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In trying to define a feeling
of a painter in a scene
on a headland, by the sea
is an attempt to trawl from memory
and sing and kiss
then dance and cry
I was in some lyrical mess
when the light fell hard through the cracks of tight bush
doused in the groggy weight of history
the painter hits every rock
and every fable
Down the Awabakal trail
This painting was made in my studio in Newcastle, which is perched on a headland hard on the coast. To my left is developed suburbia, surf culture and a view of the city. To my right is national park and a desolate unpatrolled beach in which the Awabakal people are the traditional land owners. The juxtaposition is quite profound. This work is about that conversation.
- James Drinkwater, 2014