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Title

Walcha III

2013


Artist

Ross Laurie

Australia

1961 -


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’.


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


Artist information

Ross Laurie

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Anne Ryan, Drawing out: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014, 'Ross Laurie', pg. 32-37, Sydney, 2014, 36, 37 (colour illus., detail), 95.