Utes in the Paddock Outback Art, Ootha NSW

Posted on 26/10/15

Ootha is a blink and miss it kind of place, and it doesn't help that it is off the main road but Ootha none-the-less gets its fair share of tourists traffic thanks largely to the spectacular Utes in the Paddock art display; brainchild of Graham and Jana Pickles, owners of Burrawang West Station at Ootha near Condobolin NSW.

Beginning in 2007, Utes in the Paddock brings together the canvas of classic old Holden Utes and a “team” of artists who portray their humorous and witty art on the cars while poking a bit of fun at all things sacredly Australian.

Lightning Ridge artist John Murray’s “Circle Work” is a send-up of the antics of the ute-driving, Bundy drinking attendees at B&S Balls. (Bachelor’s & Spinsters Balls, a popular outback pastime).

Other artists and their art include Peter Browne’s "Emute"; a fun look at our most popular native fauna, Peter Mortimore’s "Clancy Stops The Overflow"; another look at our beloved Bundy Rum, Belinda Williams’ "Drizakubra"; a tribute to our droving workwear, Karen Tooth’s "Dame Edna's Looute", Lewis Burns’ indigenous inspired "TribeUte", Brad Brown and Scott Edwards’ "Ute of Arms" and many more.

By 2015 the number of painted utes had grown to 20, attracting thousands of visitors to the display each year.

Utes in the Paddock is 3 km off the Condobolin-Parkes Road. If you are heading west from Parkes to Condobolin (Hwy 90), turn south (left) into Mulguthrie-Ootha Road (graded gravel road) approx. 70 kms from Parkes and travel approx. 3 kms to the display.

For more information: www.utesinthepaddock.com.au/  

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