Reconstructed Landscape—Ross River, 2012

Brown, G. James (2012) Reconstructed Landscape—Ross River, 2012. [Creative Work]

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"Reconstructed Landscape—Ross River" by G. James Brown was executed as a contemporary response to the long tradition of drawing from constructed models. The drawing addresses this landscape tradition from the standpoint of a contemporary North Queensland artist's perception of a constructed model broadly based on an observed view of a grove of trees on the bank of the Ross River in Townsville. By design, the drawing critiques the conventions of landscape drawing in terms of mark-making, composition and choice of subject, by comparing past practices to the artist's personal art practice.

Research Statement

Research Background This drawing is an extension of my ongoing interest in examining relationships between current approaches in the Creative Arts (with a focus on North Queensland art practices) and historical precedents (with a focus on early European and English printmakers). I am fascinated how the motivations (e.g. choice of topic, subject and disposition of subject material) and technical processes (e.g. rendering styles, medium and format) are driven by culture, social issues and location (amongst others) and how these forces play significant roles in the creative process. The juxtaposition of my artworks with the prints by early artists highlights this concern with finding congruence and points of separation of artistic approach
Research Contribution This drawing contributes to current research by helping to define some key attributes of current art practice in North Queensland. By intention, the drawing clarifies some of the differences separating the practice of a North Queensland artist from those of early European and English landscape artists.
Research Significance This drawing (along with my related drawings from the staff exhibition, "From Model to Image") is most likely the first to employ the medium of carbonised lemon juice to draw pictorial and conceptual connections between the working practices of a contemporary North Queensland artist and early European and English landscape artists.
Item ID: 24011
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Lemon juice and ink on watercolour paper, 57 x 76 cm
Keywords: drawing, landscape, interpretation, lemon juice, constructed model
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This work was exhibited in "From Model to Image" a solo exhibition by James Brown, 4-6 May 2012, eMerge Gallery, SoCA, James Cook University, Townsville. View the exhibition record at

Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 04:43
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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