Raymond Arnold

Deciduous Beech (The Fall), 2019

acrylic on canvas

102 x 154 CM

From the artist

The author, Chris Binks, has lived in Tasmania since 1948 and has been able to see the widespread changes that have taken place across the island over fifty years.
The painter Raymond Arnold first visited Tasmania and the Cradle Mountain Valley in 1967 and hence is also able to reflect on fifty years of walking that mountain and moorland terrain. In a moment of space and time Chris and Raymond meet in a Deciduous Beech/Pandani glade at Waldheim in the Cradle Valley to share stories of their experiences of that temperate landscape. They reflect and wonder at its beauty, its complexity and it’s indifference to human psychology. Unfortunately Chris and Raymond know that this precious valley is not indifferent to human induced climate change. In a speculative moment they meet again at Evandale in front of the painting Deciduous Beech (The Fall), exhibited during the Glover Prize 2019 and contemplate the destruction of the Cradle Valley by ‘dry lightning’‚ induced wildfire during one of the increasingly hot summers inflicted on Tasmania’s temperate world.

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