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Claire Martin Park ViewTitle
Park View

Location
In storage

Place of origin
New South Wales, Australia

Year
2009

Media
Painting

Medium
Acrylic on linen

Dimensions
122 x 152 cm

Credit
Winner Calleen Art Award 2010

Accession number
CAL2010

Excerpt from The Calleen Collection by Peter Haynes (2019)

Claire Martin is a Newcastle-based artist with a substantial local reputation. She exhibits with Gallery 139 in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton, and has been in group exhibitions at the S.H.Ervin Gallery in Sydney (2012) and the Maitland Regional Art Gallery (2012). She is represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection and was in the exhibition Grisaille: Shades of grey held in that Gallery early in 2018.

Park View demonstrates the artist’s considerable skill with its beautiful use of chiaroscuro to evoke place and mood. She has selected an unusual viewpoint given her titular subject-matter viz. the sea view from the park. The majority of the picture plane is filled with the grassed area of the park that adjoins the path that runs along the cliff edge overlooking the ocean at Point Lonsdale in Victoria.

The park is broken by the tree trunks. Their foliage while visually absent is present in the shadows that fall across and over the grass. The white strip of the path and the fence beside it closes off the park from the top of the painting. Here the bright blue of the sea is paired with the lighter blue of the sky to form the background of the image. More trees populate the spatial band directly behind the fence, their scraggly branches and fluffy foliage a contrast to the horizontal sweep of sea and sky. The large swathe of green (the park) occupies almost three quarters of the total picture plane and dominates the overall composition both with its colour and the nuanced chiaroscuro referred to above. This is less landscape than exemplary lesson in tonal painting.