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


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Classes at Nolan Art

Nolan Art Gallery and School at the Salamanca Arts Centre in Salamanca Place, right on Hobart's waterfront, is offering a range of one-day workshops over the Easter Break in 2014.
Details are yet to be finalised, but I will be teaching

  • Paint a Canvas in One Day - 20 April (Easter Sunday)
  • Drawing for Beginners - Wednesday 23 April
  • Intermediate Drawing - Thursday 24 April


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

Strange Relations juxtaposes the oil painting Cries of Drowned Sailors and mixed-media sculpture The Great Inflatable Flying Fetish with an assortment of probably unrelated objects in the front window of the Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.
Yes, the lights are on, so you can admire it any time of day or night.

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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

King Island Gothic - 2012
Exhibition at Tarraleah - Jan 2012
miscellaneous paintings
2010 Solo Exhibition
Environment - Weld Echo exhibitions
People and Places
Landscape with Attitude
seriously weird paintings
Tasmanian Ironbark
The Berlin Collection
private tuition
LearnXpress (Adult Education)
Nolan Art Gallery and School
Here be Dragons
Miss Barsham's Painting Book for Bewildered Beginners
Before They Built The Bridge
greeting cards

Tasmanian Gothic on Facebook

Mary Gray's album

Weird Wild Art

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