'Acheron No. 9', Philip Hunter (1958-2017)
Pondering again the Acheron works of Philip Hunter, this April. His intense awareness of combustible nature. His acceptance of fire’s destructive power. His interest in regrowth being the environment we walk through each day. The conventions of art offer little assistance to describe the implicit reality of bushfire across the landscape. Two days can change everything in sight. Imitating the cliché watercolours of my grandparents’ time, those grand views of huge eucalypts and distant blue hills, Philip took to the surface instead with red conté, dark orange oil paint, black ink, brown chalk. Nature’s presence toughs it out between blazes.