In the spring of 2011, ROA found himself in the remote Pilbara region of
North Western Australia. Travelling through remote terrain accessible only via
four-wheel-drive or on foot, deep in Ngarluma country, ROA was hosted
by Ngarluma Aboriginal elders and shown places known only to the locals.
This is a place of paradoxes, where the natural beauty of the land intersects
with the flotsam and jetsam of human habitation - disused water tanks,
abandoned houses, pieces of car and machinery. Where life and death overlap.
Where cultures and histories constantly cross paths. Where urban art meets the outback.
"Paradox", a solo exhibition by ROA in Perth, Australia.
A modern day naturalist, famous for his large-scale depictions of animals
on urban walls around the world, ROA moves between continents and cities,
observing and documenting the creatures that co-inhabit the urban landscape.
ROA’s explorations span the natural and built ecosystem.
Fascinated with the beauty in the circle of life, he brings the animal world
back to our urban jungle, often juxtaposing his imagery onto remnants of yesterday.
His bold paintings reintroduce these animals to the locations
that they have long since lost to human expansion.
Hairy-nosed Wombat Installation
Brown Falcon Installation
Southern Cassowary Installation
Common Brushtail Possum
Common Brushtail Possum (Detail)
Flat Back Turtle Head
Brown Falcon Head
Southern Cassowary Head
Left Facing Skull
Right Facing Skull