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A Dry Billabong, Gunnedah, Nsw

A DRY BILLABONG, GUNNEDAH, NSW

Accession ID:

1961.130

Name:

A Dry Billabong, Gunnedah, Nsw

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

John Salvana

Date:

undated

Description

This small scale oil painting on canvas uses short, considered, textured brushstrokes to capture the beauty of a scene near Gunnedah in North Eastern New South Wales. In this work, John Salvana has used an interesting palette including flecks of orange to convey the warm, filtered light of a warm day. The red river gum’s branches span the work, creating a natural frame for the composition. Patches of luminous green grass indicate recent rains but the parched billabong suggest dry times to come. Salvana has employed a sfumato-like technique to soften the distant landscape, suggesting a heat haze and allowing the viewer to create an imagined composition in the distance.


History

John Salvana Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Gift of John Salvana. Signature: L.R.C.- J. Salvana.


Associated Subjects