Elaine Russell: Untitled, 2006
“Elaine Russell / Born Australia 1941, Kamilaroi people, Untitled (from the Mission series) 2006 (detail), synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 80 x 100 x 8 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2006.” This is probably the first example of Australian Aboriginal art I’ve examined up close, with the exception of a very decorative didgeridoo in my living room.
It comes to me from Thea in Queensland, who writes: “We have just had a new series of stamps showcasing Aboriginal art…. The colours are amazing, and many paintings are done on a huge scale with very intricate dots and stripes. This one is more unusual, being figurative, but shows her life, I think.” If nothing else, the artist’s perspective on her surroundings is absolutely fascinating.