Reflection of “The Persecuted King”
This painting by Kerrie Thomsen speaks to the majesty of the Wedge Tail Eagle.
The eagle is an apex predator. This bird appears aloof and stern. These birds have knowledge, they seem to know all – they have strong eyesight and spend a long time riding thermals watching what is going on below. They spend up to 90 minutes in the air at a time and rise as high as 2000 meters.
Then, when it is time to eat the Wedge Tail Eagle is a killing machine, fast and effective.
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is truly an animal of Australia being found throughout the country. This is Australia’s largest bird of prey with a wingspan of approximately 2.4 meters.
Australian Eagles have found lambs a preferable food source and as a result are not favorites with farmers, perhaps this is why the artist titles this painting “The Persecuted King”
I am aware an injured eagle stayed in the back yard for 2 weeks as well as tree cover very near Kerrie’s home in rural Victoria while it recovered from injuries. The hand feeding that her husband did restored the young birds strength. I believe observation of this eagle during his recovery inspired her works.
The supremacy of the eagle is conveyed by its size and position within the work. I really enjoy the treatment of the landscape. This is a style featured regularly in Kerrie’s works. The colour schemes used are unique. I describe Kerrie’s style as modern aboriginal painting or art. Traditional elements are present in subject matter and technique, for example dot painting techniques are present. However modern elements are also present in style, composition and colour.
If you wish to see more paintings by Kerrie Thomsen go to Indigenous Artist
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