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

 

On 18th May 2014, ABC 936 local radio played an interview in which Chris Wisbey and Elizabeth Barsham talked about her life, her home and her art.

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Elizabeth Barsham talks to Greg Nolan about her art:

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Do you want to do it yourself? Elizabeth teaches regular classes and workshops at Nolan Art Gallery and School

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Strange Relations; © Elizabeth Barsham
Strange Relations
installation by Elizabeth Barsham at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart. 1 - 31 March 2014

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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 preserving both the built environment and the remaining forests and primaeval wilderness.

A selection of Elizabeth Barsham's paintings can be seen at Nolan Art Gallery, 77 Salamanca Pl, Hobart



ARTWORK
Personal History - paintings old and new
King Island Gothic - 2012
Exhibition at Tarraleah - Jan 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
private tuition
LearnXpress (Adult Education)
Nolan Art Gallery and School
WRITING AND PUBLICATIONS
Here be Dragons
Miss Barsham's Painting Book for Bewildered Beginners
Before They Built The Bridge
greeting cards

CAREER INFORMATION
JUST A TASMANIAN
Tasmanian Gothic on Facebook


WHAT IS TASMANIAN GOTHIC?
Mary Gray's album

OTHER RELATED WEBSITES
Weird Wild Art

All content on this website © E.M. Christensen     contact the artist:  barsham@tasmanian-gothic.com