Josh Foley

Sarah Island, circa 1832 , 2015

oil on linen

167 x 182

From the artist

Sarah Island, bordered by tumultuous sea and dense rain forest, was prison for the worst offenders from 1822 to 1833. William Buelow Gould (1801-1853), an itinerant convict with some skills with a paintbrush, was sent here for forgery. In 1832 he painted still lifes for Dr William de Little. So as ancient trees fell to fashion boats, and murderers, cannibals and schemers hammered nails into the hulls of ships, there also happened to be a bit of fine art and science taking place amidst the blood, violence, gore, disease, insanity, hate and famine.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1983 where he currently lives and works. Exhibiting since 2002 including at Sawtooth ARI Launceston, Devonport Regional Gallery & Constance ARI Hobart 2014; Outward Project Launceston 2013. Winner of the Tasmanian Art Award 2014 & Glover Prize 2011. Finalist in RACT Portraiture Prize 2010. Work held in Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery; Monash University and State Library of Victoria collections.

Represented by Despard Gallery, Hobart