Sunday, March 21, 2010
Ready For It?
I am coming to the end of my seventh week in the clinic. Like a prisoner, I've been marking the passage of the days by in my diary but I've lost track of what's been happening in the outside world.On Thursday, this week, Menzies Art Brands will offer yet another of my early enamel on canvas paintings, Every-Ready (Fresh Out Of Bed) as part of an auction titled Important Fine Art at its Sydney saleroom, 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington. The auction, which will also feature works by some of Australia's greatest painters, including Sidney Nolan, Brett Whitely, Jeffrey Smart and Arthur Streeton, will start at 6.30 pm.I painted the relatively small (105cms x 143cms) Every-Ready in 1998, just as I was beginning to figure out what I was trying to do – and, more importantly, say – as an artist. Unlike most of my work from this period, I still have a sneaking regard for it, maybe because it has elements of ideas that emerge again, more fully developed, half a decade later. Curiously, it was the first of my paintings to snatch a glimpse (so to speak) of a persistent personal fetish that would eventually insinuate itself as a repetitive, humorous element into later work: pink panties.