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James Pasakos – Resident Artist

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(Tugboat Drift, James Pasakos. Drypoint on aluminium. 15 x 20cm)

Both the Streeton family and QG&W felt it was of most importance that Streeton Prints was realised for the public. Additionally, QG&W takes this unique opportunity to inform the general public on the ‘influence’ and ‘inspiration’ Sir Arthur Streeton has left behind over the past century.

To demonstrate this, QG&W will host nine artists who will work in the gallery during the exhibition. The artists’ methods, their approach and specific ways in which Sir Arthur Streeton has impacted their signature style will form the secondary purpose for the Streeton Prints exhibition.

James’s Statement

I fondly recall Streeton’s works early in my career as a university student. When visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, I was fortunate to view some of Streeton’s paintings, prints and drawings on exhibit. The ‘en plein air’ paintings were extraordinary at capturing light – an Australian light that I could relate to. His drawings and prints were wonderfully rendered and drawn. At the time I recall that I could feel the artist sketching away, studying moments of his keen interest and surroundings. It was an inspiration at the time.

However, it was his European works that I was drawn to. His London works were wonderful – the ‘Chelsea Barges’ and the works of Venice for example, ‘Sunrise of Santa Maria della Salute’ and others that lifted to me to a solid appreciation of the artist and his works. Streeton’s works drew me to the Melbourne Docks at a local level, and I continued to visit and ponder his work, often finding similarities in tone, light, and atmosphere.

I have been invited by QG&W to be an artist in residence and this excites me. During my residency, I will create prints of the surrounding areas of Queenscliff and create works based on the Docklands of Melbourne and other urban landscapes of interest. I will hope to capture a sense of beauty, a sense of atmosphere in these works and present a general appreciation of the landscape.

Resident artists’ information: Joel Wolter Mar 3 – 6 | Philip Davey Mar 8 – 13 | Emmy Mavroidis Mar 15 – 20 | Adam Nudelman Mar 22 – 27 | Amanda Firenze Mar 29 – Apr 3 | Michelle Joy Caithness Apr 5 – 10 | Soula Mantalvanos Apr 12 – 17 | Andrew Weatherill Apr 19 – 24 | James Pasakos Apr 26 – 30.

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