Richard Klekociuk

Preparing the Table (Cape), 2014

coloured pencil on pastel board

89 x 139

From the artist

Table Cape, a flat-topped plateau, is an extinct volcano. Close on two centuries of farming has resulted in the land being (mathematically) divided, its fertility resulting in reliable annual bursts of colour and seasonal mark-making; a marriage between natural and man-made design. It's late spring, and the annual tulip quilt has almost disappeared. Nearby fileds have been prepared; many have already been sown. This rich 'slice' of Tasmanian will soon see food appear on its table.

Artist background

Born in Hobart 1950. Exhibiting Tasmania since mid-1970s. Winner of TasArt Pastel Prize 2008, 2007, 2003 & 2001. Finalist in Wrest Point Art Award 2008.