Geoff Dyer

Black Earth, Scamander, 2007

oil on Belgian linen

152 x 182cm

From the artist

The image relates to the December bush fires that desecrated the small seaside town of Scamander in North East Tasmania. It is from a digital image taken from a television report of the event that resulted in a rather blurred and ill-defined photograph suitable for my particular aims as a painter. My interest in the traditional 'painted object' and the gestural openness of abstract expressionism allow for a landscape locked in suspension between abstraction and figuration.

Artist background

Born Hobart 1947 where he lives and works. A multiple finalist in the Wynne and Archibald prizes. Winner of the Archibald in 2003. Represented in many major collections both in Australia and internationally.