by Len Langan
The works of gifted artists have spoken to us for centuries and it does not take long for visitors to Tasmania to realise that our island has a wealth of artistic talent flowing from a seemingly never ending muse inhabiting our native soil. Two pictures recently came to my notice by our Tasmanian artist Jonathan Barnard.
Firstly, a portrait of an actual tree close to the centre of our island near Oatlands. It is a rich and moving study painted with loving care. It brings to mind the observation made by Shakespeare “All things that live must die, passing through nature to eternity” for it is a study of age and decay with a strong emphasis on the determination to survive possessed by all living things. There is nothing depressing in a picture such as this because it has captured the very soul and essence of natures everlasting wonder and beauty. It is a picture that has magically captured the moving essence of Tasmania and deserves to be owned by someone who wants to keep a memory of us in their heart.
Secondly, a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the ship “Endeavour” riding at anchor as she may have been seen by Aboriginal people after her long voyage from the old world to our then new world. It catches a timeless glimpse of mankind’s courage and enterprise. The ship seems to blend into the seascape as ships do firing our imagination to bring long gone days back to life. Precious memories of our personal and national life can be extracted from this picture speaking to us in the timeless chords of imagination and recollection. Music to our inner ears and hearts.
Image Credit: Tall Ships Hobart 2013. Permission to republish granted by Daryl Poobles (Media and Communications Manager, Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Inc.) For more details phone 0418 972 420.
For anyone visiting Tasmania pictures by Jonathan Barnard and other delightful works of art can be seen at Gallery Pejean at 57 George Street, Launceston (open Wednesday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm).
Placed in the heart of Launceston’s CBD you will be rewarded by the city’s rich variety in architecture. Make a point of looking above the shop fronts for a visual experience and an insight into our history and heritage.
Len Langan lives in Longford with his wife Jill. They are both passionate about Tasmanian heritage and tourism and things that can be done in this industry. Len writes about Tasmanian history for both The Courier in Longford and the magazine Sagacity, and works with Virtuosi taking music to rural areas.
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