Brushed aside for wildlife art
GARY Woodfield’s wildlife scenes are vivid with detail, resonant with story – and produced with no paintbrushes.
For his third exhibition, the Gin Gin artist showcased his own unique style of painting with natural objects.
Mr Woodfield said “the simplest things can provide texture”, and paint can be applied with skewers, pine leaves and pine cones, seeds, clay and other materials.
Each of his detailed wildlife paintings depicts a story, from “the possum sitting close to my art table” to the Battle of the Ardennes.
“I do a lot of research first and sketches for each,” he said.
The paintings Little Rifleman and Heavy Burden were from his Ardennes series.
Little Rifleman, depicting a rabbit poised on an old rifle on the forest floor, told the story of Otto Bouermann.
A member of the 10th Grenadiers, Mr Bouermann was severely wounded in 1945 and lost his rifle in the forest.
About four years ago, his rifle was returned to him after a successful three-week search.
Mr Woodfield said he hoped to place some of his works in geographical and wildlife magazines.
The exhibition continues at Mt Perry Art Gallery until August 17.
ON SHOW: Liz and Hugh Witten with artist GaryWoodfield.