Michael McWilliams

Liffey River Intruders, 2005

acrylic on board

95 x 146cm

From the artist

This image of cattle is viewed from the opposite side of the river through a cluster of dark trees and bushes. The viewer is perhaps disturbing the cattles' leisurely time at the river. Although a seemingly pleasant and relaxing image, most Tasmanian streams and rivers are suffering from increasing human interference and pollution. Farming practices, industrial development and the continued clearing of land all add to the problem.

The Liffey River is a perfect example of this. Beginning its life as a pristine stream it develops into a dirty and polluted river as it passes through farms and areas of human habitation.

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