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Imants Tillers Prayer for rain

synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 54 canvas boards

227 x 212 cm

A flower meadow is an unusual subject for an Australian landscape – we are more familiar with the harsh realities of fire, drought and flood. Yet such gentle, quiet and fecund places exist on our continent – notably in the subalpine areas of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. And indeed proximity to the summer meadows of the Kosciusko National Park was one of the reasons I moved with my family to Cooma, 25 years ago. But here the meadow of daisies is also a metaphor for the self. So we pray: ‘MINE THOU LORD OF LIFE, SEND MY ROOTS RAIN’.

Imants Tillers, 2020