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Liffey Falls near Deloraine (Birthplace of the Tasmanian Greens)

Liffey Falls near Deloraine (Birthplace of the Tasmanian Greens)

Richard Dunlop

2021

oil on Belgian Linen

Liffey Falls near Deloraine North Tasmania (where I now live) is adjacent to Oura Oura where Bob Brown and partner Paul Thomas hatched ideas for the formation of the Tasmanian Greens over a kitchen table, with various visitors like Richard Flanagan. The images of the area on television were relayed to me in my twenties, and I was enamoured by the idea that anyone could conceptualise a persuasive movement with such modest means. As a subject for painting however, it has nothing to do with politics, but rather chosen for its formal and theatrical qualities as a painterly fiction, no more a copy of reality than what a novelist or a filmmaker might envision for an audience to communicate an experiential journey. I sought to bring various elements into a fresh and harmonious order, with the predominant subject being the capturing of an emergence of light in the north Tasmanian ‘film noir’ landscape.

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