Fortune favors the brave – and fantastic surf is just a short paddle away, across a river full full of fins…
“I Live to Ride”, acrylic on canvas, @54×48″, 1988.
I painted this one at the Data Express courier base in Douglas St, South Melbourne.
I had a little studio in the corner of the warehouse and I would paint in between jobs.
Working as a motorcycle courier was my all-time favorite job and I took to it like a duck to water.
“Big Wednesday”, oil on canvas, two panels, @ 48″ x 120″, 1993.
This painting shows a cyclone swell at Manly in 1993. The swell came up from dead flat at dawn to 12-15′ by lunchtime. The only surfable spots on the northern beaches were Fairy Bower, the Queenscliff bommie, North Narra, North Av and South Palmy. This was before tow-surfing was invented.
The best part of this painting is the loving depiction of my trusty FZ750 at bottom left 😉
Contact Grant Forbes at Tigerfish in Torquay for details.
“HM The Queen”, mixed media, @2mx3m, 1993.
This was my entry for the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1993.
It shows Queen Elizabeth sailing up the Yarra River in about 1963.
My sister ate too much fairy floss and got sick.
This is me with some fine young ladies in Prep/Grade 1.
We were the Telstars.