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The current exhibition that has just opened at Traffic Jam Galleries Mosman is Dean Reilly’s strong and vibrant AUSTRALIANA .
There are hints of Drysdale , Nolan , Whitely and Tucker in the works. The subjects take us from the sea to the hot dry desert looking at both Sydney Harbour and the landing of the First Fleet and also the ill fated expeditions of Leichardt ( the rearing dinosaur like Apocalyptic Horse and Crocodile ) and Burke and Wills ( eg The Will of Burke with its startling blue camel on wheels ) for example. Plus there are marvellous depictions of wildlife ( eg Bush Turkey , with its blue mountain background and huge incubation mound , and Lyrebird , arrogant and darting , tail held proudly afoft).

The exhibition particularly explores colonization and the attitude towards First Peoples – look at for instance We Have Contact , a strange centaur like creature with a square head featuring a Wandjina head , and The First Fleet showing the ships in Sydney Harbour with stylised sails referencing the Opera House and the accompanying series of five smaller paintings showing individual ships .The striking Sirius Collector with a blue bowerbird on its mound and at the top a replica of the First Fleet ship is dominated by its red desert ( or is it blood?) colour .Squatter and Dog and Australian Space Invader with their stark landscapes and mysterious looming centaur like figures – ‘ earlier settler perceptions from an improvised indigenous perspective ‘ also examine this issue .As well, there’s Those Before Us , a haunting evocation of the ghosts of First Peoples , a strong curving landscape and three looming figures . Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : DEAN REILLY AUSTRALIANA