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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

Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii

Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, by Lucy T Smith

b.1968 Australia
Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii 1994
Watercolour on illustration board with printed overlay
43 x 21 cm
Purchased for the James Cook University
Art Collection in 1994
Photograph: Michael Marzik


Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, by Lucy T. SMITH
Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (1994)
by Lucy T. Smith (1968- ).
Photograph: Michae
l Marzik


Smith has stated, “a dominant feature of the Melaleuca woodlands are the beautiful, iconic grass trees. Instead of just painting one, I invented another informative page to illustrate the different stages of the grass tree’s flowering spike. I found the shape and patterns of the inflorescence fascinating, and hopefully communicated this to the viewer – perhaps they will stop and look closer next time they walk past a grass tree.”

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