When I was younger, I was sure that I lived in a cultural void. Disconnected from any particular cultural ancestry, Ned Kelly was about the only mythical Australian hero I could think of and there were no Australian saints to patronise my suburban existence. Instead I became preoccupied by the exotic paintings in my beloved encyclopaedia of European mythology. Classical, Norse and Celtic mythology have developed over millennia and influenced artists continuously; I became one of many inspired by their tales of heroism, drama and supernatural intervention. Most of us know these characters, even though they originated far away and long ago; they shared the same passions and pains as we do today, making their struggles oddly familiar. Yet my paintings reference these ancient stories and characters from an unavoidably Tasmanian point of view, an eccentric combination of narratives reflecting our uniquely jumbled cultural perspective.

As an example, I recently attended a Hobart party enigmatically themed ‘The Old Gods’ and was fascinated to see the variety of cultures drawn on to produce haphazardly hodgepodge costumes; flowers, feathers, gold headdresses, wallaby skins, blue faces, swirly tattoos and silver bangles. No one could claim to represent any one particular culture or deity. It seems that contemporary Tasmania has a unique world view patchworked together from indigenous and migrant stories, beliefs, customs and languages, as well as the ongoing impact of globalisation. As well as external influences, we have also developed our own words and phrases, both Indigenous and European in origin, and have our own tales from a wild landscape imbued with a long, difficult history. In some ways it’s not a very old culture, but it is unique. In this exhibition I have borrowed from and reinterpreted classic stories and characters from my Tasmanian perspective; with respect, affection and a hint of irreverent humour.

1. Saint Sebastian 2016
oil on wood panel
100 x 68cm
$6,200

SOLD

2. Snow White 2016
oil on wood panel
76 x 56cm
$5,200

SOLD

3. Codd Bottle Romance (Persephone) 2016
oil on myrtle veneer
40 x 60cm
$4,600

SOLD

4. Medusa 2016
oil on panel
40 x 50cm
$4,200

SOLD

5. Saint Simeon Offers His Opinion 2016
oil on panel
60 x 35cm
$4,200

SOLD

6. Bowerbird 2016
oil on panel
40 x 30cm
$3,400

SOLD

7. Bok Bok 2015
oil on panel
50cm diameter
$3,200

SOLD

8. Allan 2015
40cm diameter
$3,000
9. Medusa Outtake (study) 2016
oil on myrtle veneer panel
24 x 24cm
$2,600

SOLD

10. Nick the Satyr 2016
oil on myrtle veneer panel
24 x 24cm
$2,600
11. Demi the Semi-Norse Deity 2016
oil on myrtle veneer panel
24 x 24cm
$2,600

SOLD

12. Helena the South-American Wallaby Queen 2016
oil on myrtle veneer panel
24 x 24cm
$2,600

SOLD

Finalist Kilgour Prize

SOLD