Flight to freedom in Moonah

THE works of local sculptural artist Barry Smith and painter Lyn Duniam were celebrated in an exhibition launched recently at the Moonah Arts Centre.

“Freedom’s Flight” explores the different flight characteristics of wing types and their implications in both the natural world and manned flight.

A number of Mr Smiths’ sculptures feature in the exhibition, which was launched by the Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer.

The artist, who draws inspiration from aviation, dedicates a large portion of his work to the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Mr Smith began his artistic career in the early 1970s, first conceiving the idea of an aviation sculpture project in 2002 as part of an assignment for his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree.

Since then, the three sculptures he produced for assessment have gone on to be displayed in exhibitions across Australia.

The Freedom’s Flight is a first for Ms Duniam, who created a triptych of works on canvas.

Taking inspiration from flight and the insect world, Ms Duniam’s canvas work explores her own personal journey using flight, spirituality and the insect world to express her evaluation of life and its meaning.

“The works are a wonderful example of just some of the incredible artistic talent we have here in Tasmania,” Ms Archer said.

“I wish to congratulate Barry and Lyn on producing these truly unique and outstanding works.”

Freedom’s Flight runs until 3 February at MAC and the centre is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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