Elli Schlunke

PAINTINGS

I've always painted.  In the last year or so I've been working on my Irreversible Tipping Point series, which is my response to the forest fires of 2019, as well as the devastation of the Amazon forests, which I see as a huge threat to our survival. I've also started on another obsession, with some bunya studies. A few years ago I was a bit obsessed with painting faces. I loved doing the Gum Zen series, playing with photos with patterns made by gum leaves. I've also painted a few murals, some quite large, but I prefer the excitement of starting on a fresh blank canvas, or indeed a new start over the top of an old painting, which always brings nice surprises when the underpainting shows through.

My studio often gets too crammed with sculptural works in progress for me to set up the easel, but when I do, I love the different experience and get really into a series while the ideas keep building up.

FIRE COMING
FIRE COMING

Approaching fire threatens forest

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IRREVERSIBLE TIPPING POINT
IRREVERSIBLE TIPPING POINT

Is it too late for us?

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FOREST BURNING
FOREST BURNING

Forest fires are destroying the Lungs of the Earth

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FIRE DEATH
FIRE DEATH

The trees are down

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FOREST FIRE
FOREST FIRE

A large painting of burning forest

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AFTERMATH
AFTERMATH

Slowly the land recovers afterwards , but the trees may not

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BUNYAS BACKLIT
BUNYAS BACKLIT

A large painting showing one part of the ever-changing light shows I see at home

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SACRED BUNYAS
SACRED BUNYAS

Bunyas - sacred to our First Peoples and to me

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GUM ZEN LABYRINTH
GUM ZEN LABYRINTH

1800 x 1200, acrylic. One of my favourites, NFS

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GUM ZEN FREE
GUM ZEN FREE

763 mm square, acrylic on canvas. NFS

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GUM ZEN GENTLY
GUM ZEN GENTLY

910 x 910, acrylic. I painted this over an unsuccessful landscape - and stopped after whiting out the background, as I loved the way the underpainting worked. Sold.

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GUM ZEN FLOWER SOON
GUM ZEN FLOWER SOON

510 x 1530, acrylic. It wasn't till I blew up the image that I noticed the buds - the leaves were only a small part of the overall original photo. Sold.

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SPECTACLE
SPECTACLE

755 x 1015, acrylic. Two friends unwittingly imitating each other while watching a bonfire from a hillside. NFS.

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HUNGER DU JOUR
HUNGER DU JOUR

1200 x 1800, acrylic, the result of 2 friends being hams at a fancy dress party. NFS

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WORTH
WORTH

915 x 915, acrylic. One of my mentors. NFS

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STEVIE
STEVIE

600 x 755, acrylic. NFS

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