Home of infamous nude paiting sells in Sunrise Beach

Home of infamous nude paiting sells in Sunrise Beach

A COASTAL cottage that has been home to an infamous scantily clad lady for the past 14 years has sold on the Sunshine Coast, leaving the damsel without a dress in need of a new home.

Artist Gary Ross sold his property at 97 Orient Drive, Sunrise Beach on January 24 for $1.378 million after being on the market for less than a month.

The three-bedroom Palm Cottage was not only home to Mr Ross and his partner but also Chloe in Noosa, a painting deemed “too rude for Noosa” by the Courier Mail.

Mr Ross painted the artwork in his home studio in 2005, paying homage to Jules Lefebvre’s 1875 Chloe, which hangs in the Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne.

Mr Ross’s Chloe was painted as the same classic nude but she was given a coastal makeover with thongs, beach towel and Laguna Bay backdrop.

The original Chloe caused a fuss when she was unveiled at the National Gallery in Victoria in 1883 and was removed from public display, after complaints about her lack of clothing, until she was hung at Young and Jackson’s in 1909.

Despite being painted more than 100 years later, Ross’s Chloe suffered a similar fate.

Mr Ross said his artwork hung in the Sunshine Beach Surf Club for less than three weeks before complaints about Chloe’s nudity forced the club to remove the painting.

Chloe moved back into Mr Ross’s studio and then his bedroom.

“I wake every morning every morning to a beautiful girl looking down at me,” he said.

The Sunshine Coast artist said the 18-foot ceilings in his bedroom meant there was plenty of room for Chloe to hang in all her glory.

“She was painted to the original size of Chloe in Melbourne so she needs quite a big space to hang,” he said.

Chloe was kept company by many of Mr Ross’s other artworks in the Sunrise Beach cottage that has been a home, studio and private gallery.

Mr Ross said he and his partner built the three-bedroom property in 1974.

“We were one of the first ones here on Orient Drive,” he said.

“We added to (the home) over the years, extending the original cottage to add another studio and another gallery.”

And while the couple have loved their light-filled home, they decided it was time to sell and “head south” to cooler climes.

“I plan to sell Chloe too. I don’t think she’ll fit where we’re going,” Mr Ross said.

“If I can’t sell her, I may have to put a robe on her or move her closer to the fire.”

Selling agent Deni Castle of Ray White Noosa said Palm Cottage was a true one of a kind home.

It is made up of three structures and features a turret, a blue ring octopus fountain, and a fireplace built from bricks from the original kiln of the Cooroy Brickworks.

The home has timber floors, white walls, and black ceilings and is a short walk from the beach along a bush track.

“The home generated a lot of interest and comments but we only showed it to three people,” Ms Castle said.

“It sold to another artist – a well-known artist – who I believe will use it as a retreat.”

The home sold for well above the Sunrise Beach avergae house price of $739,500.

Follow Courtney Todd on Twitter.

Source link