Raymond Arnold

And the Land was washed clean!, 2020

Oil on canvas

120 x 170 CM

From the artist

I've been making paintings of the road into the high valleys and the mined terraces surrounding Queenstown on the West coast of Tasmania. At times I shelter from the rain in the lee of my vehicle and on one occasion the wind tore at this particular canvas and dumped it metres away across the muddy ground. In my attachment to this place and atmosphere I’m searching for an expression of vulnerable, scarred terrain undergoing further transformation.

In this action I'm echoing many years of work on my large scale etching panorama of the Mt Lyell range titled Elsewhere World. I was inspired by a section of a Seamus Heaney poem which read:

Where can it be found again,
An Elsewhere world, beyond
Maps and atlases...

Artist background

Born Melbourne 1950. Lives and works in Queenstown, Tasmania. Has had 54 solo exhibitions and been in 126 group exhibitions nationally and in London, France, Scotland and Washington USA since 1977. Winner of the Glover Prize 2007. Represent in many national, state and regional gallery collections in Australia and major institutions in France, UK and USA.Tasmanan nomination for Australia Day Local Hero awards for work with LARQ.

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart; & Australian Galleries, Melbourne