Geoffrey Stapleton



Coming from South Australia, we call the grass plant Xanthorrhoea, a “yakka”, but in my childhood I heard them referred to as “blackboys”, the idea being that they were supposed to resemble aboriginal people carrying spears. Anyway, they always seemed very significant to me, spiritual even, and are just about my favourite plant.

acrylic on canvas

35.4" x 27.6" 90cm x 70cm