Robert O'Connor

Wood, 2017

oil on canvas

180 x 140 cm

From the artist

Tasmania is a place of incredible natural beauty, but we are intent on exploiting it. In 2014, the Tasmanian and Federal Governments proposed delisting the World Heritage area to allow logging in protected forests. It was the first time a developed nation had sought to delist a site for economic purposes. The proposal was rejected by the World Heritage Committee, but the intent was there and that is worrying.

Artist background

Lives and works in Hobart Tasmania. Exhibitng since 2008 including solo shows at Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago Chile; Constance ARI, Hobart & Sawtooth ARI Launceston. Recipient of MONA Scholarship 2007 & Shotgun mentorship program 2016. Winner of RACT Tasmanian Portraiture Prize 2011.