Title: The Belle & The Bunyip
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 ‘Jamisontown’ South 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 ‘Glenbrook’ gorge. The Mississippi styled faux paddle steamer makes it’s 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 ‘adopted’ brother & sister Becky & Mitchell Chatfield (Gommeroi) via their tiny hand prints wishing the bush landscape upon the river banks.