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139 Beaumont St
Hamilton, NSW, 2303
Australia

Gallery 139  | Art Gallery 

2018 Exhibitions

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ANZAC WALK by PAUL MAHER


install view inc. drawing courtesy of EJE Architecture / Northrop

ANZAC WALK
Paul Maher 

THURS 25 OCT - SUN 4 NOV 2018

Official opening: Saturday 27 OCtober, 2-4pm
Beer kindly sponsored by @murraysbrewing

This recent series of paintings inspired by the landscape Paul Maher first sees from his bedroom window each morning; the ridgeline linking Newcastle’s coastal suburbs back to the city and harbour. This distinctive skyline has been recently altered to bear the Anzac Walk balanced precariously along the coastline.

Maher can see the Bridge from the front room of his house in Hamilton South. “It looks like a toy,” he says and in many respects it is a kind of play-thing at the hands of this artist. In some canvases its sweeping girth dominates; in others it recedes into or glints from the background just as it’s seen from the artist’s house. While mindful of what the Bridge commemorates, Maher is also careful not to play into cliché. The Bridge has already become an icon of Newcastle and a significant tourist attraction. Generally it is a lookout platform to be photographed on or to photograph from rather than being itself the photograph’s subject.

excerpt from Memorial Drive written for Maher's exhibition at John Hunter Hospital by Maurice O'Riordan, former editor of Art Monthly Australia magazine from 2008 to 2013 and director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin 2013 to 2017.

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - golden age 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125cm $1100.00

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - pines 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125cm $1100.00

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - moon rising 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125cm PURCHASED

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - downhill 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125cm $1100.00

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - lowdown 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125 cm PURCHASED

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - Gondwona 2018 oil on canvas 80 x 120cm PURCHASED

Paul Maher Anzac Walk - bridge 2018 oil on canvas 85 x 125cm PURCHASED

Paul Maher Anzac Walk to Shepherd's Hill 2017 oil on canvas 76 x 115cm PRIVATE COLLECTION

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