Guy Maestri’s work ‘The rain song’ was recently acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Painted in regional NSW in a landscape the artist frequently returns to, ‘The rain song’ depicts a derelict cactus garden – overgrown in a tangle of native and introduced plants.
In the describing the work, Maestri notes “There is an immense old sheep station in Wilcannia (north-western NSW) where I go to paint from time to time. In the homestead’s front-yard is a grand old cactus garden. All attempts at its upkeep were abandoned years ago and it is being reclaimed by its harsh surrounding landscape.” (Guy Maestri, 2020)
Image credit: Guy Maestri, ‘The rain song’, 2020, oil on linen, 198.0 x 244.0 cm