Fading Red Light of The Cross documents the demise of Sydney's notorious Kings Cross as a hotbed of nightlife and entertainment. The body of work captures the current collapse of the red light district, entertainment industry, party culture and hedonistic appeal that have contributed to its infamous image. As Kings Cross continues its makeover into a boutique and ‘beautified’ neighbourhood, Fading Red Light of The Cross presents this transformation as taming of a place that long served as relief valve for society’s wilder side.

Illustrating the impact of long-term gentrification and recent state policies curbing nightlife activity in Kings Cross, the work depicts neon-lit bars, clubs, sex arcade and adult-oriented institutions that have been economically decimated. Signalling the struggle of iconic adult venues on Darlinghurst road, it critiques the social and political measures repressing their place in society. Fading Red Light of The Cross depicts an eclectic cast of local characters who render a sombre mood, as relations between them beckon how the once raucous carnival of smut in Kings Cross has come to a close.



PaintingsDrawings

Death of the 'Golden Mile' (Gentrification)
oil on canvas
153 x 216 cm
2016

Death of the 'Golden Mile' (The Drug Raid)
oil on canvas
153 x 216 cm
2016

Death of the 'Golden Mile' (Desperation and Disdain)
oil on canvas
153 x 216 cm
2016

Death of the 'Golden Mile' (Tripping Stripper)
oil on canvas
153 x 216 cm
2016

Death of the 'Golden Mile'
oil on canvas
153 x 864 cm
2016

Nightwalker on Darlinghurst Road
charcoal on paper
41 x 61cm
2016

Man with Watch
charcoal on paper
61 x 41 cm
2016

Man with Watch II
graphite on paper
61 x 41 cm
2016

Arrest on Victoria Street
grpahite on paper
41 x 61 cm
2016

Rooftop party
graphite on paper
41 x 61 cm
2016