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Original Art - GUTS AND GOLD SERIES

Of Guts and Gold 

I have always had an interest in our Australian history and love to find books written about the early Europeans as they came to terms with this amazing, but often daunting landscape. One of my favourite books that really brings to life the hardships of early settlement ( although they stoically regarded it as just how it was) is a book called “A Fortunate Life” in which a real battler takes us through his life story during the depression years, and not knowing any better enjoys his life of endless backbreaking toil.

The group of 12 paintings represented here, are twelve out of the twenty six paintings that made up the “Of Guts and Gold” exhibition. They portray a number of types of people, all battlers, but battling in different ways to survive the dark days of the depression.

I have always had it in mind to paint this way, but always felt inadequate to tackle the genre, but feel that now the time is right. I have learnt the necessary technical skills, and have the inspiration to visualise these people in their current situations.

It worries me a little, how easily we could lose the current high standard of living that we as Australians enjoy, and find ourselves back in the same situation that these folk found themselves in, but with much less toughness of character, through our soft living, to enable us to cope with the change.

So maybe, in a way this exhibition is a reminder of what once was, and a warning of what could be.

This is not a ‘pretty” bunch of paintings. If they make you shudder then maybe I have achieved what I set out to do. I could finish here and say “enjoy” but you may not, so I will say instead, “reflect”.

Neil Sheppard   2012

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