Freshwater Eel (Colonial Style)

1st Prize

Oil on wood, 35x200cm

Both the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia have a range of colonial paintings and paraphernalia of colonial fish catches. They have a freshness of enthusiasm which communicates poignantly across hundreds of years, from Sidney Nolan's paintings on board featuring birds levitating above the Australian landscape to my own version of an elderly and elongated freshwater eel, an animal I find fascinating.

by Richard Dunlop