Latest Paintings


SMART , Alec ... hatters 2017

Hats and knickknacks in the shop mingle with an array of different reflections in the various windows. Inside and out appear simultaneously, sometimes in distinct and clear separation, sometimes in co-mingled confusion. I'm in there too, somewhere.

Such is life.

James Yuncken, SMART , Alec ... hatters - 210 x 156 mm, acrylic on board, 2017

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James Yuncken, SMART , Alec ... hatters - 210 x 156 mm, acrylic on board, 2017

Curdimurka II 2017

In May 2016 I travelled the Oodnadatta Track with old friend Rodney and his son Archie. Curdimurka was a rail siding on the Old Ghan railway, south-west of Lake Eyre. Late afternoon view looks east. Archie took pictures from atop the water tower which can be seen in Curdimurka I suppling me with the material for this painting. The dominant perspective of rail and road is a quintessentially Eurpoean way of deaking with what we experience as a hostile, dangerous landscape. How differently, I imagine, would be the way in which local aboriginal people would see this same place.

James Yuncken, Curdimurka II - 100 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017

James Yuncken, Curdimurka II (The Curdimurka Railway Siding, Old Ghan Railway, Oodnadatta Track, SA) - 100 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017

This late afternoon view looks west. Despite all the safety warning signs - or because of them - Archie climbed that tower. He took pictures up there which have supplied me with a wonderful view in the opposite direction which is Curdimurka II (above).
James Yuncken, Curdimurka I - 60 x 64 cm, acrylic on board, 2017

James Yuncken, Curdimurka I (The Curdimurka Railway Siding, Old Ghan Railway, Oodnadatta Track, SA) - 60 x 64 cm, acrylic on board, 2017

This painting of National Trust property, Rippon Lea, was done on commision in late 2016. A giclee was made from the painting and one print has been donated to St Vincent's Hospital in satisfaction of the requirements of their artist in residency program. It compliments the set of urban landscapes already donated to the hospital.

James Yuncken, Ripponlea - 60 x 64 cm, acrylic on board, 2016

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James Yuncken, Rippon Lea - 47 x 114 cm, acrylic on board, 2017



Oodnadatta, 2016


This is the outskirts of Oodnadatta, SA. May 2016. Every time I board a 4WD and go remote something seems to happen to the vehicle. This time we spent a number of days at Oodnadatta waiting for an replacement alternator to arrive from Adelaide (1047 km away). For four or five days we explored the town and the surrounding country on foot. My hopes of doing some sketching were dashed by a plague of flies and mosquitoes. Wet weather in the weeks before our trip had given them all time to hatch and if you sat still no amount of clothing and hat nets was going to save you from the hungry hoardes. So I resorted to the camera and kept on the move.

James Yuncken, Oodnadatta, 64 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016

James Yuncken, Oodnadatta - 64 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016

This is the the view form the sand bar at the tip of the entrance to Western Port Bay, opposite French Island. March 2016. It's a very long walk along the sand, six or seven kilometers at a guess, along the beach from Somers, where I was staying. I didn't realise when I set out just how far it was. Still I pushed on hoping that I would find something special to make it all worth while. This is what I found. And it was!

James Yuncken, From Crib Point to Hastings - 58 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016

James Yuncken, From Crib Point to Hastings - 58 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016