Dyarubbin (‘Nerean’River)



Title: The Belle & The Bunyip

Date: 1998

Media: Synthetic polymer paint on MDF board

Dimensions: 183 x 244cm


This piece is the one of two (of 10) remaining large boards from my first commercial painting foray. Painted in my quasi studio space kindly offered by the tenant of an industrial unit in JamisontownSouth Penrith. The entire suite were a commentary on the surrounding of which I had evolved. In this instance, the Nepean River(Dyarubbin) and the famed floating restaurant the Nepean Belle.

The view West from the M4 motorway bridge toward Glenbrookgorge. The Mississippi styled faux paddle steamer makes its way up the river and in its wash are the Dharug eel spirits. Flying above is the totem of Pemmulwuy(the Raven). This piece was aided with the small hand prints of my adoptedbrother & sister Becky & Mitchell Chatfield (Gommeroi) via their tiny hand prints wishing the bush landscape upon the river banks.