Paintings from the Forest…
Annette van Betlehem’s paintings are imagined in the studio surrounded by the temperate rainforest of the west coast of Tasmania, Australia : a wild landscape populated because of it’s mining industry. The dichotomies of the mined landscape adjacent to the pristine rainforest inspire the paintings, an atmosphere of isolation and risk enhances her hyperreal vision of a turbulent physical world which she attempts to control on the canvas with strong, saturated colour and the textural possibilities of oil paint and pigments.
“Using palette knives and my own recipes of solvents and mediums, I push the physical properties of the paint, using it to replicate the organic processes of Nature.”
Born Annette Helen van Betlehem, Hobart Tasmania. Worked as a Window Dresser 1975-82, then Self Employed as Set Designer, both within the Fashion industry and the Theatre; and Visual Merchandising and V M teaching 1982-91 from the Hobart Studio. Awarded a BFA from University of Tasmania 1997. Established Hunter Street Studios in Queenstown Tasmania 1998-2003. Painting with Oils on Canvas since 1994, professionally since August 2007.
Jan / Feb 2010 – residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS
|Nov 2015||COLORI DELL’ ANIMA||Galleria360 Florence Italy|
|July 2015||ELEMENTS||Long Gallery Salamanca Place Hobart|
|March 2015||GLOVER PRIZE EXHIBITION||Evandale Pavilion Tasmania|
|June 2014||WINTER SALON||Collingwood Gallery Melbourne|
|Oct 2011||IN SUSPECT TERRAIN||Burnie Regional Gallery|
|2011||THE FRENCH CONNECTION||Plimsoll Gallery Hobart|
|Sept 2009||CLOSE DISTANCE||Devonport Regional Gallery|
|May 2010||SIX QUEENSTOWN PAINTERS||LARQ & Launceston|
|Lost in the Wilderness||TasWeekend In Focus||Nov 29-30 2014|
|Award open to interpretation||Mercury Magazine||May 19 2012|
|The Road Less Travelled||Mercury Magazine||May 12 2012|
|Hopelessly devoted to you||Mercury Magazine||September 2011|
|Perceptions of Pure Nature||Mercury Magazine||December 12 2009|
|Artist keen to explore brave new frontier||Western Herald||April 2008|
|Clyde Selby …Green exhibition preview||Mercury Newspaper||January 26 2008|