PAINTINGS GIVE TOUR OF GLENORCHY

2 February 2021|Community News| Off Comments off on PAINTINGS GIVE TOUR OF GLENORCHY|

THE Glenorchy area will be featured in an upcoming exhibition of landscape paintings that depict the streets and parks of Glenorchy.

‘A Walking Tour of Glenorchy’ is an exhibition created by Peter Rudd over 18-months and will be on display at the Salamanca Arts Centre from 26 February to 8 March from 10am to 4pm daily.

The exhibition will contain about 25 landscapes painted in Wellington Park, Tolosa Park and the streets of Glenorchy.

“Locals may recognise their own home, their street or the place where they walk their dog in my paintings,” Mr Rudd said.

“I hope the exhibition will show them a familiar place seen from a new perspective, or in a way they hadn’t considered before.

“For people who don’t live in Glenorchy, I hope the exhibition will encourage them to explore the area for themselves, or at least enjoy its peculiar charm from afar through my work.”

Mr Rudd has been painting since he was a child and a move to Hobart from Sydney two-and-a-half-years-ago has helped inspire him to take a new direction with his painting.

“I chose to settle in Glenorchy in large part because my home is within walking distance of Wellington Park and so I am surrounded by native bush and wildlife,” Mr Rudd said.

“I was initially attracted to the structure and vegetation of the natural landscape, but the more I painted, the more I became interested in the suburban streets around my home.

“I began to paint pictures of houses and telegraph poles with hills and bush in the background. 

“My attention was drawn to the patchwork of manmade and natural elements which is typical of the area.

“I think my paintings depict Glenorchy as a place where suburban life and the natural world intermingle and coexist harmoniously.”

Most of the paintings were done outdoors in oil on canvas directly from the subject, which helped capture the light and atmosphere of the landscape, as well as communicate the feeling of being in a particular place at a particular time.

Mr Rudd said an advantage of working outdoors was that people would come up and talk to him about his work.

“Some have asked me why I am painting something which they look at every day and which they don’t think is interesting or beautiful,” he said.

“I say that sometimes you don’t see things clearly when you look at them every day.

“As an artist and a new comer to the area, my role is to see the landscape with fresh eyes and to draw attention to what makes it interesting to me.”

For more information about the exhibition, visit https://www.salarts.org.au/event/a-walking-tour-of-glenorchy/.

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