Two Thirds Sky – Artists in Desert Country

The flourishing of Central Desert painting, with its depiction of dreamings and stories, has not only captured national and international attention, it has provoked a fundamental rethinking of landscape painting in Australia. On the other hand, non-Indigenous artists have felt caught between  European conventions and the sense of belonging so vibrantly expressed in Aboriginal art.

Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of seeing the Australian desert. It follows the creative journeys of five contemporary artists – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – from blank canvas to finished painting. Each artist has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity and sense of belonging through their work.

Combined with stunning images of the landscape, this is an unusual insight into the connections between art and place and our changing attitudes to Australia’s beautiful yet harsh outback.


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