13. Nigel Hewitt (Tas)
Ash, polymer, wax and oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm
“In the ash rendering of a surviving and imperilled ancient forest such as this I am dedicated to the capture of reality to draw the viewer to the work. The surface of the landscape, constructed from bushfire ash, speaks about death and the subject’s innate vulnerability. However, emerging abruptly from this, and suggesting transformation, regeneration and hope is the proud, fertile Richea Dracophylla, a plant not considered to be at risk, which is endemic to the forests of South East Tasmania.”
About the artist
Nigel Hewitt’s recent work deals with vulnerable and uneasy landscapes. In 2016 he was awarded a Creative Development Fellowship to explore ash as a medium to interrogate natural environments under threat. His works are represented in many major art collections, he has exhibited extensively internationally and nationally, is frequently selected for commissions and has received numerous local and national art awards including, in 2015, The Glover Prize the country’s then richest landscape prize.
This artwork has been sold