should really live
in the mountains,
but its impossible to paint
in the mountains, at any rate for me. I
need the city; I need to know
there are people
around me strolling, arguing, fuckingliving,
and yet I go out very rarely; I stay here
in my cage. But I know there are people
around me and that is enough.
is a representation of life,
my own life above all, which has been very
So perhaps my painting is very violent,
but this is natural
is not violent; its life
that is violent. I have endured physical
violence, I have even had my teeth broken.
Sexuality, human emotion,
everyday life, personal humiliation - violence
is part of human nature.
is a natural
law, a Divine law, that obliges you and
me to relieve the suffering,
the distressed and the destitute.
went through a big stage of my life
where I thought,
you know, maybe it would be better to be
a vegetarian, so I researched it. In no
uncertain terms did I research it. Let's
say this represents one cow, which will
keep me in food
for, let's say, a month. Now that cow needs
this much land and food. Well, you can imagine,
that cow needs x by x amount of land, and
you can grow trees
in it. Around that cow, you can have goannas,
kangaroos, wallabies. You can have every
other single Australian animal in and around
have a deep-seated respect
for parrots. As gifted as I am with all
parrots have this uncanny desire to kill
me. I'm not sure why, but they're like my
is our most important
and we have to do everything we can to ensure
that it is protected for all future
I was a vegetarian, to feed me for that
month, I need this much land, and nothing
else can grow there. Herein lies our problem.
If we level that much land to grow rice
and whatever, then no other animal
there except for some insect pest species.
Which is very unfortunate.
to the camera,
mate, it's not like I'm talking to the camera,
I'm talking to you because I want to whip
you around and plunk you right there with
me. So when this croc's belting around and
going off and I'm hanging around, you're
there. That's what I want. I want you to
use every sensation that you can, every
sense that you've got - your sight, your
hearing, your feelings,
your smell. You know that poo, I want you
to smell it. That is so completely natural.
and my wife, we sleep and live
the wild life. That's all I do. Rescuing
people about wildlife,
so I travel
through our new movie
just being me. I didn't' have to worry
about the script. I didn't have to worry
about the story. All I had to do was just
go through the movie and instead of using
video cameras, we had 35mm cameras shoot
me and I just breezed on through it. However,
that's just my world.
There was another world, the world of CIA,
spies, people trying to get me, satellites,
intelligence and intrigue. You couldn't
get any more action,
adventure and fun.
really don't do much beauty
things at all. It's really the stylists
and make-up artists who make me look great
for award shows and those girlie things.
But I feel
most beautiful when I'm not working
and I'm in some country feeling natural
with my hot, sweaty glow.
have two lovers who I've been meeting in
hotels for two years now and it's now difficult
for me to do, but it did take a couple of
days to broke an understanding
of the nature
of this sort of relationship
before we slept
must possess Nature.
He must identify himself
with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare
the mastery which will later enable him
himself in his own language.
in a preconceived style, deliberately turning
their backs on nature,
miss the truth.
must recognize, when he is reasoning,
that his picture
is an artifice; but when he is painting,
he should feel
that he has copied nature. And even when
he departs from nature, he must do it with
the conviction that it is only to interpret
her more fully.
distinction is made between painters
directly from nature
and those who work purely from imagination.
Personally, I think neither of these methods
must be preferred to the exclusion of the
other. Both may be used in turn by the same
individual, either because he needs contact
with objects in order to receive sensations
that will excite his creative
facility, or because his sensations are
is a receptacle for emotions
that come from all over the place; from
the sky, from the earth,
from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape,
from a spiders web.
wants to understand
Why dont we try to understand the
song of a bird? Why do we love
the night, the flowers,
everything around us, without trying to
understand them? But in the case of a painting,
they have to understand.
nature, I am nature.