Elaine Russell: Untitled, 2006

Detail from Untitled (2006) by Elaine Russell

“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.

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4 Responses

  1. Sheila says:

    I must say, I think the colours are stunning! I only rarely get cards from Australia or New Zealand, which is a shame.

  2. Marie says:

    It really is breathtaking.. so vibrant and cheery!

  3. Yeah! This art painting can win the prize and very well painted with lots of efforts and hardships. I’m too painter and can understand your efforts, keep working and painting.

  1. 24 April 2011

    […] me this card “in honor of the didge languishing on (my) wall.”  Yes, it’s true: I have a didgeridoo that I treat as an objet d’art because of my complete inability to make a single note come out of the thing.  I think I just have […]

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