Raymond Arnold

Stack, 2010

acrylic on canvas

112 x 153cm (diptych)

From the artist

For the last twenty years I've been painting dam sites, electrical sub stations, and mines situated here on the West Coat of Tasmania &ndash; the pursuit of industrial fetish and a type of 'beauty'. Most of the sites are remote and as such represent imaginary realms containing complicated interventions of technology into natural areas.<br>Geometry and random 'afterness' are at the heart of my painting of King Billy wood staves assembled again by helicopter lift after the dismantling of the historic Lake Margaret pipeline by teams of men and machines. The pictorial strategy is to establish a 'buffer' against the wasting away and the collapse of things.<br>

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