About this Painting

Bonfire night used to happen on New Year’s Eve when I was a teenager.  I’m not sure if it would even be permitted now - due to fire bans.  It was a special event when a large group of friends would head up to the beach, having collected dried branches and drift wood all week and stashed it in the dunes.  Once the fire was built and lit, it was so magnetic that you couldn’t keep your eyes off it.   We would tell stories, sing songs, laugh and joke all night to celebrate the dawn of a new year.   

This painting is about the closeness of our friends and family.  When we come together and experience traditions and special ceremonies, inevitably modernized for our times.   These are the moments that we remember, that become part of our souls.


Exploring the gestures and stances of people.  How they convey their emotions, conversations, intensity through the stance and gestures.  These are painted using broad brush strokes in a semi-abstract way. There is not much detail in the actual people of these paintings and it’s not necessary because you can read them from their body language, their shapes, the angle of the head. 

Product Details

Original acrylic painting on gallery stretched canvas.

Framed in a raw oak shadow frame (edge frame), ready to hang

Artist: Narelle Callen - Copyright 2019.

Bonfire Night

SKU: OANW19001
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas.

    The painting measures 61x61x4cm.  Framed measurements are 64 x 64 x 5cm 

    Framed weight is 3.25kg

    The painting is framed in a raw oak shadow (edge) frame.   Sides are fully painted.  It includes a hanging wire and is  ready to hang.