After the artist spent several years in Europe, he returned to Australia. As explained in a video at the NGV exhibition, most Australians live around a saucer — from Bristbane around to Perth — following the coast.
This explained the paintings on display connected to the sea which shifted from vibrant yellows and oranges to sea hues.
By this time, I was wrapped in the man’s work. Previously, I’d only seen reproductions in art books. Standing before his large paintings in the National Gallery of Victoria was an awe inspiring experience.