Michael McWilliams

Portrait of a Landscape, 2016

acrylic on linen

150 x 120cm

From the artist

Italian artist Guiseppi Arcimboldo (1526 –1593) although not the first, and certainly not the last, is probably the best known of all artists to transform the human face into humorous, fanciful and sometimes grotesque images. As a person who enjoys a visually stimulating environment, taking this approach allows scale to be largely ignored, enables elements of the landscape not often seen together to be connected, and provides the freedom to select a variety of elements without the constrictions of a particular vista or place.

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