J.E.Thomas (2017), “Life is a raft…”
Plato once advised us to view life as a raft to which we cling as it transports us down the river. This painting is based around George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders on the Missouri”. However, in this work the cat on the raft becomes the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet, both avenger and protector of the Eye of Ra, life itself.
Sidney Nolan’s landscapes of the Victorian bush and countryside inspired these eight panel paintings. They encapsulate how a psychology of cultivated farmlands that are separated from the terrifying wilderness simply by a fence, but also manifest the tremendous chance at freedom that emanates from that wilderness.
“See that there he pointed. That is called the Crosscut Saw and that one is Mount Speculation and yonder is Mount Buggery and that other is Mount Despair did you know that?
You will and you’ll be sorry.”
Peter Carey, ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang’
‘Resistance’, J.E. Thomas, (2003)
J.E. Thomas, “Lighthouse in a Wheatfield” (2016)