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Clifton Pugh is an iconic Australian artist and environmentalist. In 1954, he travelled across the Nullarbor with his friend Noel Macainsh, realising:
“the boundless extent of a land, paradoxically both harsh and delicate, together with the illimitable space above it.”
This perception of the land as a vessel for time, humanity and spirituality underlies both his art and environmentalism. Three years before visiting the Nullarbor, Pugh purchased land at Cottles Bridge: the eventual site of the artist’s community ‘Dunmoochin’.
Instrumental in Australia’s conservation movement, the Dunmoochins worked to regenerate the land, witnessing first hand the degradation caused by feral animals. In this golden original etching, Pugh’s adoration for the land is clear. Bulbous tree roots rear in splattered marshland, as the artist looks from above, leaving the palette monotonal.
Fellow artist James Gleeson once described Pugh’s bushland as a battlefield between native and introduced species. Here however, the scene is undisturbed: it is as though he is warning of environmental threat through paying tribute to its preciousness.
Across his career, Pugh won the Archibald Prize twice, was made an Officer of Order of Australia in 1985 and in 1990 was appointed Australia’s War Memorial’s official artist at the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. His contributions to art were uncompromising, unique and bracing. Clifton PUGH (1924 - 1990)'Tangled Myrtle'EtchingEdition of 60Image Size: 30 x 35 cm Dimensions: 38 x 56 cm Signed: Lower rightComes with Letter of ProvenanceWork of art illustrated is a representative work from the edition. Any number from the edition may be supplied.Availability: in stockCondition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.© The Artist or Assignee
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