Visiting Darngku (Geikie Gorge)
SIZE: 122.5cm (W) x 40.5cm (H) x 2.5cm (D)
SIZE FRAMED: 125cm (W) x 43cm (H) x 3cm (D)
This is a textured oil painting on a custom-made wood panel. It sits in a lightly oiled (organic oil) Tasmanian Oak floating frame. Felt pads have been placed on the back corners to protect your wall and D-rings and wire has been attached making ready to hang. This painting comes with its unique story and a certificate of authenticity.
This is my impression of Geikie Gorge – the rockface and the reflections in the water.
My paintings are inspired by the beauty of nature. This painting was inspired by a photo I took on a very informative heritage cruise of Darngku - Geikie Gorge, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Darngku is the Aboriginal name of Geikie Gorge, given to it by the traditional owners, the Bunaba. It is part of an ancient limestone barrier reef that developed around 360 million years ago. Since the oceans receded, the Fitzroy River has gouged through the rock forming deep rippled walls.
This has been painted using a palette knife with many layers of paint. It has been painted with a twist of an abstract feel/surreal, as that is how I felt being out there with large slices of rock towering above capturing the sun from various directions. Although a decade ago since being there, reading through our diaries and going through our photos of that time, I felt that I was back there … or wishing I was anyway.
This painting tries to capture the utter peace, stillness, expanse and awe experienced back then. I hope you get a sense of that too when you look at this painting.