Collection Day depicts Organs Road in Bulli, New South Wales, about halfway up the steep street looking east, down the hill towards the ocean on a Wednesday morning after the rubbish has been collected. The yellow bins indicate it was a day for recycling collection and the red bins normal household garbage. The bins, with lids flung open, capture the everyday aspect of suburban recycling practice. This loose and lively suburban street scene celebrates the commonplace.
It was painted in late 2010 and then reworked in early 2011. It is painted in oils on marine grade plywood over the top of a painting from 2007 of a factory building in Marrickville, with the title ‘Ming On Trading’ (the name of the building). The first painting was scraped flat with a razor blade and the painting of Organs Road was done over the top.
Landscape and still-life artist John Bokor grew up in Sydney, living and painting in Marrickville from 2002 until 2007. He now lives in Bulli, New South Wales. Bokor has won several art prizes including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and Eutick Memorial Still Life Award.