Banksy Photobombs Margaret

MIranda Free

Oil on aluminium

Several influences are evident in this still life painting that refers to the indomitable Margaret Olley, famed for her beautiful still life works. She is a huge inspiration to me and hence I have placed my arrangement on a book of her work. For this piece I used two delft ware vases that belonged to my mother (also Margaret) as I am fond of referring to items of personal history in my works and linking them to current preoccupations – in this case the form of local flora, dramatically lit to create interesting shadows. The happenstance of a sticker of one of Banksy’s works on my studio wall meant that he inveigled his way into this work. As I principally work from life, I found it hard to resist including this Banksy image (that is somewhat reminiscent of photobombers) in this exploration of a dramatic but contemplative work where I remember my long gone mother whose ashes reside in a bush setting far from here though close to where Margaret Olley spent her later years in Sydney.