Meet the Artist: Saturday 15th May, 11am – 2pm
This new body of work is a definitive reflection of this artist’s appreciation and love of Australia’s magnificent, unique landscape. Ochre manages to capture the harsh yet beautiful isolation of the outback in bold form and muted, earthy, colourful lines. There’s a richness and vibrancy to this work that truly condenses and communicates the spirit of the outback with a contemporary perspective.
“The word ‘landscape’ and what it means as a painting genre doesn’t accurately reflect how I feel about being in the Australian bush. When I walk through the Australian wilderness landscape, I see an interior habitat full of intimate places made up of myriad homes for different animals and plants. The diversity of plant and animal communities continues to change as I move through, each, a place unto itself and each place, somewhere I could stay a while. Like Mungo, Mutawintji National park (the first Aboriginal owned National park in Australia) also appears barren and forsaken from the outside. However, once I walked into the landscape and through the red rock gorges, I realised there was an interior landscape full of intimate places protected from the harsh Australian sun, places where humans and animals can survive and have survived for thousands of years before colonisation and climate change.”
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