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Title

Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest

2006
2009

Artist

John Walter Wolseley

England, Australia

21 Apr 1938 -

Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
Alternate image of Scrambling, climbing, flying and moving through the Cobboboonee Forest by John Walter Wolseley
  • Details

    Dates
    2006
    2009
    Media categories
    Drawing , Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour, carbonised wood, graphite on sixteen sheets of paper
    Dimensions
    56.0 x 76.0 cm each sheet; 90.0 x 78.0 x 4.3 cm each frame; 246.0 x 324.0 cm frame overall
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "J Wolseley/ 2006".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    52.2015.a-p
    Copyright
    © John Wolseley. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    John Walter Wolseley

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  • About

    This major watercolour comes from a transitional period in John Wolseley’s practice, in which his subjects were moving from ‘dry’ (eg bushfires, deserts) to ‘wet’ (wetlands, swamps). This transition was marked most obviously in his use of materials - charcoal giving way to watercolour - reflecting the nature of his subjects. He described the work thus: ‘… [In this work] I try to describe the experience of moving through a mature forest…… In this case I am in the Cobboboonee forest towards the South Australian border – dragging my feet through the leaf-litter, hands grasping the trunks and branches of the trees, eyes up in the tracery of the branches with the songs of the birds in the air around me. Carbon is present here in all its many forms, exhaled and released in the breath and song of the birds and an air-borne sugar glider, and in the charcoal of burnt branches. And at the same time, inhaled and contained in the miraculous processes of photo-synthesis.’ (‘John Wolslely, Carboniferous’, Sydney: Roslyn Oxley Gallery, 2010).

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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