Anne Shimmens

Black Charlie's Opening, 2004

oil on ply backed linen

66 x 76cm

From the artist

Black Charlie was an Aboriginal member of a chain gang breaking rocks for roads on the Prosser Plains in the 1830s. He was known as being particularly distressed by this incarceration and punishment. I have painted the 'opening' on a spring day in sunshine and I hope somehow he felt warmed and heartened by the sun on his back too.

Artist background

Lives and works in southern Tasmania. Exhibiting since 1960s. Winner of Artist Development Award at Island Prize 2003.