Robert Juniper is one of Western Australias 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 insects 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 2010