The name "Bucklands" refers to the farm originally owned by Rena Wallace, known locally as "Aunty Bushbuck", and is situated at Fort Double Drift on the Fish River in the heart of the The Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, 80 kilometres north-east of Grahamstown. It was later incorporated into the reserve and the farmstead now serves as a game keeper's lodge.
In this large work, the artist focuses our attention on the beauty, yet often-overlooked destruction, associated with the introduction of alien species into the landscape. The skeletal forms of the impenetrable Eastern Cape bush and the setting sun lend a mysterious quality to this primeval landscape, and warns of the possible extinction of native species if left unchecked.
This painting was first exhibited at the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown in 1988, and was purchased directly from the artist by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Gallery (formerly the King George V1 Art Gallery) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for it's permanent public collection. The painting is included in a 13 part documentary series on South Africa called "A Country Imagined" presented by singer / song writer Johnny Clegg
Signed lower right. Size: 150 cm. x 180 cm. - 59 in. x 72 in.
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