Many of those who have been on a Bobby Dazzler Outback trip will recall travelling along that big-dipper road across the sandhills between the Strzelecki Track and Cameron Corner in the north-east of South Australia. And one of the memorable sights along the way is an ancient double-decker bus, long since abandoned to the ravages of the desert and also those enigmatic travellers who apparently never leave home without a spray can.
This picture appeared earlier in this blog – see Picture Challenge #1, posted on April 8, 2012 – and it was revealed in the comments that the bus was once the temporary home to one Joshua Yeldham, a young artist, and also gave some information about his work.
The 40 finalists for the prestigious 2013 Archibald Prize for 2013 have just been announced. The Archibald Prize for portrait painting has been awarded annually in Sydney for over 90 years, and has been won by some of Australia’s most prominent artists. This year, the very same Joshua Yeldham is one of the finalists, with a rather cryptic (to this writer) work entitled Self portrait: Morning Bay – see http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/gallery-e6frg8n6-1226597299470?page=32 .
When the exhibition of Archibald finalists opens at the Art Gallery of NSW in a week’s time (March 23), one assumes that there’ll be two classes of people making up the viewing throng: on the one hand, those mumbling “And who is this Joshua Yeldham, pray tell?”, and on the other hand the Bobby Dazzler alumni nodding their heads sagely, with murmurs of “Yes, we thought he had potential – ever since those double-decker bus days.”
Anyway, never let it be said that Bobby Dazzler Outback trips are light on when it comes to culture. We’ll keep you ahead of the curve.