Fan Dongwang

Gum tree triptych

acrylic on canvas
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My Gum tree triptych explores the notion of painting the Australian landscape through the techniques of Chinese painting, carving and calligraphy.

By revitalising old traditions, I provide Australians with a fresh perspective of their trees and country. The great ‘Australian landscape’ tradition, once emblematic of the Eurocentric vision of Australia, has now embraced Indigenous views of the landscape. It will be further strengthened when Asian artistic perspectives join in. The Gum tree triptych helps Asians and Australians understand both the cultural differences and the universal experiences embodied in the representation of our environment.

Fan Dongwang, 2014