Stephen Lees

Wishbone Ridge, 2005

oil on board

120 x 180cm

From the artist

"Wishbone Ridge" depicts the parched landscape of the sandstone ridge with the wind blasted trees clinging for survival in this inhospitable environment. The viewer's perspective from above the trees, shows that although the ridge is surrounded by water, it is hundreds of metres below and is the sea; unreachable and unusable. This painting confronts the reality that Tasmania is not just the lush green pastures so fondly depicted by tourist brochures but encompasses a wide range of landscape.

Judges Comments

"A very thoughtfully executed painting with the paint-skin built up from glaze upon glaze upon glaze resulting in a beautiful surface and finished object."
Judges: Janet Laurence, Artist, Sydney; Prof Vincent McGrath, Academic UTAS; & Dick Bett AM, Art Dealer, Hobart

Artist background

Born Hobart 1954. Lives and works in Tasmania. Exhibiting since early 1970s primarily in Tasmania. Winner of Glover Prize 2005 & highly commended 2004 & 2008.  Work held in major Tasmanian public collections.

Represented by Colville Gallery, Hobart.