Michael McWilliams

Landscape with Ostriches, 2008

acrylic on canvas

122 x 167cm

From the artist

The clearing and destruction of Tasmania's native and old-growth forests has increased dramatically in the past ten or so years. Improvements in mechanisation have allowed vast areas of forest to be quickly cleared and replaced by fast growing Eucalypts or Radiata pines. I am continually frustrated by our government's lack of interest in the environment and in particular its support and promotion of the forest industry.

Judges Comments

We enjoyed the playfully interpretation of a vexed and hotly contested political issue. Technically, it is a thoroughly realized work.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1956, lives and works in Perth Tasmania. Exhibiting since the 1990s. Finalist in Wynne Prize 2008. Winner of Tasmanian Art Awards 1994, City of Burnie Art Prize 2000, Glover Prize 2004, Waterhouse Natural Art History Prize 2005 & 2008. Winner of People's Choice Award at the Glover Prize 2014 & 2012 & Bay Of Fires Art Prize 2012. Commissioned by Ten Days on the Island 2009 & 2011.

Represented by Handmark Gallery, Hobart/Evandale; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne; & Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane