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Wishbone Ridge

Stephen Lees
Oil on board • 120 × 180 cm

“Wishbone Ridge” depicts the parched landscape of the sandstone ridge with the wind blasted trees clinging for survival in this inhospitable environment. The viewer’s perspective from above the trees, shows that although the ridge is surrounded by water, it is hundreds of metres below and is the sea; unreachable and unusable. This painting confronts the reality that Tasmania is not just the lush green pastures so fondly depicted by tourist brochures but encompasses a wide range of landscape.