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Oh Shit, There's a Raven in the Banksia Drawing

Pilar Basa


Drawing, Gouache on Paper

Size: 22.4 W x 29.9 H x 1.4 D in

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The artwork is framed. It has a floating mount in a natural Tasmanian Oak box frame. Total dimension with frame is: 71cm x 91cm x 3.5cm The Australian Raven is a majestic and mysterious creature. Glossy black feathers, powerfully elegant wings and captivating green eyes. Hidden amongst the grey green leaves of the Banksia tree, the Raven stills watching people go by. Interactions in nature can be fleeting, such small movements usually go unseen. But all these movements, however long or short, are part of the fabric of the Australian environment. Wether in the bush or in the city, I wanted to capture these interactions. A quiet moment, with the potential to lead to something dramatic or perhaps the calm after the storm. This is a moment of a story, and a story within itself. It's the moment a Raven decided to stop amongst some Banksia leaves. Painted with gouache, watercolours and finished with pigment markers. I wanted to bring light to such stories, to create a moment of quiet contemplation, either a prelude or an epilogue.

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Drawing:Gouache on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:22.4 W x 29.9 H x 1.4 D in

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G’day, I am Pilar and thanks for coming to hang out. Sprouting in Sydney, Australia I grow up in a very culturally diverse family. My mother Polish, my dad from the Philippines, a child of Australia. After having studied design at University of New South Wales, I took my skills and loves to New York where I lived and worked for over 5 years. As the years, the hours, the moments went by the buildings got too high, my skin felt too little sun and I missed the vivid blues and green of home. So I came home to Sydney, where now I am creating from my roots on sunburnt soil and experiencing my homeland with wide eyes. From a young age creativity was always something that had existed in my life. My grandfather carving leather, my father doodling, my mum crocheting late into the night. Though never something to be celebrated or overtly acknowledged, art just lived in our home. As a child I liked to draw, and the inspirations I took those decades ago have not much changed; my surroundings, imagined happenings and made up creatures. With the same core inspirations, it is the plethora of life, it’s fleeting experiences and the growth of a soul that has taken these and developed them into what my hands create today. I still like to draw, or create from what’s around me. I live in the ‘burbs of Sydney and there is so much inspiration to be found walking these quiet, and usually uneventful suburban streets. The slower nature of the ‘burbs allows us time to take in what’s around. The constant juxtaposition of human constructions speckled with native and introduced fauna and flora is 24hr performance. These small interactions between all of an areas inhabitants, not only human, is an ongoing and changing dialogue that is so enthralling to be a part of. A lot of my work captures these small snapshots, the minor occurrences or the quiet moments happening just out of our daily periphery. Or sometimes they are the result of small amusing imaginings of what nature gets up to whilst we aren’t looking. I guarantee, if you walk your street with a slightly slower step and wide eyes, there is a world you will instantly be a part of that you never noticed existed.  Primarily I illustrate with gouache, watercolour and black pigment marker. There is a captivating dichotomy between these materials, the fluidity of watered down gouache and the stark and solid permanency of the pigment marker.

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Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Sydney, Sydney, Sydney, Melbourne

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