Ambush

2006, 108 x 180 cms

This painting was motivated by my son, Raffi's recounting an afternoon trip along the back track, through the scrub to home. He'd been intimidated by a group of adolescent indigenous kids who relaxed their focus when one of them recognised who he was. Sadly, these racist driven interactions, gangs of both persuasions, are a common enough feature of Alice Springs. In reconstructing his near skirmish, we revisited the exact site and I later got Patrick Hayes (centre) and the Hayes-Loo lads to form the semi-circle.