The Art of Eddie Burrup
1940s 2000, a continuum
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The extensive body of work, visual and written, created between the years 1994 and 2000 that comprises The Art of Eddie Burrup is the final phase in the evolution of Elizabeth Duracks oeuvre. In spirit and purpose it aligns with all that came before; it can be traced back some 60 years. It was nascent in the 1930s and probably first emerged in recorded visual form via The Whirlwind drawings and paintings of 194041. Towards the end of her life through her daemon, Eddie Burrup Elizabeth Durack distilled a lifetime of living and learning, of giving and taking, of exploring, reflecting upon and of recreating lost worlds of an ancient culture. Her art is homage to this culture. It also honours and fulfills an exceptional talent.
- The Last Meeting
- mixed media on canvas
- 91 x 80 cm
- exhibited: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, July 2000
- collection: estate of Elizabeth Durack
- Eddie's title
Well, that t' last time for olden day mob
where 'e meet up
b'la bubbawilli pool
Allabout 'e reckon 'im only dust now
only heavy mud b'la wet weather time ...
Die out now finish altogether
The painting depicts a gathering of native creatures gathering for the last time around an old favoured water-hole powerless in the face of the imminent approach of men and horses and exotic breeds.
Yards were built by the incoming pastoral settlers adjacent to permanent water. Within a few years the hooves of the intruders had reduced the old totemic gathering places to a dustbowl in the 'Dry' and a quagmire in the 'Wet'. As well, the introduction of the new staple diet in the form of beef and mutton had no place in the old order resulting in rapid decline of the old way of life.