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Mallee Trees at Dick’s Place
© Tortoiseshell Gallery and Marek Herburt, Sydney 2022

Marek Herburt

Mallee Trees at Dick’s Place

acrylic on board
55 x 63.5 cm
This painting by Marek Herburt typifies his bold impressionistic landscapes of the Australian interior. The depiction of mallee trees is regularly placed into the landscape as reoccurring motifs within Herburt’s paintings. Here the mallee tree is used as a symbol for the struggle between the natural landscape of the flora and the harsh and enduring climate. The subject choice of the mallee tree also resonates with Herburt for their visual beauty and gaunt abstracted form.

Marek Herburt

Marek Herburt creates vibrant impressionistic, semi-abstracted landscapes, typically of the Australian Bushland. Herburt’s deliberately limited range of high-keyed colours show his continuing fascination with light and its effect on colour and forms. His work more and more reflects an Australian sensibility of the effect of light on the environment where the colours are bleached and where what happens in the spaces between forms is as important as the forms themselves. Originally from Poland, Herburt studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz. Herburt immigrated to Australia in 1982, he has lived in Mid-North South Australia since 2001. He is the winner of the winner of the 2016 Cossack landscape prize. 2016 and 2012 Port Lincoln Art Prize and the 2012 Port Pirie prize.

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