‘Golden Cadenza’ is an original oil painting created in Ballard’s unique style of Fragmatism. A fragmented landscape inspired by the Australian landscape.
The title is a pictorial response to the expanse and drama of the Hawkesbury River using the rhythmic style of a ‘cadenza’. In music, a cadenza is, generically, an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a “free” rhythmic style, and often allowing virtuosic display. During this time the accompaniment will rest, or sustain a note or chord. The Hawkesbury River is the soloist in this piece.
FROM THE ‘DEERUBBIN’ SERIES
The history of the Hawkesbury River runs deep and wide. Named the ‘Deerubbin’ by the traditional Aboriginal owners of the region, the Darag people, it still retains a sense of awe and wonder amidst much of its rugged terrain. It defiantly remains untamed in beauty and spirit. Like much of the Australian landscape, its rebellious nature and it’s unwillingness to be domesticated, is what makes this region one of New South Wales most captivating waterways. This work was inspired by the untamed landscape of the Hawkesbury River.