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The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2013

Jody Graham has been selected with work ‘Darlinghurst Police Station’ for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2013.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000 awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject.
NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize award ceremony is on Wednesday 8 May 2013 in the Foundation Court at NSW Parliament House.

Finalist work will be exhibited in the Foundation Court at NSW Parliament House from 1st – 31st May, and will be open to the public 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.
NSW Parliament, Macquarie Street Sydney

The former Darlinghurst Police Station is located behind Taylor Square, sitting on the corner of Bourke and Forbes Street. It is an example of Edwardian architecture built in 1899.

I began drawing this building early in 2012 because of the construction work happening behind it. The contrast between a historical building and new construction attracted me. The police station itself reminds me of something out of a eccentric fairy tale. It appears to have resisted change while tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. This whole site peaks my curiosity both visually and historically. Discreet yet bold, it appears very seductive. I imagine there would be a treasure trove of stories that transpired behind these walls.