Nicholas Blowers

Savage Ponds, 2016

oil on canvas

162 x 190 cm

From the artist

My introduction to the tailings ponds was as a jarring change in atmosphere as we turned the bend in the road and came upon emerald green water and half emerged trees. That night we hold up in the Waratah pub so I could return the next day to walks its edge. Time is experienced though an appreciation of many moments of collapse and decay, and built up over time through the hand-made painterly process.

Judges Comments

This meticulous work depicts degradation of the waterways ­and is a courageous view. Not many artists commit to the dreadful side of Tasmanian landscape. Nicholas is a consummate painter who has consistently delivered this perspective in his practice. The things that are most beautiful in the image are the most toxic. Such a subject could be stiff and awkward but the artist has retained a lightness of touch that is impelling.

Artist background

Born Barking, UK 1972. Exhibited since early 2000s primarily in Melbourne and Sydney. Finalist in many major art prizes including Paul Guest Drawing Prize and Bay of Fires 2014; Hutchins  2013; Fleurieu 2008, Waterhouse 2011 & 2007, Blake 2005 and Glover 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008.

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart & Mick Gallery, Sydney