See How They Run  - The Todd River Regatta

2017   84 x 128 cms  

A farce in reality deserved farcical treatment. The annual August Alice Springs Henley On Todd attracts massive crowds both locally and from elsewhere. The event doesn’t interest Jude Johnson at left, whose red headband expresses more serious concerns (an indication that he has been attending law-making initiation business). Clifford Webb, echoing Goya’s, Colossus, happily urges on the team of three indigenous lads leading the field. Next, though travelling blind-sided, are a team representing local indigenous TV station, Imparje, bearing Noah’s Ark. Compositionally, I also borrowed from the Spanish master his dark ambience, silhouetted range (Anzac Hill) and foreground wedge of buffel grass, an environmental scourge.