‘Holding Fast’ refers to the utilitarian function of the rope – holding the boat safely to its mooring. I came across this twisted rope when I visited Wollongong Harbour. It was a sunny day and the light falling on it helped to accentuate its girth and complexity. I thought the subject would make an interesting and challenging painting.
About the Artist
A Canberra-based artist and Queanbeyan teacher, Petros Papoulis initially studied at Goulburn C.A.E. He majored in visual arts and graduated in 1976 with a Diploma in Teaching.
He moved to Newcastle and pursued his interest in art by completing a Diploma in Art Education course at Newcastle C.A.E. Petros furthered his art practice by undertaking postgraduate studies at the Newcastle School of Visual and Performing Arts. In 1984 he received his Graduate Diploma in Art, majoring in painting.
His earlier works were assemblage pieces which combined found and made objects. He currently uses a variety of media, with his primary processes being drawing and painting. Petros has exhibited in selected group shows in N.S.W. and the A.C.T. and was a finalist in the 2020 Goulburn Art Award. He has participated in virtual exhibitions and held solo exhibitions in Canberra and Queanbeyan. His drawings, paintings and 3D artworks can be found in a number of private collections in Australia and in the public collection of the Goulburn Mulwaree Council. His work is inspired by people, locations and personal experiences.