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Full Astern by Jack Vaughan – Circular Quay: buffer stop, water and ferry wake. I’m fascinated with those huge timber buffers installed at Circular Quay in Sydney. They’re really visceral and muscular, especially when a ferry arrives that little bit strongly and the captain throws her into full reverse, with the scream and groan of the massive buffer boards and the deep thump of the props underfoot.

The buffers help dock the ferry quickly and stop it steaming off down Pitt Street. I love the geometry of the huge timber buttresses that prop up them up, too.

I was tempted to paint what was really there: the coffee cups, orange peels and other flotsam and jetsam. After all, that’s the reality.

I painted these things on an acetate cell to test including them in the painting. But I found it completely changed the message. It suddenly screams conservation and protest, even if you don’t intend that.

Is it art’s job to depict, or idealise? I guess it’s an eternal question.

Giclee print on canvas, limited edition print run 1 of 200. Shipped as rolled canvas. Original work is oils on marine plywood.

Full Astern Ltd Ed Print

Jack Vaughan

AUD$650
Size: 92.8w x 61.0h cms
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Limited Edition (100) Giclee print on unstretched canvas

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Full Astern by Jack Vaughan – Circular Quay: buffer stop, water and ferry wake. I’m fascinated with those huge timber buffers installed at Circular Quay in Sydney. They’re really visceral and muscular, especially when a ferry arrives that little bit strongly and the captain throws her into full reverse, with the scream and groan of the massive buffer boards and the deep thump of the props underfoot.

The buffers help dock the ferry quickly and stop it steaming off down Pitt Street. I love the geometry of the huge timber buttresses that prop up them up, too.

I was tempted to paint what was really there: the coffee cups, orange peels and other flotsam and jetsam. After all, that’s the reality.

I painted these things on an acetate cell to test including them in the painting. But I found it completely changed the message. It suddenly screams conservation and protest, even if you don’t intend that.

Is it art’s job to depict, or idealise? I guess it’s an eternal question.

Giclee print on canvas, limited edition print run 1 of 200. Shipped as rolled canvas. Original work is oils on marine plywood.

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