01 Sep 1954 -
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' . 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
oil on canvas
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".
Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Tom Carment
Shown in 1 exhibition
Tom Carment: paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, The Warehouse end of Nicholson Street, Balmain East, 18 Jul 1976–15 Aug 1976