The Glover Prize 2018....finalist and Highly Commended
The Glover Prize Exhibition is held in Evandale in Northern Tasmania every year. Artists are invited to submit a painting which " defines Landscape painting in it's broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meanings and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasamania. The Glover is open to artists from anywhere in the world. Entrants in the exhibition include in their submission a statement about the work....here is mine.
No matter how pristine the view, how manicured the property, how glorious the beach and the sparkling water, there is always a tip somewhere, close by. It may be a gully or a dip in the land or maybe a hole has been purpose dug but so long as it is not too close to the house or the water supply and the trailer can get there without falling apart, it serves. There sits the old car, rusting gently amid the bracken with old tyres and oil drums for companions, there rolls the old fence amid the blackberries with droppers still attached, and the bones of animals past turn green and grey. And there is the hum of flies and the whiff of something more recent, and underneath all are the layers from past Tip Trips to the Black Hole. This painting has something of the tip about it I think.