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The Mountain Remains

New Works by Adrian Barber

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“I was making my way across the Arthur Plains in the summer of 2016. My pack, filled with a week of supplies, felt heavy on my shoulders. The formidable, jagged peaks of the distant range came into view now and then through cloud, offering the promise of a challenging trek. But after a peaceful night spent at the base of the moraine, I began the slow, steep ascent in to the skyline ridges and another world revealed itself. The curtains of cloud lifted and I was struck by the complexity and magnificence of the place in which I stood. For the following 5 days, the sky remained clear and the mountain route was sublime. This complex terrain in the remote South-West of Tasmania has been a wonderful challenge to paint. I have worked carefully to capture the quality of the summer light and to highlight the intricate, quartzite formations. The works depict a few precious moments in time: a gentle, clear interlude in a place so often host to violent storms, or else hidden under dense cloud. High up, in this quiet and vast space, I felt I might be suspended, floating perhaps, with held breath, waiting in the stillness. And in crossing through this peaceful gateway, my sense of self loosened and began to fall away.” – Adrian Barber

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Acrylic on Canvas on Board
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Adrian Barber

Visual artists

Drawn to emotive passages of light, the effects of cloud, lichen patterns on stone and the structure of mountains.

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The Mountain Remains

Handmark – Hobart
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

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