Greg Mallyon has long been inspired by the aerial perspective of Australia from his many travels to the heart of the outback and seeing one of its (and the worlds) most ancient rivers, The Finke. Sometimes a dry creek bed, sometimes a string of waterholes, or in times of rare rainfall, a raging torrent. This river is symbolic of the endless cycle of life on earth. Mallyon’s other river inspirations include, the historic Coopers Creek, the mighty Hawkesbury, Murray and Darling Rivers as well as Melbourne’s iconic Yarra.
These river systems can bring life to the most arid places on the planet. They support flora, fauna and of course human life that just couldn’t exist without its presence. In this exhibition Mallyon uses natural ochres and pigments to create richly textured paintings which not only chart and map terrain, but also tap into the essence of the land and highlight its hidden powers.