Exhibition - "On Reflection"

A display of acrylic painting on canvas and oil stick on French handmade paper.

 

Still Waters
Still Waters

120 x 100 cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Slow Waters
Slow Waters

112 x 98 cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Quiet Reflection
Quiet Reflection

100x120cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Between the Gums
Between the Gums

150x100 cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Rainforest Pool
Rainforest Pool

100x120 cms by Denise Campbell- Available

Transformation
Transformation

100x100cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Sandstone Wall
Sandstone Wall

60x50cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Rugged Beauty
Rugged Beauty

60x50 cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

To the Inland Sea
To the Inland Sea

120x70cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Cascade
Cascade

60x50cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Quiet Reflection
Quiet Reflection

120x100cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Autumn Colours
Autumn Colours

120x70 cms by Denise Campbell- Available

Taking Flight
Taking Flight

150x100 cms by Denise Campbell - Available

Tropical Waters 2
Tropical Waters 2

50x50cms by Denise Campbell - Sold

Tropical Waters 1
Tropical Waters 1

50x50cms by Denise Campbell- Available

Acrylic painting on canvas

 

Artist's statement

 

If we go there

If we go there and listen

We will hear the voice of the eternal

The eternal says that we are at the beginning of time

David Ireland - A Woman of the Future (Penguin, 1980)

 

 

When reflecting on my travels―in particular on the aerial flights I’ve taken throughout Outback Australia―I have always been drawn to landscapes of arid, red dust. However, a recent field trip to Kakadu and the Far North has prompted me to reflect upon both the seasonal and unusual changes in the nature and beauty of our landscape. The transformation comes courtesy of torrents of water flowing over the land, when rivers run, waterholes and billabongs fill and, following rain, red sands mirror a huge blue sky.

 

It seems our Outback land is either desert or deluge. The landscape can burn one moment and, seemingly in the next, weep to overflowing.

 

The landscapes in this exhibition are an expression of my reflections and my response to the transformation of landscape. I see the land as a sanctuary with special places for meditation—even the meandering pace at which the water flows offers itself for contemplation. In another time and place, the land appears confronting and mysterious.

 

The effect nature can have on us is so well expressed by poet James McAuley: ‘the wattle scatters pollen on the doubting heart’. Of course, the voices of the landscape speak differently to each of us but, for me, they deliver a peace that is powerful, precious and inspiring. Listening can lift the spirits and refresh the soul.

 

Denise Campbell, 2010

 

Oil stick on French handmade paper

 

In pastures green
In pastures green

In pastures green 124 x 73 cm

I will follow you
I will follow you

I will follow you 124 x 73 cm

Spinifex walk
Spinifex walk

Spinifex walk 124 x 73 cm

The way home
The way home

The way home 124 x 73 cm

Jamberoo
Jamberoo

Jamberoo 142 x 73 cm

Through red sands
Through red sands

Through red sands 124 x 73 cm

Tanami Grasses
Tanami Grasses

Tanami Grasses 124 x 73 cm

Heading north
Heading north

Heading north 74 x 56 cm

Spring
Spring

Spring 73 x 124 cm

Wildflower wlak
Wildflower wlak

Wildflower walk 73 x 124 cm