I am old enough to remember Port Jackson and the City of Sydney as a bustling and at times rather grimy place. The air quality was often poor and smelled of diesel and coal smoke and the sight of ships, tugs and ferries was a constant reminder of the city’s primary function. Sadly, as a result of containerisation the Harbour’s industrial buildings have either been demolished or subverted for uses far removed from their original functions, and while great environmental advances have been made, Port Jackson has become almost completely recreational. Memories of an older Australia prompted by these architectural remnants provide an emotional appeal that runs very deep and has fuelled my work for many years.
Jeff Rigby has been painting the landscape of Sydney, both natural and man-made, since graduating from the National Art School in 1974.
His work is held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the State Library of New South Wales, Parliament House, Canberra, Manly Art Gallery, Launceston Art Gallery, the Kedumba Drawing Collection and many private collections.
He has been represented by the Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, since 1997.
Jeff Rigby appears courtesy of the Robin Gibson Gallery.