Tom Carment

(Australia 01 Sep 1954 – )

Balmain

Location
Not on display
Further information

Tom Carment came to prominence as a painter of Sydney's harbour life and industrial areas in the mid-1970s. For his first solo exhibition in July- August 1976, Carment converted a warehouse next door to his studio in East Balmain into a gallery space. At the time, he explained: 'These pictures were created in a workmanlike environment, and I want to show them in this area, from which they are derived' [1]. One such picture was 'Balmain'; in it, Carment has depicted the old White Bay Power Station peering over a wonky road lined with worker's cottages and telegraph poles with dangly power lines. Also included in Carment’s warehouse exhibition was his painting 'Night road', which was acquired by the AGNSW earlier that year and lent back to the artist for his debut show.

1. Tom Carment quoted in Robert Gray, 'Down among the smokestacks' in SMH, 16 Jul 1976, p 7

Year
1975
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
139.0 x 124.0 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, pencil "T.C. '75".
Signed and dated u.r. verso on canvas, black charcoal ".../ Tom Carment '75".

Credit
Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
566.2018
Copyright
© Tom Carment