An image of Eddy Avenue (3)

Nicholas Harding

(Australia 1956 – )

Eddy Avenue (3)

Not on display
Further information

The subject of this drawing is Sydney’s Central Station. Harding began with photographs and rough ‘thumbnail’ sketches in order to develop the composition before embarking on the final drawing, in various tones of ink, in his studio.
He describes his method of making the drawing thus:

'Two sheets of … paper are glued together using (an) adhesive. The machinepressed surface of the paper is too hard and resistant to absorption so I ‘skin’ it to reveal the soft stratum of paper beneath. Drawing commences using a square-tipped palette knife, emery cloth and a broken palette knife that operates both as a large square nib and as a correction tool. As the drawing progresses correction occurs by rubbing back through the drawing to reveal the white paper surface, ready to receive fresh mark-making and tone. Everything moves around until both a compositional tension and a synthesis of materials and content occurs.' (Nicholas Harding, 2001).

This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2001 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2001.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
brush and black ink, torn and abraded paper on two sheets of laminated white wove paper
132.4 x 149.0 cm sheet; 146.0 x 160.5 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "harding". Not dated.

Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2001
Accession number
© Nicholas Harding