Raymond Arnold

Western Mountain Ecology, 2007

acrylic on canvas

81 x 122cm

From the artist

Tucked into the lower watershed of the Queen River valley in Western Tasmania is a small timber mill. My nose prickles at the Huon Pine perfume, which is heavy in the air. I learn that samples of large, salvaged logs reveal timelines in their annular rings that coincide with events from history; European settlement of Australia back to the birth of Christ and beyond. I am painting in a type of museum as much as a cemetery! Growth rings and ordered geometric stacking through labour are the conversion of one thing into another. My painting represents another step in this 'flow'.

Judges Comments

Raymond Arnold has painted stacks of reclaimed Huon pine to create a powerful and revolutionary work. His subject, stacks of wood on a wet day, is given an epic and architectural solidity. This painting invites the viewer to completely rethink landscape and the ordering and flow of the natural world. The work challenges assumptions of the landscape tradition and what constitutes an appropriate subject within the landscape. Instead of the grand gesture and dramatic sweep, this work presents a quiet corner of a timber yard in the west of Tasmania.

Judges: John Wolesley, Artist, Victoria; Craig Judd, Curator, Detached Hobart; & Robyn Daw, Curator, Brisbane

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