06 August 2014

Indigene, wild flowers of Australia

Indigene is a series of paintings by artist Christine Johnson. The huge artworks celebrate the unique forms of Australia's native flora.

Ceratopetalum gummiferum

Chamelaucium unicatum

Grevillea banksii

Guichenotia ledifolia

Lasiosepalum involucratum

Lechenaultia biloba

Spyridium halmaturinum

« There were also besides, some Plants, Herbs and tall Flowers, some very small Flowers, growing on the Ground, that were sweet and beautiful, and for the most part unlike any I had seen elsewhere.»

– Captain William Dampier
A Voyage to New Holland (1699)

In this series of paintings Christine Johnson made her own exploration of the indigenous flora, experiencing some of the wonder that Captain William Dampier perhaps felt as he peered at the tiny flowers at Shark Bay, Australia.

Hippopotamus or Mountain Cow
from A Continuation of A Voyage to New Holland, e-c. in the year 1699 ... London- By W. Botham for J. Knapton, 1709.