Raymond Arnold

Painting Relic Painting, 2011

acrylic on canvas, diptych

153 x 112cm

From the artist

I was walking a denuded rocky ridge above the mining town last summer when I came across some things quite startling. I wrote to the University plant scientists and they said it was Agastachys odorata or fragrant candle bush or White Waratah. It is the only species of this genus, and is native only in the western and southern Tasmania. It was probably a relic from pre-settlement rainforest before the destruction wrought by the miners in the late 19th century.

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