Northern Australia

The artist travels frequently to the wilderness of the Kimberley region of North West Australia and Kakadu in the Northern Territory. These trips are undertaken at various times of the year in order to capture the landscape in both the Wet Season, with its dramatic electrical storms, and the grassfires and whirlwinds of the Dry Season. A major series of large paintings was produced as a result.

Exhibited at the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia, November 1997 – April 1998, as part of Extreme Landforms.

The Northern Australian works were made deliberately less rich – this is a bit difficult to explain to anyone whose life revolves around people – imagine a beach with ideal conditions, inviting water, but there is nobody there.  Imagine a remote site that you have once explored – your presence was not normal to it and overloaded it – it still exists at this very minute without you.  This scenario is now tragically rare, but once would have described the whole world.   We are so urbanized that most of us cannot imagine such things.  These paintings attempt to make the viewer a voyeur rather than a participant, as they were with the Antarctic paintings.  So the Northern Australian paintings are deliberately slightly empty, depicting their normal state of not being observed.’

(excerpt from interview)