An Artist's Representation of Their World

An Artist's Representation of Their World

Describe how artists represent their world through their artworks.

An artist's artwork is an illustration and portrayal of their world, their influences and their's or other's perspectives. Australian artists including John Coburn, Jane Sutherland, Brett Whiteley and Lin Onus use their world to express the meaning behind their artworks. They use aspects of the world; culture, the environment, society and politics as themes of their artworks, which shows that an artists world is represented in their artwork.

The world around John Coburn is the main influence behind his artworks, as he represents the aboriginal culture in his paintings. Coburn himself is not an aboriginal or indigenous person, however he grew up in rural queensland and shares similar beliefs with the Aboriginal people's culture and dreaming. His artworks often depict the human relationship and connection with the land, and he uses a palette of black, browns and reds in showing his appreciation for aboriginal art. When viewing his artworks one can see the similarities between it and Aboriginal art, like in his painting The Sunlit Plains (Extended), where the style, shapes and colours are reflective of the Aboriginal connection with the land. Therefore, through his painting techniques, colours and motifs used, Coburn represents his world of spiritual beliefs and appreciation of the Aboriginal culture in his paintings. Jane Sutherland is another artist who has represented the world around her in her paintings.

The environment is the aspect of her world that Jane Sutherland portrays in her artworks. Adopting impressionist techniques, she was a part of the plein-air movement, and often set up camp on the outskirts of Melbourne with other artists to paint the countryside. The Australian countryside and landscape was the world around her which she chose to illustrate in her paintings, often travelling further into the bush to paint more than just the surroundings of Melbourne. Jane...

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