Robert JUNIPER, Ferns and flowers Enlarge 1 /1


Merredin, Western Australia, Australia 1929 – Perth, Western Australia, Australia 2012

  • England 1936-49

Ferns and flowers c. 1968 Place made: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas

Primary Insc: Signed and dated top left
Dimensions: 117.0 h x 150.0 w cm framed 118.58 h x 151.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.99

Robert Juniper is one of Western Australia�s leading landscape artists. He was born in Merredin, Western Australia, in 1929 and was recently honoured as a Living Treasure by the Western Australian government. In his work Juniper celebrates the uniqueness of the Western Australian landscape:

My aim is to express aesthetically, in an evolved and personal language, a pattern of ideas and memories; the haunting remoteness of the Western Australian landscape, timelessness and agelessness composites; the microscopic picture suggested by an insect�s wing, or the arbitrary bas reliefs made by grubs under tree bark.1

In Ferns and flowers colour, texture and materials are used in a spontaneous manner, appearing light and unconstrained. The richly textured surface opens to reveal imprints of an earlier pattern overlaid with subtle colour notations. The nominal subject � abstractions of ferns, flowers and seedpods � serve as foil to the luscious surface. In this work Juniper references a psychological and pictorial interpretation of space, blending feelings about the landscape with precise observations of natural forms.

1 Robert Juniper, 1979, quoted in Ella Fry, Gallery images, Perth: St George Books, 1984, p52.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra