Michael McWilliams

Above the Trees, 2010

acrylic on linen

110 x 150cm

From the artist

Last year, during late summer, I have the pleasure of a hot air balloon flight over the Longford/Carrick/Hadspen area. It was early in the morning and fortunately not too windy.
The landscape with which you believed you are familiar appear transformed as you rise from the ground. The well-known horizons and landforms become almost unrecognisable, changing their shapes as you float above and across them.
The painting is of a scene just above the treetops as we headed for a dodgy landing onto a barbed wire fence next to Pateena Road.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1956, lives and works in Perth Tasmania. Exhibiting since the 1990s. Finalist in Wynne Prize 2008. Winner of Tasmanian Art Awards 1994, City of Burnie Art Prize 2000, Glover Prize 2004, Waterhouse Natural Art History Prize 2005 & 2008. Winner of People's Choice Award at the Glover Prize 2014 & 2012 & Bay Of Fires Art Prize 2012. Commissioned by Ten Days on the Island 2009 & 2011.

Represented by Handmark Gallery, Hobart/Evandale; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne; & Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane