Michael McWilliams

New Kid on the Block, 2013

acrylic on linen

100 x 150cm

From the artist

Cats are formidable and opportunistic predators, well adapted to hunting small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and fish. With extinction of the thylacine and vastly reduced numbers of Tasmanian devils, competition has been significantly reduced, resulting in a significant increase in feral cat numbers. In reality, the cat is a largely nocturnal hunter and not often seen, making its numbers and its impact on the environment hard to assess.

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