Allan Chawner spent years photographing the beaches of Newcastle before the June 2007 storms presented him with the ultimate photographic opportunity. The grounding of the bulk carrier, the Pasha Bulker, on Nobbys Beach created an unprecedented public spectacle and tens of thousands of onlookers visited and photographed the ruin. In Pasha wave 2007 Chawner chooses to focus closely on the ocean and the grounded hull of the ship. This image is printed on a massive scale when exhibited and as such underscores the conflict or duel between nature and industry.
Facets of the Bogey Hole (detail) (2010)
My oil paintings are a series of seascapes depicting the iconic and unique imagery of the “Bogey Hole” in Newcastle. I wanted people to be able to visualise the beautiful coastline we have to offer in Newcastle. I wanted to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the “Bogey Hole”. I was inspired by the bold and changing colours of this well know local landscape. I was aiming to create an artwork that was so realistic yet so surreal.
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