Michael McWilliams

Bandicoot on a Log, 2004

acrylic on linen

130 x 122cm

From the artist

This painting is a view from the Fingal Valley looking toward Ben Lomond. It is a comment on what is happening to our natural environment and a reminder of our responsibilities to native animals and the habitats that support them. The bandicoot in the foreground represents the native animals, the fox in the background represents the introduced pests and the clear-felled forest in the top right corner represents man's destruction of the natural environment.

Judges Comments

His acrylic painting impressed us with its subtle message of utopia at risk.

Judges: David Hansen, Sotheby's, Nevin Hurst, Dealer Hobart; Max Angus, Artist; & Prof Noel Frankam, Head of Tasmanian School of Art

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