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Sally Browne
Sally Browne

Newtown, Sydney, Australia

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Watercolour Paint on paper

Signed on the front

These botanical elements can be found in most of my paintings in one form or another. Their evolution began as detailed sketches of the Australian plants I see on my daily walks, and over time they have become more and more simplified.

For this painting I have simplified the botanicals even further,and shifted my focus to colour and composition. The work has a screen print vibe, however on close inspection you can see the slight variants in the paint and small brush stroke imperfections in parts that tell you this is a painting rather than a flawless, precise print.

One of my earliest influences was Matisse. I saw an exhibition at the Tate when I was about 8 years old and his groundbreaking collage works, produced at the end of his career in the 1950s, in particular 'Les Betes de la Mer' had a profound effect on me. I didn't consciously think about Matisse until I completed these two paintings and went to give them a title and it occurred to me that they are subconsciously influenced by those collages. With that in mind, I have titled the works Les Betes de la Bush, (the Beasts of the Bush) to acknowledge and pay homage to the great Master.

These two paintings were painted at the same time and would look great hung together as a pair.


Gouache on Cotton paper, Deckled edges all sides. Unframed.

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