We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Nicholas Blowers Savage entropy in Payne's grey

oil on canvas

167.5 x 207 cm

There is a busy, chaotic feel to my work; a world of debris and clutter that one often finds in the Australian landscape. I often search for places that have a heightened sense of drama and find it particularly in subjects that are in an advanced stage of collapse and decay.

The subject of this painting is a mine-tailings pond at Savage River in Tasmania. It is a place of conflict, a landscape where both human interests and wildness compete. Paradoxically, it is also a place of beauty at odds with the drama that is unfolding.

Nicholas Blowers, 2020