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Utopia Aboriginal Artist Lindsay Bird
Utopia Aboriginal Artist Lindsay Bird

Lindsay Bird

Campsite Dreaming
Cat. No. 0027
Acrylic on Canvas, Year 1996
90 x 128 cm (35" x 50")
AUD 8,800
Lindsay created this painting in the prime of his artist career in about 1996. It's one of the best pieces I have seen viewing his art in many Australian and international galleries. The story is the same but the execution is unique. The stories Lindsay usually depicts in his contemporary paintings tell about life in the endless desert of Central Australia. To find water and food meant the difference between life and death for the people of this country and Lindsay some 15 years ago showed me a number of rock holes with underground water in an otherwise bare and dry part of his country. In his paintings we see motifs of concentric circles (waterholes and rock holes) and meandering lines (trails of ancestors) between them. There are paintings that tell of the creation of the water and rock holes in the 'dream time' and other works speak of bush foods that were gathered in the area surrounding the water places. By discussing the artists paintings one realises the deep knowledge, traditions and mythology which continue to inform his images today.