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Sally Browne
Sally Browne

Newtown, Sydney, Australia

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This painting lifts the status of this unpopular bird to one of majesty, usually reserved for cranes in Oriental art.

Unwelcome and commonly referred to as ‘Bin Chickens’ and ‘Trash Turkeys’; the Sacred White Ibis is a native bird found in urban areas throughout Australia. They were rare in our cities 30 years ago, but the loss of their natural habitat has forced them into populated areas to scavenge on human rubbish.

The title of this work represents the Ibis’ perspective on modern life rather than our’s, and is from the Blur album of the same name.

Sometimes I look at our Ibis feeding in the Cook’s River or the wetlands at Sydney Park, and with the help of the Pine trees and water, they remind me of an oriental scene. The question is: Can we love them more if they are re-packaged and presented to us in a natural environment like the scene in this painting? And rather than ‘hating on our displaced wildlife’, shouldn’t we be more accountable for the destruction of the environment?

The pared back colour palette of blues, greys and antique blush pink combined with the Neon orange bird tag on the leg of the bird gives this piece a contemporary edge, and it’s purpose is to jolt the viewer out of the beauty of the decorative scene and remind us of the urban modern day context of the subject matter.

This work would make a fantastic statement on your wall and features many hours of intricate detail. Please see the extra photos for a close look at the detail of the painting. This painting has been professionally framed in a black deep box frame with an 8cm ivory border mount on all sides. The framed dimensions of the painting are: 77.5cm x 96.6cm x 5cm deep.


Gouache on 650gsm textured watercolour paper, deckled edges all sides. Professionally framed, Ready to hang.

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