Tuesday, April 5, 2016

State Library of Victoria Acquisitions

The State Library of Victoria has recently acquired four of my racecourse paintings, which was quite a thrill, since it's one of the great cultural institutions in the country. It also means that eight of my paintings now have a home at the Library.

All the paintings were done on site, except the running rails, which were done in the studio. The Flemington Racecourse from the Old Grandstand took 39 sittings, and it's a view around the entire circumference of the course.

The Old Grandstand will be replaced in the near future, so the view in the painting will become an historical one. The open air condition of the grandstand will be changed to a glass enclosure, which will be a very different experience for members.

In case you might be curious, the horse statue in two of the images is the great mare Maybe Diva, the only horse to have won three Melbourne Cups.

 Flemington Racecourse from the old Grandstand, 2014, oil on linen, 213.5 x 81 cm

 Flemington Racecourse, 2012, oil on linen, 71.5 x 122.5 cm

 The Straight Six, 2011, oil on wood, 45 x 50 cm

Caulfield Racecourse, 2013, oil on linen, 71.5 x 91.5 cm