Artwork Description

Oil on stretched canvas, ready to hang.

Signed on the back.

This artwork comes with an external frame

After the devastating Bushfires in Australia over the 2019/2020 summer, it seemed like the world was ready to take notice of the pleas of scientists and environmentalists for decades. Then, ironically, COVID struck. A symptom of over population of the human species, COVID stopped us and many industries in their tracks. People in isolation and a halt on travel meant mother nature had a small reprieve. But this will be short lived. And the amount of waste generated by the need of disposable plastics and other products to get us through COVID is phenomenal.

If only governments would take the climate crisis as serious as a pandemic, enforcing renewable energy, sustainable manufacturing including investing in eco-plastics and supporting the plant based food industry.

This painting was painted last Summer in response to our own governments continual denial of the climate crisis as the causation of the devastating bush fires. Unfortunately, Australia has deep pockets filled with coal.

This painting references the iconic Matt Abbott photo of Lake Conjola burning on January 1st 2020. This photo captured the attention of the world, was all over the media including NYTimes, and shared by international people of influence including Greta Thunburg and Ellen DeGeneres. And as soon as I saw it, I though of this image and the kangaroos on our one dollar coin.

NOTE: I have an a frame I made using burnt wood that I can use, or not use. If you are interested in seeing the painting with the wood burnt frame, please message me. This listing is for the painting without the frame. If you choose the frame, there will be additional costs, and I can change the listing to suite.

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Stretched and ready to hang

This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.

It comes with an external frame.

Framed dimensions - 50.0(W) x 50.0(H).

Artwork dimensions - 45.0(W) x 45.0(H).

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