With Northern Winds (Yunbunam) by Cary McAulay

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The Rocks in the background are Orchard Rocks just off Radical Bay – Magnetic Island…..
Yunbunam as Magnetic Island was known by the island’s traditional owners had a semi-permanent population of Australian Aborigines well before European exploration of the area. These populations were known to have permanent camps at a number of bays, and had the ability to travel to the mainland using canoes. A number of Aboriginal burial sites are known to exist on the island but have so far not been discovered by European development or exploration of the island.Aboriginal middens and cave drawings can still be found in a number of bays around Magnetic Island. Folklore of the Wulguru tribe, who inhabited the island, recounts a long history of inhabitation and annual migration to the mainland to avoid the traveling tribes from Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait who used the northern trade winds to travel south from their native lands in order to head-hunt indigenous tribes along the northern coasts of Australia. This painting depicts a moment from that time….they most probably used Orchard Rocks as a marker to come ashore and look for victims. This head-hunting activity near-ceased following the arrival of missionaries, led by Rev. Samual MacFarlane to the Torres Straits in 1871.3
The first European accounts of Magnetic Island come from Captain James Cook who in 1770 while navigating the Australian coast called the island Magnetical Island as a magnetic pull interfering with his vessel’s compass appeared to emanate from the island.

61cm x 91cm oil on canvas
Yes, the original painting has been sold! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great looking framed print of this artwork on your wall.
Two interesting points to remember…
1 ) As my originals sell more and more, the prices for my original artworks increases in value! This means that the framed print that you buy of my artwork will also gain in value!
2) I will be working every day at making this a certainty by continuing to create this art form that defines my artistic life!
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With Northern Winds (Yunbunam)
by Cary McAulay

Cary drew in biro from the age of 4 until his first oil painting at the age of 16. With the strong foundation of the values of drawing when he began painting there was an explosion of bright colour in his art. The creative flood-gates had opened! Cary has won many Art Awards all over Australia, ranging from The Portland Art Prize and more recently the Bendemeer Art Prize (twice).
“With my art, I focus on the beauty of our environment and our effect we have upon the natural world.”

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  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 4 years ago

    This is stunning Cary. This looks so much like the work of NC Wyeth. Awesome blues!

  • Thanks Seth….actually I am only a recent admirer of NC’s work (discovered him about 8 years ago) while studying Andrew Wyeth online!…..Nc’s work is awesome and is now one of my influences but probably more so Homer (1800s) and Hopper(1900s) I painted this in 2000. But sometimes painting Australia’s bloody history can get the hackles up of some people…but I don’t care….one day I am going to paint a series of works about the ‘WAR’ (it wasn’t civil) because the Aboriginal peoples of this land were not considered ‘citizens’ of the States of the colony….Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Similar story happened with the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but that is for the American Artists) Some Nations of Aboriginies did take up arms against the strange ‘Gardia’ invaders! The Kalkadoon being one who fought against my ancestors! But you can’t win battles with spears etc against repeating rifles and pistols! Some one should make a film about Battle Mountain. That’s where the Kalkadoon Warriors made their last stand….they were killed to a man….200 Trooper Police with Rifles on Horseback against 200 tired and hungry stone age warriors armed with Woomera spears….Not even Alexander, Grant, Napoleon, Rommel or Monash could have led the Kalkadoon to victory! Of course this and many other historical events were NOT taught to us when we were kids at school…for that deception I am dirty about! We were fed the old ‘Noble Savages line’….even today in Australia we are fighting a ‘History War’ debating what to teach out kids! at a recent artshow opening I was talking with several highly educated affluent professional people…when the ‘Aboriginal Problem’ came up…yes that’s what they called it..‘A Problem’ after listening to their ‘Racialist’ (out of the side of the mouth) drivel, I asked them how many Aboriginal people had they ever met or even (heaven forbid) befriended? they looked at me as if I had a mental problem and open mouthed and aghast said ‘Well NO not any!"…. I suggested that they should one day try and meet some people they refer to as a problem! I probably blew a couple of sales there that night but damn it I don’t want my work on the walls of people who see my loved ones as a problem….I would rather burn all of my art right here and now!
    Now THAT would be an Artistic Statement! and yes I would put it on youtube etc….. could always paint more I guess!

    – Cary McAulay

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 4 years ago

    Go gettum Cary! Strong feelings make great art!

  • Oh I have plenty of that I can tell you! Ü

    – Cary McAulay

  • Julielukearts
    Julielukeartsover 4 years ago

    its sad that today this world is supposed to be advanced and “civilized” heh..far from it, we sugar coat injustices and continue to be greedy, i have a quote about how humans treat eachother No animal behaves worse then the human race, therefore we are below even the most brutal acts of the the kingdom of the wild..and its true the way the human race beats and kills its own..not just in body but in spirit.I believe that when our bodies die and our soul moves on..those ignorant people who closed off others because of indifference will see the truth in a blink of an eye..and i would not want to be that soul..for guilt..can be torture.

  • I agree….Ü

    – Cary McAulay

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 2 years ago

    I admire the Beauty of this art….
    and the brain and hands from which it sprung.
    Got here ’ by mistake’…but I don’t believe that, so let me say…pleased to meet you.
    No time to search your gallery today, but i shall return.

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