Elizabeth Barsham (formerly painting as E.M. Christensen) is an award-winning artist working in Tasmania, Australia's island state.

Have you seen Elizabeth Barsham's new book?

Book cover - The Caravan Moves On; © Elizabeth Barsham

Thirty years ago Tasmania's mistress of the strange held her first solo exhibition. To celebrate, she has produced a book of paintings spanning her entire career.

This brand new hard-cover book, The Caravan Moves On contains a selection of one hundred photographs of Elizabeth Barsham's stunningly beautiful paintings, with descriptive comments by the artist.


Mail order: Price $54.95 plus $15.00 postage and handling to anywhere within Australia.


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Interviews with the Artist

"Elizabeth Barsham paints incredible scenes combining familiar Tasmanian landscapes with parades of fantastical creatures. ABC Producer Joel Rheinberger asked her when she first put brush to paper"

ABC on Soundcloud


Hannah Herrmann-Payn's short documentary

Tasmanian Gothic on ABC Open


with Greg Nolan

youtube video


with Chris Wisbey

Hobart Weekends - ABC Radio


with The Green Widow

Necromancy Gothic Radio

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Bushwalking for Beginners

doll-like figure walking among blue rocks; oil painting by Elizabeth Barsham

Bushwalking for Beginners; oil on canvas board 61 cm x 76 cm

One of the works from Elizabeth Barsham's recent solo exhibition.
Visit the gallery to see various strange and silly paintings, especially selected by Betty Nolan

Nolan Gallery and Nolan School of Art
Space 109, Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Pl, Hobart, Tasmania

contact gallery: phone (03) 6223 3449
gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 1000 – 1700; Sunday 1300 – 1700
gallery website: www.nolanart.com.au

To cope with life I hide away and paint stuff. Some people call me a surrealist, but the big, wide world outside is totally weird, far beyond anything I could possibly imagine. In the privacy of my studio I create places where I am in charge, rearranging things to suit myself. They might not be an improvement on reality, but they're a lot of fun.

Betty Nolan says they have "a merry tongue in cheek ghoulishness”. Do come along and see whether you agree with her.

recent exhibition - more pictures


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.

acrlic painting - surreal organist

Song of the Mill, 58 cm x 41 cm acrylic on paper, was my contribution to Metamorphosis, an international exhibition at the annual Ripattoni Art Festival in Italy.

More information: Gotico Visonaria blog

After the Mine - oil painting by Elizabeth Barsham

After the Mine, oil on canvas, 91 cm x 91 cm, was a finalist in the 2015 Glover Prize, Australia's richest prize for landscape painting.

more pictures

Bushwalking for Beginners 2017
Excursions and Adventures 2017
King Island Gothic - 2012
2010 Solo Exhibition
Environment - Weld Echo exhibitions
People and Places
Landscape with Attitude
seriously weird paintings
Tasmanian Ironbark
The Berlin Collection
Here be Dragons
The Caravan Moves On - Paintings by Elizabeth Barsham
Miss Barsham's Painting Book for Bewildered Beginners
Before They Built The Bridge

Tasmanian Gothic on Facebook


Digging around in History
The Travel Diaries of Edward Wallace
Weird Wild Art

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