The art of Elizabeth Durack is an integral part of Australia’s cultural heritage — part of our 'blood’s country'. Long before it became acceptable or even fashionable her art challenged our perceptions of our land and its people...
catalogue notes from Out of Sight – Out of Mind
Alexander Library, Perth Cultural Centre, February – March 1991
Elizabeth Durack’s portrayal of figures within the Western Australian Kimberley landscape and the transmuting of its landscape into figures is a recurring theme in her work. Interwoven with the whole is an Australian-Irish-Aboriginal sensibility that reflects the artist’s background, outlook and experience.
Over a long productive life the art of Elizabeth Durack evolved from simple line drawings, through lyrical watercolours, to part-abstraction and allegorical paintings. Rare among artists, Durack’s gift reached its peak towards the end. The work of her last creative phase — The Art of Eddie Burrup — transcends all that went before.
A substantial body of written material complements the visual works.
Elizabeth Durack was the third of six children born to Michael Patrick Durack and Bess Ida Muriel (b. Johnstone); and a granddaughter of the pioneer Irishman Patrick (Patsy) Durack, a life recorded by Mary Durack in the Australian classic Kings in Grass Castles.