oil on linen
152 x 182
The west coast of Tasmania has been a continuing source of visual scavenging for over 20 years, its rugged environs, with ever changing moods and clarity of light, quite unique, even by Tasmanian standards. The term 'romantic' could be readily used to label this work, and there is probably a list of past and present painters to whom I owe homage. I constantly use photos that I have taken; yet the photo at the end of the day is little more than something to jog the memory, and bears little resemblance to the painted image. These landscapes take on ambiguities, the complex interplay between illusionism and abstraction, direct gestural marks and the unpredictability of chance.
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.