How the Australian landscape has inspired a new generation of artists

Yaparla (Glen Helen), 2015, by Ivy Pareroultja.

Yaparla (Glen Helen), 2015, by Ivy Pareroultja.Credit:

Outback, 2017, by Ildiko Kovacs.

Outback, 2017, by Ildiko Kovacs.Credit:

Yaparla (Glen Helen), 2015, by Ivy Pareroultja, who is based in Central Australia. She is the daughter of artist Edwin Pareroultja and niece of Albert Namatjira. She says the landscape of her country is always “marra” (good), “especially the smell of the dirt after rain”.

Outback, 2017, by Ildiko Kovacs, who is based in Bundeena, south of Sydney. “The space, the rawness, the line that moves through the landscape, roads, paths and tracks are journeys into the unknown. This has always been a metaphor for my painting,” she says.

Hinterland Green, 2017, by Leisl Mott.

Hinterland Green, 2017, by Leisl Mott.Credit:

Hinterland Green, 2017, by Brisbane-based Leisl Mott, who seeks to capture the non-visual elements of a day: “A light breeze, the sound of cicadas and crunching leaves, or a boat in the distance, the smell of bracken fern that is crushed as I walk, and the sensation of flies on my back…”

Mainland (Kimberley coast), 2018, by Luke Sciberras.

Mainland (Kimberley coast), 2018, by Luke Sciberras.Credit:

Luke Sciberras.

Luke Sciberras.Credit:Stella Sciberras

Mainland (Kimberley coast), 2018, by Hill End, NSW-based Luke Sciberras. Of Australia’s diverse landscape, he says, “One could easily and happily traverse the same highway in the four seasons of a year and pull a different view with every visit.”

From A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast by Amber Cresswell Bell (Thames & Hudson, $60), out October 30.

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