“Growing up in Hobart during the fifties and sixties ‘the past’ was a place we did not go.”
– Helen Leckie
Upon returning to Tasmania after many years Helen Leckie has found stories emerging from the shadows which have inspired her to imagine in clay those feisty ancestors for too long unknown to us. Her research has focussed mainly on our founding mothers, the bawdy and the brave, the transportees and the impoverished free immigrants. Thus each figure has a name and a story. Tasmania’s unique fauna also appear including the sad shade of the thylacine. Helen’s work is stylised naturalism leaning towards finding the quintessential character of the subject.
After an absence of sixty years, John Osborne has become fascinated with the social, cultural and physical wonders of Tasmania. These shadows of his past are explored through a variety of techniques; linocuts (traditional, hand painted and pre-painted, multi-block and reduction), lino etchings and Gyotaku (traditional style of Japanese fish prints ). John’s work contains both detailed images of the island’s natural wonders as they interact both with themselves and with outside forces as well as stories that meander through the landscape both real and imagined.
This exhibition is at the SIDESPACE GALLERY at Salamanca Arts Centre.
Thursday 10 March 2016 at 5:30pm
With Helen Leckie
Monday 14 March 2016 at 11:00am
John Osborne will give a demonstration of the technique of GYOTAKU (Japanese style fish prints)
Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 11:00am