Paul Becker

Descending Darkness, White Invaders, Richmond, 2019

acrylic on canvas

105 x 135 CM

From the artist

Eerie silence envelopes the graveyard as darkness descends. Tombstones standing mostly erect, although some cracked and crumbling and leaning over with age, slowly decomposing, inscriptions fading. These early white pioneers now resting in the foreign Aboriginal land which they had previously invaded. The correlation of the title and this
painting should be evident, as this landscape of the dead and the permanence of death, that comes to us all. But, the land remains no matter who the custodians are.

Artist background

Born Launceston where he lives and works. Exhibiting since late 1980s. Winner of Tasmanian Art Award/Watercolour, Eskleigh 2006 & 2004. Finalist Glover 2004.