I research, paint and generally obsess about fire constantly.
These paintings are a body of works from the last few years, alongside a selection of very recent works responding to the tragically destructive fire season and the ash and smoke of 2019-2020’s Black Summer.
In the world’s most fire-prone continent, with the world’s most ancient living fire histories, my artwork is driven by our evolving relationship to fire.
Rod Gray 2020
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This was painted in homage to Bruce Pascoe the author of Convincing Ground, Dark Emu ..and many other books, from a photograph taken by Rebecca Mounsey for the Age. I had this piece of driftwood on my wall from a family trip to mallacoota in the early 2000’s.
Handwritten on frame surround:
“Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us? what if all Her stores were open’d, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire”