Jonathon Barnard

Midland Tree, 2014

oil on canvas

122 x 82

From the artist

The Midlands has many dead or dying skeletal eucalypts protruding from the dry barren land. They present a testimony, both beautiful and horrifying, of colonial man's desire to control and manipulate the landscape of this beautiful island and turn it into the lush green pastoral land of England. Glover stood as one who saw the beauty already present here. In the catalogue to his 1835 exhibition Glover noted: "There is a remarkable peculiarity to the Trees of this Country."

Artist background

Born in UK, arriving in Australia in 1972. Exhibiting in Tasmania since 1982. Featured in Australian Art Collection 2007.

Represented by Colville Gallery, Hobart & Gallery Pejean, Launceston