Banded iron, Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park

1520 x 1010mm
Medium Oil on Linen


Painting of banded iron formations found in Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park 2023. Currently available to view at Future Shelter Gallery & Store.

Karijini National Park is a place of extremes. Temperatures range vastly between night and day, from the top of the gorges to the bottom of the water pools. Pale spinifex and reflected sunlight contrast greatly from the deep shadows. An environment of vast scale and remoteness that can offer both overwhelming beauty and extreme risk. My painting reflects these extremes through colour and texture. I wanted to echo the chaotic folded and stratified rock formations by letting the paint colour mix on the canvas. The use of a a palette knife to manipulate the paint surface invites a certain amount of unpredictability to enter my work, in a similar way to how the rocks were formed. The viewer is left with the impression of an ancient landscape that has formed without human intervention, an environment that extends beyond the human timeline.

This is a large scale work that hopes to invites us into this landscape, asks us to embrace the chaos but ultimately leaves us with the same sense of awe that we receive when visiting Karijini.

Karijini NP is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people.