dimensions72 x 56
mediumoil on board (diptych)
Artist Statement & Bio
During the Covid-19 lockdown while walking with his family around his local neighbourhood, Simon started to notice the beauty within his immediate landscape. Since March, Simon has refocussed his creative energies into capturing these hidden ‘everyday’ gems within his postcode.
Caravan was his first painting in a series of around 20+ new works. This work captures part of the essence of what is the Australian suburban landscape, a semi abandoned caravan parked in
a suburban front yard. Comments from friends abroad confirm Simon’s reasoning that our local landscape, the one we grow up in, helps develop our sense of Australian identity.
Simon McGrath holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design (COFA). Simon is perhaps best known for his Sculpture by the Sea installation of a giant tap titled ‘Who left the tap running?’ for which he won the Sydney Water Environmental Prize in 2011. Simon has also won the Arte Laguna ‘Special Prize’ of a one-month residency in Carlo Zauli Museo in Italy. Simon has exhibited in numerous other prizes and exhibitions, including being a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize five times. More information on Simon and his art is available at www.simonmcgrath.com.au