Angorichina, Flinders Ranges – Landscape Painting

August 2014

Another escape from the urban jungle. Wandering in the landscape away from the cityscape, the air conditioned termite mound that never sleeps. Away from the maddening crowd. Even though the urban jungle is a great place to live, it has reliable water, food, shelter, transport, art galleries, libraries, and museums, there is nothing like being in the outback to reconnect with clean air, space, intense colours, the silence, the night sky. However, only a true pioneer can survive out there with only a couple of camels and a dog 1. For most urbanites at least one or two experienced persons are essential to the team in wild places to do the navigating and for dealing with repairs both human and mechanical.

Much of the Flinders Ranges could probably be best defined as landscape not wilderness, that is it has been managed by humans for tens of thousands of years (Australia the greatest estate on earth)2. Since European settlement much of the land has been overgrazed, mined, and feral animals (particularly goats in the Flinders) now run rampant, and yet in these remote areas the wildness continually reasserts itself, a ‘bewildered landscape’3. It’s overwhelming and if you stray too far, or put one foot in the wrong place, it can kill you. Gives the edge to painting out there.

No matter the definition, wilderness or landscape, the Flinders Ranges best described as vast, timeless, with special light, the ‘bones of nature laid bare’4. Before the expedition revisited the classics Hans Heysen and Harold Cazneaux who captured the essence of Flinders Ranges (see below).

Parachilna Gorge
Ochre cutting – road to Blinman
Riverbed – road to Blinman
Brachina Gorge

Some photos of locations and paintings below.

Sense of place

p1020020Riverbed, Angorichina 7/8/2014

p1020031Riverbend, Angorichina 8/8/2014

p1020028Riverbed painting location 8/8/2014

p1020048Sunrise Angorichina 9/8/2014

 p1020056Near the sheep station painting location 9/8/2014

p1020083Down river ruin – goat herder’s cottage 11/8/2014

 p1020066Road to Blinman painting location 11/8/2014

p1020079Sunset Angorichina 10/8/2014

 p1020088Ochre cutting Road to Blinman painting location 11/8/2014

p1020094View from the camp, Angorichina 11/8/2014

p1020097Riverbed Road to Blinman painting location 12/8/2014

p1020104Local critic on a grassy knoll Angorichina 13/8/2014

 p1020112-2On the road to Brachina Gorge 13/8/2014

 p1020122Brachina Gorge painting location 13/8/2014

p1020110-2Local critic on the run, Brachina Gorge 13/8/2014

 p1020129Riverbed early morning Angorichina 14/8/2014

 p1020132Riverbed early morning Angorichina 14/8/2014


Sketches in ink and acrylics

p1020024Angorichina late afternoon from the camp 7/8/2014

p1020032-2Riverbed 8/8/2014


2014-angorichina-2View from the camp, Angorichina 11/8/2014

2014-angorichina-flinders-ranges-p1020133Riverbed early morning Angorichina 14/8/2014


1 Robyn Davidson, Tracks (1980)
2. Bill Gammage, The Biggest Estate on Earth – How Aborigines made Australia (2011)
3 John R Stilgoe, What is Landscape (2015)
4 Arid Arcadia – Art of the Flinders Ranges, by Alisa Bunbury, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002

Hans Heysen, by Rebecca Andrews, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2009

The Hill of the Creeping Shadows (1929)

Patawarta: Land of the Oratunga (1929)

Cazneaux – Photographs by Harold Cazeaux 1878 – 1953, National Library of Australia 1978

Harold Cazneaux, The shadowded hills the Flinders Ranges (1935)

Harold Cazneaux, Far Flung Ranges of the Flinders (1937), Art Gallery of South Australia



2 thoughts on “Angorichina, Flinders Ranges – Landscape Painting

  1. So glad you activated comments. This blog is awesome! Makes me want to go there. And I love the literary references as well. Ties it all together with those who have gone before. Nice one! 😀

    (PS: This is Nic, by the way. 🙂 )


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