Elizabeth Barsham - career

Elizabeth Barsham was born in Tasmania. After leaving school in Hobart she spent two or three years travelling in the Australian outback before settling in Melbourne, where she studied oil painting techniques with Wesley Penberthy, a former student of Norman Lindsay. She has been a practising artist since the 1980s, painting and exhibiting more or less full-time, but teaching adults to draw and paint to supplement her income. In the late 1990s she returned to live in the old family farmhouse on the outskirts of Hobart, where she has her studio.

Barsham exhibits regularly in commercial galleries and has won many awards, including Best Drawing, Best Painting and People's Choice in different Material Girl (now Women's Art Prize) exhibitions and first prize for painting in the City of Clarence Art Award. She has been a finalist in the City of Hobart Art Prize, the Blake Prize and the Glover Prize. Her highly collectible paintings have been purchased by prominent private Australian and international collectors, as well as by institutions as different as Monash University and the Clarence City Council.

Besides several solo exhibitions and participation in many mixed shows, activities in the past decade include a solo exhibition touring Tasmania with Tasmanian Regional Arts, an Arts Tasmania Cultural Residency at Currie, King Island, followed by exhibitions in Hobart and at the King Island Cultural Centre, artist residency at Tarraleah, overseas study in Berlin (Germany), and inclusion in two exhibitions of surrealist art at Teramo, Italy. A portfolio of paintings featured in Tasmania 40° South (issue 75), and in Island Magazine (issue 146) accompanying Fragments of Place, an article by Andrew Harper. Several of her paintings appear as animations in Rummin Productions' award-winning documentary series There Is No I In Island, which can be seen here (youTube)

Elizabeth Barsham's hobbies are local history research and bushwalking.

In Tasmania she is represented by Nolan Art Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.


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