Thursday, May 27, 2010
At the beginning of this year, I destroyed many of my works – including a few I didn't own – in an act of self-negating despair. Others were lost with the closure of the two studios in which I had worked for the past two and a half years. Among them were a score of acrylic studies. Rich in colour, with exacting line-work, they were beautifully rendered versions of my most recent series of enamel paintings. In each, the image was reduced to a uniform dimension of approximately 60cms by 40cms on heavyweight, Italian-made, cold-pressed paper.I was reminded of how much I miss these works when, last month, Melbourne Art Rooms (aka MARS Gallery) included three gallery-owned studies of my early paintings in a group exhibition of works on paper. Priced at $A6,000.00, two were sold on opening night. Over the past couple of years, a dozen or so other studies, all of them early works, have found their way into the local secondary market, priced between $A4,000 and $A6,500 apiece. However, the majority are held in a private collection in Adelaide.I have long since given up trying to buy back my favourites.Several recent requests from collectors have prompted me to re-paint the lost studies for three of my most recent series, Cowboy Babes (2001-2008), Dangerous Career Babes (2008-2009), Precious Blood (2009), and, of course, the new Big Pin-Ups (2010). I am calling these studies Renewed Originals. Only one of each has been produced in acrylic (the image is again 60cms by 40cms) on a more generous expanse of heavyweight cold-pressed paper. Each is titled, signed and dated 2010 on the front. They are 'one-off' and no more of the same image will be produced in the future.Given that these are not the original studies – even if they are now the only versions on paper available – they will be offered for a very limited time for a significantly lower price than the current market value for studies of earlier series. If you're interested in acquiring one or more, please email me for further information, indicating the work – or works – that most interest you. Please note that none will be reserved and all will be sold on a 'first come, first served' basis. Photo: Three early acrylic on paper studies by Hazel Dooney, from a private collection, exhibited at MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, in April, 2010.