Elizabeth Barsham (formerly painting as E.M. Christensen) is an award-winning artist working in Tasmania, Australia's island state.
Paintings by Elizabeth Barsham - new exhibition opens 4 August 2017
Shane's Grassy Oppy is just one of the paintings in Elizabeth Barsham's new solo exhibition at Sawtooth ARI Gallery, 160 Cimitiere St., Launceston.
This is a little taster for a major exhibition to be held in the gallery early next year (dates to be confirmed).
Paintings by Elizabeth Barsham runs from 5 - 26 August; gallery hours 12 - 5 pm Wed - Fri; 10 am - 2 pm Saturday.
If you missed Elizabeth's Hobart exhibition in January 2017, you can still see the paintings here: Excursions and Adventures - paintings
Elizabeth's uniquely imaginative oil paintings are an emotional expression of her ancestral connection to the landscape and its people. Often based on old family photographs, they feature mysterious figures against a backdrop of rugged mountains, impenetrable forest and crumbling buildings in an unsettling but hauntingly beautiful mixture of nostalgia, gothic romanticism and humour.
A descendant of the first convict settlers, she has also written several books and articles about Tasmanian family history and was the first Tasmanian to publish a book about a convict ancestor (Thomas Burbury, Pioneer of Tasmania by E.M. Christensen and W. Sinclair, Victoria, 1979).
Barsham does not dwell on lurid details of the colonial penal system but admires the determination and fortitude shown by pioneering men and women who endured terrible hardships in creating the townships, farms and industries enjoyed today. She is passionate about the need to explore and record what traces remain of their lives, while protecting both the natural and built environment.
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