Dry creek bed, Werribee Gorge I | Fred Williams | 1977
Fred Williams, during his whole life wanted to find a language that would express a new way to represent the Australian landscape, without any European influence; despite having lived in London for some time. It is in this city where he started to paint the same motif many times, a custom that he will follow for the rest of his days.
From the series Werribee Gorge, Dry creek bed is acknowledged as the most well achieved version. Opposed to presenting his landscape according the classic figure-background, Williams chooses to paint the creek from an aerial view, making the motif bidimensional. Here, we see the earthly colors typical of the Australian landscapes and the dry creek clearly outlined in black. To complex the composition, Williams adds sparkles of red and details in green that represent bushes.
Although the artist is cataloged only as a landscape painter, the interesting thing about his life is to notice that his search ended making his works to be in the border between the figurative and the abstract.