oil on linen
102 x 152 CM
I had, some time ago, devoted a day to Cradle Mountain. I had only intended to stand upon its peak; a privilege I enjoyed in solitude. Breathless at the wilderness receding to the south and with fond memories of past wanderings, my curiosity was not sated. From the summit I could scry a path which curved down into the chilled valleys behind the famous peaks. I resolved, was drawn, to follow it and thus, having had no plan to, circumnavigated the Mountain. Emerging from otherworldly groves of moss and trees which nestle upon its slopes and shadowed places, I ascended from the southern deeps as the Mountain continued to speak in its silent way; a vantage point on the path causing particular pause.
Having been immersed within this place, I was yet no closer to what I sought than when I started. True, I had gorged on all that was offered, but it remained ‘remains’ other; of distinct and differing voices magnificent in their removal from all that surrounds. It is a vital, visceral place. A place of sanctuary, and yet, of danger; of luring beauty and the immutable. It still speaks, and I yet hunger. I cannot forget.
Born Adelaide 1973 where he lives and works. Exhibited in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney since 1995. Winner of John Leslie Art Prize 2010. Highly commended Heysen Prize 2009; Waterhouse 2009 & Glover Prize 2009. Has won people's choice awards at Heysen Prize 2005 & 2007, Glover Prize 2007; Fleurieu Biennale 2008; John Leslie Art Prize 2012; R & M McGivern Prize 2012; & Alice Prize 2014;. Redgate Residencies, Beijing China 2015/16. Work held in collecitons of Artbank, Pariament House, Canberra and Gipplsand Art Gallery.
Represented by Colville Gallery, Hobart; Dickerson Gallery NSW; & Mossenson Galleries WA