Raymond Arnold

La Barque de Dante/Macquarie Harbour Party Barge, 2017

acrylic on canvas (diptych)

102 x 153 cm

From the artist

My dream of the ghost ship, the ship of ghosts Delacroix’s ‘breakthrough’ painting and a Situationist ‘switch’ Détournement - Departed souls crossing the Styx.

Judges Comments

Speaking on behalf of his fellow judges, Eleonora Triguboff and Dr Mary Knights, Head Judge, Ben Quilty said both Arnold and Kelly are artists and activists.
 “The judges were drawn to Raymond Arnold’s and Joan Kelly’s visceral and powerful response to the landscape of Tasmania. Neither of their works are pretty paintings, instead both artists have explored ideas of environmental and psychological histories of contested landscapes,” Quilty said.
 “In selecting his work, the judges congratulate Raymond Arnold for his dark and brooding acrylic painting as the winner of the Glover Prize 2017,” Quilty added.
Judges: Eleonora Triguboff, Chair / Publisher ARTAND Foundation Dott Books; Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of art Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; and Ben Quilty, Artist

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