Cape Arid by Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky
Husband-and-wife team Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky journey into isolated outback regions, often staying for months at a time, to paint the Australian bush. Cape Arid National Park is a fascinating and remote area on the far south-eastern coast of Western Australia. Braving howling winds, grit, sleet, 43-degree heat and thousands of flies the Nikulinskys' travel rough sandy tracks to be rewarded by shimmering seas, islands and unique flora and fauna.
For forty years, botanical artist Philippa Nikulinsky has been sharing her love of wild places through her painting. Now in her first collaboration on a book with her husband Alex Nikulinsky comes a very personal journey to Cape Arid, a remote national park on the far south-eastern coast of Western Australia. This book is the result of eleven field trips together, over four years, covering all the seasons.
In Cape Arid, the Nikulinskys' share the privilege of their experiences through finely detailed botanical watercolours, sweeping black and white landscapes and an intimate written record of their journeys.About the Author
Arid landscapes, regeneration after fire and the resilience of Western Australia's plant, bird and animal life have captivated Philippa Nikulinsky throughout her long artistic career. From her many journeys around Western Australia, she has produced, most notably, six books, twenty-two years of cover illustrations for Landscope magazine and numerous successful ranges of dinnerware for Australian Fine China. In 2016, Philippa was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the visual arts.