Landscapes of Glowing Splendour

Here is another of my favourite Australian artists – Elisabeth Cummings:

Elisabeth Cummings is one of Australia’s visual art quiet achievers, with a career spanning over 50 years and this major survey, examining her landscape works, is long overdue. Cummings’ landscapes are distinguished by heavily impastoed surfaces and luminous colour, whether depicting the glowing red and yellow ochres of the Pilbara region, the ruggedly spectacular Arkaroola ridges of the Flinders ranges, or the sands of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land. Cummings’ travels are distilled and brought to life in the sanctuary of her idyllic bush studio on Sydney’s outskirts.

– taken from the Australian Art Review






Decoration without Ornamentation

Margaret Preston is one of my all time favourite Australian artist. I love how bold and stylised her work its. Her focus on Australian flora and landscape. Her use of pattern and line. Her strength and individuality. The undeniable influence of the orient. Her shameless appropriation of Indigenous Australian Art. Her call to modernism in a conservative country. Her impulse for decorating…

“Decoration without ornamentation. Enough or too much, one of Preston’s many aphorisms, remained a primary objective and pre-occupation in her work. In 1913 she wrote to Australian artist, Norman Carter: I was very interested to hear of your decorative work – it’s the only thing worth aiming for this century – its really the key note of everything – I’m trying all I know to reduce my still lifes to decorations and I find it fearfully difficult.”