Near Barossa is a copper plate, hard ground etching using a second cardboard plate for the colour. The image is 6.6 cms x 6.8 cms in size, hand printed on acid free paper in a limited edition of five.
The image is based on the landscape to the eastern side of the Barossa Valley wine growing region in South Australia. It developed from a sketching day I took in and around the Valley on a hot dry day in summer and that 'atmosphere' I aimed to express with the black line work contrasting with the warm, dry colour.
The print also reflects my two main artistic influences - Van Gogh and Japanese woodblock prints. I especially like Van Gogh's drawings especially those he drew in Arles. I like to explore the lines and marks I can make scratching into the hard ground on copper to express the quality of the landscape rather than a direct realistic representation.
The simplified mostly flat areas of colour used by Japanese woodblock printers I also like to use in my work. In this case the one single colour is used to capture not only the warmth and dryness of this scene but of the Australian landscape in general.
As the curators pick this edition of prints will be for sale in the Martinart gallery at 20% off until Saturday 17 August 2019 or until sold out. Postage and handling is included in the price.
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