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Haunted Landscape

Elizabeth Barsham

21 July, 2018

Artists of the bizarre and surreal challenge preconceptions. They can offend the moralistic, the aesthetically timid or those who perceive time in a linear way. As such, Haunted Landscape is not for the lovers of conventional pastoral painting. The sumptuously rendered Tasmanian hills and valleys are peopled(?) with rotting Thylacines and zombie like ghosts whose outer form expresses the corruption of their inner life.

A bushwalker, Elizabeth Barsham is also an historian and as she tramps through the landscape she knows who has been here before. Her family were early white settlers and she is aware of the displacement of indigenous people for the benefit of colonials. Failed dreams, war widows and lost hikers are also the narratives underpinning these paintings. Or maybe not, because Barsham is also tricky (as Surrealists are prone to be). And in a world of #metoo and a Royal commission into child abuse maybe the female presence in her work is telling a different story.

Elizabeth Barsham is a great painter who narrates the Tasmanian experience through the lens of gender, history and humour, combining great intelligence with sublime technique.

Bones Of The Ancestors

Bones Of The Ancestors

Oil on canvas, 76 cm x 152 cm

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Following The Van

Following The Van

Oil on canvas, 66 cm x 112 cm

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Among The Fallen

Among The Fallen

Oil on canvas, 66 cm x 97 cm

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Big White Fish Head in The Sky

Big White Fish Head in The Sky

Acrylic on paper, 29 cm x 42 cm, framed

A Child's Guide to Wilderness

A Child's Guide to Wilderness

Oil on canvas, 84 cm x 91 cm

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Old School

Old School

Oil on canvas, 56 cm x 71 cm

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Settlement Day

Settlement Day

Oil on canvas, 66 cm x 97 cm

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Laughing Girl

Laughing Girl

Oil on canvas, 76 cm x 61 cm

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Kelp Harvest

Kelp Harvest

Acrylic on paper, 42 cm x 29 cm, framed

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Thing From The Ocean

Thing From The Ocean

Acrylic on paper, 42 cm x 29 cm, framed

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McCraes Hill

McCraes Hill

Oil on canvas, 91 cm x 76 cm

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Landscape with Melting Church

Landscape with Melting Church

Oil on canvas, 60 cm x 40 cm

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Second Island

Second Island

Oil on canvas, 36 cm x 28 cm

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