51cm (W) x 51cm (H)
This buubumurr (Gamilaraay for platypus) is a stylised representation of those that I see along the Macintyre River. I chose to do this painting in contemporary bright acrylics as something distinctly different to the traditional ochres. The colour choice makes it a much more lively and interesting work to hang in someone’s home or office to enjoy.
Buubumurr [Platypus]. Ready to hang. 380gsm 100% cotton deep edge stretched canvas. All paints are Atelier Interactive professional artists’ acrylics and all mediums are Atelier.
The dot pattern on the buubumurr’s body shows its bone structure and its two primary sources of energy from the centre of its body and its tail. The outline of the buubumurr was done through plaiting paint with an embossing tool. The background has been painted with natural sea sponges. The aluminium pigment in the silver ripples reflects the light and really highlights the geometry of the water. Care was taken to mix a large range of blues for the bubble streams between the ripples to add interest to the background. Brilliant magenta and brilliant violets were used for the buubumurr to make it stand out in the foreground as the primary feature of the work.
The artwork is secured by 49 strand grade316 stainless steel wire rope, 316grade stainless steel wire rope grips and screw eyes. The back of the artwork is titled, dated, signed and has a unique 5 digit artwork ID number to identify it.
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