Claire Cavanna – “Piper at the Gates of Dawn”

Starting bid: $500.00

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Artists statement:

the friends landed in this silent, silver kingdom, and patiently explored the hedges, the hollow trees, the tunnels and their little culverts, the ditches and dry waterways Then a change began slowly to declare itself. The horizon became clearer, field and tree came more into sight, and somehow with a different look; the mystery began to drop away from them. A bird piped suddenly, and was still; and a light breeze sprang up and set the reeds and bulrushes rustling excerpt from the chapter entitled Piper at the Gates of Dawn from Kenneth Grahames novel The Wind in the Willows

Ever since I read these words as a child I have been fascinated by the landscape, especially our Australian landscape which contrasts so dramatically to the land described in the book.

The culmination of the book and a trip to Italy where I experienced the vast contrasts to our sometimes parched land, have resulted in various iterations of the area where I live; the sensation of being in the moment, experiencing the heightened reality of the sound of the Piper at the Gates of Dawn which was actually a bird but was alluded to as Pans pipes.

This is the experience I want to create for the viewer; to be lost in the beauty of the moment.

Medium: Watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencil on 640gsm hot pressed watercolour paper

Dimensions: 71 x 89cm (framed size)

This piece is framed.

RRP: $1,200

Item condition: New

Time left:

Auction ends: 31/05/2018 9:00 pm
Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Starting bid: $500.00


An Australian artist focused on representing the landscape from a conceptual/psychological viewpoint. That is, the images represent a particular insight of reflection by the human psyche to its position within the landscape.

These images may be haunting, tranquil and sometimes beautiful, but there is always a powerful silence channelling an underlying energy; creating questions for the viewer whether or not they are answered is not important, its more the sensation of being in the moment.

This is the experience Claire wants to create for the viewer, to be lost in the beauty of the moment.


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