DENISE BASSETT & BRUCE EDWARDS

- Soul Maps -

October 05 - 31, 2021

Denise Bassett is a Hobart based contemporary artist. Denise grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan in Western Canada, and her early memories of the wide landscapes and vast skies are a continuing influence in her work as an artist. Living in Tasmania has brought new dimensions to her artistic perspective and extended the inspiration that underpins her paintings.

‘I am passionate about watercolour and the way the colours move and mix on wet paper. There is a certain unpredictability and magic that happens. I work with this to focus on mood and atmosphere, light and shadow to express my inner response to landscapes rather than a replication of specific places.’

Bruce Edward's lifelong interest in the visual arts led naturally to drawing and painting in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, printmaking, watercolour and acrylics. His work covers a wide range of subjects from the figurative to the abstract but his primary focus is the diversity of the Australian landscape, its fragility and ephemeral nature. A long term resident of Tasmania and keen bushwalker, Bruce revels in the island's endless diversity of terrain, geology and landscape.

'My sense of this country is of a place that is both beautiful and sad; the middens and living spaces stubbornly persist against the obliteration of an unthinking present. Everywhere there is the inescapable absence, and presence, of a missing people. In the Tasmania I imagine, shadows move through the trees and, if you listen, you will hear their quiet, unshod footsteps.'

 



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