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Celebrating Townsville Exhibition - The Artists

Educational resources regarding the artists participating in JCU Library's "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition for the T150 project

The Oberon Tree

The Oberon Tree, by Ron McBurnie

b.1957 Australia
The Oberon Tree 2010
Ink and watercolour on paper
76 x 109 cm
Collection of the artist
Photograph: Michael Marzik

The Oberon Tree, by Ron McBurnie

The Oberon Tree (2010), by Ron McBurnie (1957-).
Photograph: Michael Marzik.

The Oberon Tree is a large painting made after the artist had made a smaller study drawing from life while staying in a private park in Oberon, which is at the foothills of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. The artist’s initial study drawing referenced the strength and roughness of an ancient gnarled pine tree in the grounds of the park. The final, larger painting as shown in the exhibition took many elements from the initial study but also drew on ideas from Dutch and Flemish engravings held in the artist’s own private Print Collection.

Aegidius Sadeler and Jan van de Velde are two artists who have been a strong influence on the artist’s recent work. Their work often focused on the grandeur of landscape and the way it dwarfed the people who were travelling through it.

Oberon Tree Study, by Ron McBurnie

Ron McBurnie’s study for The Oberon Tree, 2010
(ink and watercolour) Photograph: Ron McBurnie

Landscape with three men and a dog on the path above a waterfall, by Aegidius Sadeler I

Influence on the making of The Oberon Tree:
Aegidius Sadeler I (c.1555-1609) Landscape with three men
and a dog on the path above a waterfall
, engraving, on laid
paper, c.1600, from the artist’s private Print Collection.
Photograph: Ron McBurnie


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