April 09

GHOST FORESTS

Jonathan Webster and Tif

Jonathan Webster and Tif

One could be forgiven for wondering if Jonathan Webster is a bit of a new romantic (as opposed to a neo-romantic). If you are trying to get your head around that I mean completely new rather than a revival. The apprehension, awe and heroic common in romantic painting are not evident in his new works but they sure are sublime. Jon gives us a powerful sense of the curious ambience of the introduced forests around Canberra – they don’t really belong, and yet they have claimed a stake in the land. They are very familiar. He has never been shy of taking a paint brush to a tree and in Ghost Forests he works on cups, plates and paper as well as directly onto wood sliced from the trees that inhabit the ghost forests. A haunting exhibition at Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) until 27 april 2014.
Katie and Jon

Katie and Jon

Pamela, Karis and Eugenie

Pamela, Karis and Eugenie

Brendan and Nicola

Brendan and Nicola

Claire and Rob

Claire and Rob

Cat and Jemima

Cat and Jemima

Djer

Djer

Joshua and Zetta

Joshua and Zetta