Spinifex At Sunset – Square Paper Print


Helen Ansell Fine Art Paper Print – also available as a Square Canvas Print, Rectangle Canvas Print and Rectangle Paper Print.


This features an iconic Australian plant, the Lobed Spinifex, Triodia basedowii. Its habitat stretches from Inland Western Australia through the Northern Territory and South Australia to Western Queensland. As such it is in the foreground of picture perfect sunsets. But it has always been way more important than just fill for photos because it actually shapes its domain. Being rich in resin it burns ferociously even when green. The resulting fires return ash to the soil for other flora to flourish in an environment that is too dry for humus to form and supply the usual nutrients to sustain growth. Every 15 to 20 years it is ready to carry another fire, and everything that grows with it has adapted to that cycle. Hence quite fast growth and fairly large trees exist in a setting that could otherwise be a slow growing and even desolate. Traditionally, Aboriginal people carried out firestick farming, ensuring green growth for the animals they hunted while also looking after the health of the land. Today Indigenous Rangers are continuing that essential work as everything else in the Spinifex environment is still totally reliant on regular and regulated fires. Even Mountain Devils can survive an appropriate fire regime. We need to encourage and support this vital work right across the outback. It needs an almost complete cycle of average rain to set seed that then resembles a farmer’s wheat crop.

Helen Ansell Fine Art Paper Prints are now available as giclée quality prints using Fine Art smooth paper 220gsm. Using archival ink, all have a lightfastness under glass and away from direct sunlight of greater than 200 years. Fine Art Paper Prints available in three sizes:

  1. Small – 30 x 30cm including white border of 5cm (made to fit a 30 x 30cm frame) – Actual image size is 20x20cm.
  2. Medium – 40 x 40cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 30x30cm.
  3. Large  – 50 x 50cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 40x40cm.

Helen Ansell fine art prints are proudly printed in Australia.

*Please allow up to 6 business days for your purchase to be posted. Because each print is made to order just for you, we require time to print and post your beautiful Australian fine art print. 

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Small (30cm x 30cm) incl. border, Medium (40cm x 40cm) incl. border, Large (50cm x 50cm) incl. border

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