synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
36.0 x 51.0 cm
Direct from the artist, ACTExhibited
Transculturation: Sublime and Surreal Encounters of First Contact in the Antipodes, May 2017, Coo-ee Art GalleryStory
A unique intimate rendition of a perfect scene of the Awabakal natives fishing in a bark canoe 1819, on the hunter Newcastle. There has always been a debate to Whether the original artist of this image Richard Browne was consciously paintings a caricature., or just an inexperienced artist that struggled with realism. Never the less this style evokes as sense of awkwardness in portraying the new. On the other hand colonial artist Joseph Lycett painted many dramatic well resolved paintings in Newcastle 1924 of the ways of the indigenous people. Particularly recognisable are his dark atmospheric skies which Helen has referenced in this painting.