Show simple item record Pierse, Simon 2011-04-04T06:40:44Z 2011-04-04T06:40:44Z 2004-04
dc.identifier.citation Simon Pierse, ‘Painting the Rock: Images of Uluru by Michael Andrews and Lloyd Rees’ in Australian Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, (published Spring 2004), pp.167-188 + 2 B&W plates, ISSN 0954-0954. en_UK
dc.description.abstract Uluru (Ayers Rock) is both a tourist icon and a defining symbol of the Australian landscape. Since the 1950s it has been the goal for a pilgrimage undertaken by settler-Australians to Australia’s heart. Described as a natural cathedral, the Rock has occasionally been the focus for Christian worship and its spiritual significance for Anangu has been appropriated and reinvented in terms of a Christian ideology. In particular, William (Bill) Harney (1895-1962) who was Uluru’s first Curator and wrote about the significance of the Rock to Aborigines, misinterpreted and popularised Anangu belief in a number of books and broadcasts. Uluru has also been the subject of paintings by a number of significant Australian and British artists. Two in particular, Michael Andrews and Lloyd Rees, have seen in the Rock a spiritual significance that ultimately derives from Anangu belief. Andrews described Uluru as a ‘radiant incarnation of the Methodist hymn Rock of Ages’, and his way of seeing the Rock is influenced by a number of eclectic sources such as books, television and the media. Rees on the other hand, senses a kind of mystic reverie at Uluru that he gives the name dreamtime. Contemplation of the Rock evokes in Rees a kind of response similar to the eighteenth-century sublime response to landscape. Both artists sense the spiritual dimension of Uluru but each interprets it differently, according to his intuition and artistic outlook. en_UK
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dc.publisher Australian Studies en_UK
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dc.title Painting the Rock: Images of Uluru by Michael Andrews and Lloyd Rees en_UK
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