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Understory – Barsham and Boyer

Darkly witty and strangely beautiful truths in oils and glass.


An exhibition featuring Tasmanian Gothic painter Elizabeth Barsham and glass sculptor Helene Boyer exploring things hidden in the understory.

Oil on Linen 66 cm x 97cm
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Elizabeth Barsham

Visual artists

Elizabeth Barsham is the original Tasmanian Gothic artist.

After a successful career as an educator in northern Tasmania, Helene began the journey of
a self-taught glass artist and has established an ongoing workspace at the Tin Shed Artist
Studios in Launceston. She is committed to celebrating and valuing the complexity, fragility
and beauty of the natural world and to raising awareness of related environmental issues.
She has a particular focus on Tasmania’s unique marine and terrestrial environments. Her
sculptural work combines flame-worked, mouth blown and kiln-fired glass forms with glass
paints, clay, metal, found objects, concrete or acrylic. Few glass artists in Australia combine
‘pate de verre’ (kiln-worked glass) or objects from nature with flame-worked glass.
She publishes examples of her working processes and completed works on her Instagram
page @hmboyer.

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Understory – Barsham and Boyer

Nolan Gallery and School of Art
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Tasmania

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