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Title

Walcha III

2013

Artist

Ross Laurie

Australia

1961 -

  • Details

    Date
    2013
    Media categories
    Drawing , Collage
    Materials used
    ink, charcoal, pastel, collage on board
    Dimensions
    120.0 x 137.5 cm board
    Signature & date

    signed verso u.r., pencil "ROSS LAURIE".

    Credit
    Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    77.2015
    Copyright
    © Ross Laurie

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  • About

    Ross Laurie lives and works on a cattle and sheep property farmed for generations by his family at Walcha, on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. This landscape of his birth and memory infuses his art and remains its fundamental inspiration.

    Laurie’s work is concerned with questions of pictorial space, colour and form. His drawings do not capture a ‘view’ in the traditional sense, but rather try to express a sense of the landscape as it is felt and experienced.

    ‘Walcha III’ is from his ‘Walcha’ series of four drawings. They were made over three seasons, from autumn until spring, times of rain and drought, sunlight and fog. Elements in the drawings – such as multiple horizon lines, organic shapes, light and colour – can all be found in the Walcha landscape: in the garden’s blossoms, the rich ochres of the earth, the orange and grey of lichen and moss, as well as the shadowy folds and open vistas of hills and valleys, the distinctive v-shaped trunks of stringybarks, and the groves of ornamental poplars and noxious blackberry. ‘My work feels like the bush around here’ says Laurie. ‘It is unkempt – there is a messiness and order at the same time’.

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