Flatbed Truck, 2007
oil on canvas
137 x 112cms
signed lower right
Provenance: Pivotal Galleries, Melbourne
“Many years ago, I was idly following a truck on my way to work - when I looked at it, I saw its size and compositional strength within the confines of the country road were stupendous... I then felt utterly compelled to capture and paint trucks…my truck paintings have nothing to do with Jeffrey Smart.
With ‘Flatbed Truck’, 2007 I just caught a shot of a truck accelerating away from some lights, with that perfect 'Oversize' sign. The wrapped-up box was on top of a shipping container at a Motor Wreckers. The two images came together with a third image, a backstreet in Adelaide…The woman disappearing into the building was just crossing the road outside the Art Gallery of SA”. Elizabeth Doidge
Elizabeth Doidge was born in the UK in the late 1940’s. She completed a DipAD with honours at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, UK in 1968 but then stopped painting - exhausted after her effort in being accepted into London’s Royal College of Art. In 1983 she migrated to Australia with her accountant husband and year-old son. In 1990 she started painting again picking up where she left off at Art School.
Since then she has been exhibiting successfully despite her slow output - producing on average 8 works a year (each carefully documented and recorded).