Southerly Bondi 2016/17

Richard Rosebery


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This commissioned work is entitled ‘Southerly Bondi’ – a hyper realist painting, acrylic on canvas 100 x 217 cm. I was working on this project for over a year.

The client wanted “every building recognisable”! This work offers extreme detail, being a miniature on a massive scale. Painted from the vantage of the northerly headland of Ben Buckler, it provides an unusual view of Bondi Beach with a Southerly Buster sweeping in over this cityscape. It is impossible to see the detail in one image so I have also attached a series of relatively close-up images of the painting further below.

Bondi Panorama, 2015, charcoal on paper, 21 x 53 cm.

From initial plein air sketches from the client’s Ben Buckler waterfront apartment, I painted a 59.4 x 84.1 cm study – see above and below. I returned several more times to the apartment to collect reference photographs.

Bondi Beach Study, 2015, acrylic on paper, 57.5 x 76.5 cm

I found the painting a challenge involving detailed work, and I resigned myself to the slow process of precise geometric painting of the more than 100 buildings and many more trees. Thankfully I often enjoyed the works’ mediative aspects.

The other images below help to see the detail inherent in this work. Southerly Bondi is designed to draw the viewer in, with more and more detail the closer you approach the painting. The many people, cars, trees, shops and restaurants offer Bondi stories.

The client is thrilled with the work.

Southerly Bondi, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 217 cm.

Southerly Bondi detail: a uniquely Eastern Australia climatic event, the classic Southerly Buster is a strong cold front with often a perpendicular cloud formation sweeping up from the NSW South Coast.

Southerly Bondi detail 2: the painting is a moment in time – the summer of 2015. Buildings now replace the cranes and there are different murals along the promenade.

Southerly Bondi detail 3: people are leaving the beach, as wind and surf grow stronger. Trees and bushes sway.

Southerly Bondi detail 4: cars depart and an ambulance waits.

Southerly Bondi detail 5: centre stage a surf rescue is in progress as a tourist is caught in the infamous North Bondi rip!

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