Ingrained from childhood, Ian’s love of the Australian bush has continued to captivate him; evident from his early works through to his present paintings.
Exploring man’s destruction of the environment, Ian’s landscapes evoke a sense of tension and unease, capturing the harsh reality of the land and the inherent battle for survival, juxtaposed with the simplicity of colour and notion of desolation.
Often populated with recurring symbols, the paint surfaces of his works are often heavily rendered, yet retain a quality of softness and warmth. The mysticism of life in the bush is echoed through tree trunks stripped bare, along with farmhouses, dams and windmills positioned in contrast to their surroundings.
Abstracted birds-eye views that read in perspective create tension with the densely painted surfaces. Deserts scored with fences and tracks give way to fallow fields and irrigated pastures, conveying the innate beauty of the landscape.
Oil on canvas – A$800 to $3000
Works on paper – A$400 to $1000