Australian Environmental Activists Tried to Deface a Painting in a Perth Gallery

Australian environmental activists have painted the Woodside energy company’s logo on a painting in protest at the company’s alleged destruction of rock art in the north-west of the country. WAtoday, a local news website, reported on 19 January.

Using stencil and spray cans, activist Joana Particka drew the Woodside logo on Frederick McCubbin’s “Down On His Luck”, which is on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth. She then taped her hand to the wall next to the frame and her like-minded Nungar Desmond Blerton placed an Australian Aboriginal flag on the floor.

The action was intended to protest against Woodside’s $50 billion Burrup Peninsula project, which activists said could destroy ancient rock art preserved in north-west Australia.

In December, anti-cosmetics activists doused a painting at the “Find Banksy” exhibition in St Petersburg with cream.