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Heysen Range from Walkandi Peak, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

©2013-15 Grant Da Costa


Canberra and Surrounds - October 2015 - Page 5


National Gallery of Australia…continued


Right: Big Crocodile, 1992, by Djambu Burra Burra. Roper River, South-east Arnhem Land. Paint on canvas.

Aboriginal Galleries

Left: Mt Hermannsburg, 2011, by Elton Wirri. Hermannsburg, Northern Territory. Watercolour on paper. The painting is obviously inspired by the work of Albert Namatjira, of which the Gallery has some fine examples.

Right: 200 hollow log ceremonial coffins from Central Arnhem Land, 1988. Marking 200 years of European settlement. The path imitates the course of the Glyde River. The coffins are situated broadly according to where the artists’ clans live along the river and its tributaries.

Sydney Nolan Gallery

Left: this gallery houses Sydney Nolan’s famous Ned Kelly series.

Right: Death of Constable Scanlon, painted 1946. “He was in the act of firing again when Ned Kelly fired, and Scanlon fell from his horse and died almost immediately.”

About the painting Sydney Nolan wrote: “In a sudden, violent accident time seems to stand still… the levitated horse and constable increase the unreality of violent events. Kelly seems to be present only as a force of destiny.”

Art of East Asia

Chinese horses from three different galleries. Horses from Central Asia were highly prized. Accordingly, they became important grave ceramics and their presence in tombs was vital  to accompany the deceased on the journey to the afterlife. Below left: Han Dynasty pottery horse (206 BC to 220 AD). Below centre: 8th century Tang Dynasty. Earthenware with three colour glaze. Below right: 6th century Sui Dynasty.  Earthenware with glaze and painted decoration.