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LAWRENCE DAWS (b.1927)
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right
Provenance: Private Collection, Adelaide.
Although now Queensland-based, Lawrence Daws has spent a lot of his life on the Fleurieu and has never lost connection with his beloved home state of South Australia. It is here he has seen great long beaches, but not quite like this. Daws is a deeply pensive artist. He paints from an interior thought-scape whence emerges this vast beach with reddish tones symbolic of the great, wide, outback landscape of Australia. It goes on and on. Sharp shadows suggest the intensity of sun and heat; late afternoon. The people are concentrated along one part of the shore. The lifeguard post is an awkward symbol of authority, set too far back to be of much effect. The monolith of city and modern human endeavour looms nearby. But, this is a country in which civilisation clings to the coast and where our sense of sun-bronzed Aussie self is born of a love for life on the beach. Hence, this striking work can be seen as a very clever portrait of the Australian nation.
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