Collection Twenty Nine | Coco Elder 'The Promised Land' Exhibition

Collection Twenty Nine | Coco Elder 'The Promised Land' Exhibition

Odoo • Image and Text


'Golden Light at the Swim Hole - the Never Never'

Medium: Oil on board, carved
Dimensions: 112 x 183cm
Year: 2022

Artist: Coco Elder

"A well known vista framed by tree ferns and water gums where the flow of the river picks up speed as the rapids turn the bend in the river.
Dusk casts a golden glow through the forest as the last bit of light is captured and reflected in the water".

This exhibition has been inspired by the Promised Land in Bellingen. This area is Gumbaynggirr country which I acknowledge with great respect. It starts in Glenifer and is renowned for the Never Never River whose water flows down from the great waterfalls of Dorrigo Mountain.

The Promised Land is considered the land of ‘milk and honey’. The soil is rich and the trees are grand and monumental. On experiencing this place, I always feel like I am entering a fairytale. The aesthetic & beauty of this place is magic, and that is what I have aimed to capture in my paintings.

Appearing In This Exhibition
Coco Elder
Coco Elder

My greatest inspiration for my work is the Australian bush. Having lived near Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, and more recently within the Bellingen Shire, the Guringai and Gumbaynggirr country have been a source of subject matter that aspires to my senses. I resonate with the energy and spirit of this land and its past people for whom I have great respect.

Over the last decade, I have been painting with oil on board and then carving back through the surface using various engraving tools, which allows me to bridge the two practices of drawing and painting. Cezanne’s process of building up forms of colour and simplifying the landscape into geometrical forms inspires the initial process of oil painting and allows me to transcribe observations of interlocking patterns in nature that are evident to me via perceiving shadows and light. The forms then come to life with textural overlays created by the carving process. By carving back through the surface, I’m able to create another layer, one that is more playful, and a gestural expression of the form and place that resonate in its essence and life force. I hope to lead my audience on a journey and have them reflect on the grandeur of our natural landscape. One that is to be revered and protected.

Collections Featuring Coco Elder

Collection Twenty | Boundless

3 Artworks

Collection Twenty Nine: Coco Elder 'The Promised Land'

20 Artworks
Date & Time

29 June 2022

Start - 10:00 am Sunday

14 August 2022

End - 4:00 pm Australia/Sydney

Rochfort Gallery

Rochfort Gallery
317 Pacific Highway
North Sydney NSW 2060
0438 700 712
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Rochfort Gallery

0438 700 712

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