Josh Foley

Blackwood Creek, 2018

oil and Acrylic

101.5 x 76 CM

From the artist

"Blackwood Creek is an area that nestles itself under the Western Tiers in northern Tasmania. I spent many hours of my childhood tearing around the parched, cracked and rocky ground around Musk Valley Rd on my BMX; my grandparents had a property there, and my grandfather still resides there now.

The image conjures the presence of this space, the bracken fern, the occasional gum tree, acacia, the dry Bullock Holes creek bed – which sometimes flowed with enough rain – broken machinery, chickens, pigs, old trucks and the odd sheep or two. This was never a working farm per se and the sprawling ramshackle quality of the property serves an unknown purpose… maybe other than to afford eccentricities breathing room. Now, nearby, there are logging operations and plantations. The surface of this painting plays with depth and the trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) representation of relief space. Occasionally the illusory textures break out into actual texture and it is with this push and pull of haptic expectation that I have intended to describe something of the topography of the subject matter.

The work is an evocation, of time and energy spent, of movement and matter and the specifics of this location."

Artist background

Born Launceston 1983 where he currently lives and works. Exhibiting since 2002 including at Sawtooth ARI Launceston, Devonport Regional Gallery & Constance ARI Hobart 2014; Outward Project Launceston 2013. Winner of the Tasmanian Art Award 2014 & Glover Prize 2011. Finalist in RACT Portraiture Prize 2010. Work held in Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery; Monash University and State Library of Victoria collections.

Represented by Despard Gallery, Hobart