Wattle Bird Dreaming

Phil Clarke

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Artist Statement: From 2000 to 2008 I had a beautiful studio in Greenwich with a long balcony amongst the big Angophoras above the Lane Cove River. It was the perfect place to feed Kookaburras and Sulphur Crested White Cockatoos and Koels too. My favourite was a lovely female Wattle Bird. I used to mix blackberry jam with boiled water to make a kind of nectar which she would sip on all day with flicks of her long tongue, flying backwards and forwards to feed her young. 

This painting is actually about fire and rain in the Australian bush. That wattle bird would get really agitated when there was the smell of smoke in the air, from back burning fires in early spring. So this painting made me think and dream about that wattle bird. -Phil Clarke

Medium: Oil Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 124 x 92 cms
Date: 2017
Condition: Excellent

CHG Director's Statement: From world renowned, high society artist Phil Clarke - who calls Salvador Dali a friend - comes this exciting new selection of surreal art. Just take Dali and Warhol, then add Robert Rauschenberg, and stir… VOILA! You’ve got the brilliant surreal-ness of Phil Clarke.

Allan Hogan, Introduction: Phil Clarke always has an entertaining and whimsical insight into the human condition. His creative and technical skills enable him to focus on the chaos of change in modern society and magically transform his subjects into new visions – a wry look at what’s happening right now.
The title of his latest exhibition is “Beyond Realism”, and very quickly Phil’s respect and admiration for the work of Salvador Dali is obvious. That’s not surprising, given that Phil lived for ten years in the Spanish village of Cadaques where Dali and his wife Gala entertained a passing parade of artists and hippies.
This is Phil’s first exhibition for eight years in his home town of Sydney, and it seems to me that these are paintings for the Ages. They’re not the product of the latest fashion in art. These are sensitive and compassionate images about love and war and people, and the world around us. Continue reading here.

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