Recent Memories, Tasman Island

1. Sound, Silence; Before I Was There. Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
133 x 127cm
$8,500
AN ARTIST ON TASMAN ISLAND

A visit to Tasman Island in 2008 was the catalyst for Luke Wagner's fascination with the island's dramatic landscape and history.
For hundreds, possibly thousands of years, Aboriginal Tasmanians travelled to Tasman Island using their unique bark canoes. A ‘very ancient’ Aboriginal skull was recovered from a penguin rookery in 1913 and the island is the site of the first record of Aboriginal seal hunting in south east Tasmania. Numbers of Aboriginal stone implements have been found on the island.
A wide variety of birds have been recorded, a mix of resident and transient species which can easily move, seasonally and even daily, to and from mainland Tasmania for feeding and breeding. The island also has an abundant seabird population; including the largest Fairy Prion colony and the only significant colony of sooty shearwaters inTasmania.
Tasman Island lighthouse, the highest operating lighthouse in Australia, was first lit in 1906. Three light keepers tended the light until automation in 1976. The keepers and their families were removed in 1977, abandoning the heritage-listed buildings to time and the elements.
Domestic cats, introduced by lightkeepers in the early 1900s, established a significant feral population when the light station was de-manned which had a severe effect on the native bird population. Attempts in the 1980s to reduce their numbers failed.
In 2008 a joint effort between Wildcare’s Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund, founded by Rob Pennicott, the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Resource Management and Conservation Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, was ultimately successful.
Seabird numbers and species diversity appear to have significantly increased following the removal of the last of the feral cats in 2010.
The original vegetation on Tasman Island would probably have been a dense forest of banksia and she-oak. A few old specimens still remain, but clearing trees for firewood, fires and grazing by sheep and cattle converted much of the plateau into a windswept mosaic of grassland, shrubland and sedgeland.
The Wildcare group, Friends of Tasman Island (FoTI) was formed in 2005. After 28 self-funded working bees, an impressive range of conservation and maintenance work on both the natural and built heritage has been achieved. Volunteers spend 10 days on the island each working bee.
Ongoing funding initiatives are needed to restore the keepers’ quarters to their former glory. Luke generously donated his time, artistic skills and resources to ensure FoTI’s first crowd-funding campaign was successful. As a volunteer on their November 2017 working bee, Luke contributed (including a lot of painting!) to the rebuilding of the sunroom and front verandah of Lightkeepers’ Quarters No 2.
The spectacular natural wonders of Tasman Island with its jaw-dropping views of Cape Pillar and the Blade are a magnet for artists. Luke is keen to help FoTI plan an Artist in Residence program on the island so more artists can be inspired by the beauty and history of the island while contributing to its conservation and sustainability.
Luke's experiences and observations of the island’s dramatic moods, soaring cliffs, and native birds have inspired this exhibition. Each of the 38 species of birds are depicted together with a sonogram of its bird song.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Tasman Island.

Erika Shankley & Carol Jackson
Friends of Tasman Island Wildcare Inc
2. John Cook’s steps, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
122 x 183cm
$8,500
3. On Tasman Island, the Haulage 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 183cm
$7,500
4. Morning Light, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 183cm
$7,500
5. Lost World, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 122cm
$4,900
6. The Haulage #2, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 122cm
$4,900
7. Zephyr, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 122cm
$4,900
8. Summer Heat, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 122cm
$4,900
9. The Lighthouse, Tasman Island 2018
Oil and wax on linen
77 x 122cm
$4,900

Birds of Tasman Island

1. Eudyptula minor 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
2. Pachyptila turtur 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
3. Puffinus griseus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
4. Puffinus tenuirostris 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
5. Pelencanoides urinator 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
6. Diomeda cauta 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
7. Macronectes halli 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
8. Morus serrator 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
9. Phalacrocorax fuscescens 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
10. Ardea novaehollandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
11. Aquila audax fleayi 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
12. Haliaeetus leucogaster 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
13. Circus approximans 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
14. Accipter fasciatus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
15. Falco berigora 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
16.Falco peregrinus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
17. Ninox novaeseelandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
18. Dryolimnas pectoralis 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
19. Haematopus fuliginosus2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
20. Larus pacificus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
21. Larus novaehollandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
22. Sterna bergii 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
23. Calyptorhynchus funerus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
24. Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
25. Phylidonyris novaehollandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
26. Phylidonyris novaehollandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
27. Petroica phoenicea 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
28. Hirundo neoxena 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
29. Hirundo nigricans 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
30. Zosterops lateralis 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
31. Anthus novaeseelandiae 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
32. Corvus tasmanicus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
33. Alauda arvensis 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
34. Carduelis carduelis 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
35. Carduelis chloris 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
36. Passer domesticus 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
37. Turdus merula 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650
38. Sturnus vulgaris 2018
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54 x 34cm
$1,650