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.
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