shadowing’ means following, but it also has connotations of being IN someone’s shadow. The off-site research added an unexpected dimension; the size of the exhibition space gave me room to move; the sheer unadulterated awe I felt for Tom Roberts spurred me on even more. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to waste it. 

Artwork

Most of the paintings in this series have sold into corporate and private collections from Sydney to London. Those still available are hanging in Christine’s studio in Lismore. (visit by appointment)

Available Artwork

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Contact Christine directly if you are interested in any of these works. Prices range from $300-1850 depending on size and framed state.

‘Horizon View’ 2015 watercolour 63×18.5cm
” The Old shed from the east” 2015 watercolour on paper 63×18.5 cm
‘Handpiece’ 2016 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm

 

‘On the front of the press’ 2016 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm
‘Std Pcs’ 2016 watercolour 16.5x11cm
‘New shed from the east’ 2015 watercolour 45×14.5cm
‘Oilcan’ 2016 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm
‘Single stand’ 2016 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm
‘New shed from the west’ 2015 watercolour 38×14.5

 

‘Engine room at the old shed’ 2016 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm

 

Selected Archive

These paintings have sold. Click on the thumbnail to see full image.

‘One race’ 2015 watercolour 44.5×38.5cm Sold
‘Old shed from the north’ 2015 watercolour 70x28cm. Sold
‘Two trees at the shed’ 2015 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm Sold UK
‘Looking out’ (expert’s boxes) 2016 watercolour 44.5×38.5 Sold
‘Looking south’ (interior) 2016 watercolour 44.5×38.5cm. Sold
‘Engine room’ 2016 watercolour 16.5×16.5 Sold
‘The woolroom’ 2016 watercolour 74x54cm Sold
‘Press from the board’ 2016 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm Sold
‘Newstead’ 2016 watercolour 74x54cm. Sold
‘Shed from the south east’ 2016 watercolour 63×18.5cm.Sold
‘Dusk’ 2016 watercolour 70x44cm. Sold
“Shed from over the hill ” 2015 watercolour on paper 74x54cm Sold
‘Corrugated Iron’ 2015 watercolour 16.5×16.5. Sold
‘Two races’ 2016 watercolour 50x48cm Sold
‘Central Alleyway’ 2015 watercolour 74x54cm Sold UK
‘The empty board’ 2015 watercolour21x18cm Sold