Dawn Arrival, Purnululu

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This depiction of Purnululu may seem like a Surrealist fantasy or a space wars film-set but it is firmly based in the reality of one of the wonders of the Western Australian outback: an area of giant bell-shaped rock mounds some 350 million years old, striped black and orange with lichen and silica and known locally as the ‘Bungle Bungles’. Maclaurin chartered a helicopter for an hour to allow him to make aerial sketches of the rock formations and to give him a sense of scale. Since painting this work Maclaurin has settled in Australia and has now gained residency there.

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Dawn Arrival, Purnululu




oil on linen


H 243.8 x W 191.1 cm

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