‘Flight into Egypt’

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 ‘Flight into Egypt’ 2007 Oil on Canvas 52 x 92cm 

Inspired by the bush landscape along the Yarra River in Melbourne. As I was painting it, it began to feel like the background of some kind of heroic or biblical story. Hence the title.

About the Iconic Landscape Series

Creeks and their surrounding areas are the inspiration for this Iconic Landscape painting series. Trees in particular move me. I imagine them as a kind of connective tissue that binds and transforms all of nature’s elements. They are the central axis around which everything else is aligned to, hence the emphasis on the vertical. The predominant vertical orientation in these paintings is also related to a desire to express the sacredness of the landscape. You’re forced to look upwards mainly- rather than into. Like a religious icon. Not that I want anybody to worship my paintings!

Other themes in these paintings are the duality of nature, the balance between the masculine and the feminine, layers of the earth, and the idea of the boundary which is constantly shifting, breaking down and re-forming.

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