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

Hannah Herrmann-Payn's short documentary

Tasmanian Gothic on ABC Open

 

with Greg Nolan

youtube video

 

with Chris Wisbey

Hobart Weekends - ABC Radio


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Excursions and Adventures - new paintings by Elizabeth Barsham

surreal sheep with drover on horseback in idyllic landscape; oil painting by Elizabeth Barsham

Settlement Day; oil on canvas 66 cm x 97 cm

Settlement Day is just one of the paintings you can see in this solo exhibition, opening at Freehand Gallery, 212 Elizabeth St., Hobart at 5.30pm on Friday 13th January, 2017. Add it to the things to see while you're in town for MO FO. Exhibition ends 22 January.

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download exhibition catalogue (pdf file)

Interview with The Green Widow on Necromancy Gothic Radio 9 January 2017

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.

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ARTWORK
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
etchings
PAINTING TUITION
WRITING AND PUBLICATIONS
Here be Dragons
The Caravan Moves On - Paintings by Elizabeth Barsham
Miss Barsham's Painting Book for Bewildered Beginners
Before They Built The Bridge

CAREER INFORMATION
JUST A TASMANIAN
Tasmanian Gothic on Facebook


WHAT IS TASMANIAN GOTHIC?

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Digging around in History
Weird Wild Art

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