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Australian Felix first entered the Australian lexicon in 1836 when explorer Major Mitchell used it to describe the rich pastoral bounds of the Murray River. With felix denoting “lucky” in Latin, the phrase has become synonymous with the impossible tenacity of the Australian landscape and spirit. Jeffrey Makin calls on this gravitas in his portfolio ‘Australian Felix’ – a series of 10 etchings created for World Environment Week, 2004. In collaboration with Port Jackson Press and the Australian Conservation Foundation, these works are an epic voyage across far reaching terrains, from the crisp rainforests of Tasmania to pyretic desserts and saturated bushland in Western Australia. To draw out each landscape’s character, Makin employs specific printmaking techniques, demonstrating an understanding of nature and printmaking born only from total immersion. Makin is Australia’s living heir to the Heidelberg School. He is among the country’s preeminent plein air artists, trekking into the wilderness to distil spirit-of-place. Represented across public collections, he is a compelling addition to collections of landscape art. You will feel lucky when gazing upon ‘Australian Felix’, hand-signed and presented in a solander box.
Jeffrey MAKIN (1943 - )'Australia Felix Portfolio' 2004Etching on paperEdition of 60Image Size: 59 x 41 cm Dimensions: 75 x 56 cm Signed: Signed Makin, titled and editioned in the marginComes with Letter of Provenance
Presented in an Oxford Buckram presentation folder and printed on Magnami Incisioni 300gms paper, comes with title page. Printed by Port Jackson Press in collaboration with Australian Conservation Foundation.
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