I'm excited to submit my new artwork Two Brave Souls, Cabarita to the Border Art prize, which is held every second year at the Tweed Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah. It marks a key change in my approach to painting and style from my previous and current work practice. Yes, it's black and white like most of my work, I love to capture the atmosphere and mood of a story taking place. This piece was created from watching 2 "ballsy" surfers paddling out at Cabarita during a large swell in late 2017, normally the waves would come in and break from the point but the swell was so large during a low-mid tide it was breaking before the headland allowing the surfers to ride left and right. There was this epic streak of white water pouring to the beach, off-shore wind, almost perfect stormy conditions and these two guys were paddling out through the pounding waves in the early morning, it gave me a great abstract viewpoint from the headland to create a unique composition and capture this event balancing tones of black and white, a battle of white water and swell. I love capturing narratives or moments like these, tracing back to my own surf experiences its a way of storytelling a time and place, as many surfers would say, they always remember their first barrel or that time they surfed the point at Caba.
Two brave souls, Cabarita - 2018
Acrylic on canvas
62 x 62 cm
Framed in a Tasmanian oak frame, ready to hang.
The official Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Winners will take place at M¦Arts Precinct on Saturday 26 May from 5.00-7.00pm.
The selection at Tweed Regional Gallery can be previewed on Friday night 25 May from 6.00-8.00pm alongside the official opening of two new exhibitions: Curtain Call - Andrew Antoniou and Subdivision - Georgie Maddox.