Elizabeth Barnett | Portraits of Early Summer
“The ranges are quiet in the summer time when residents escape to coastal climes. Through the open window you look out into the early summer garden to the trees that line its edge, haloed by pink hued afternoon light. Heat is all around and once lush grass dries to a crispy straw underfoot. Ghostly gums illicit the strong scent of eucalyptus. The abundance of the summer veggie patch and fluorescent colours radiating off surfaces. Summer interiors are more muted, pale in tone and gentle. A place to rest eyes and sun-stroked bodies.
The canvas is turned on its head from landscape to portrait as if looking through a long window. They capture moments, a breath in time, those ephemeral minutes before the sun dips behind the opposing line of trees, when the cooler air slips down from the mount and cools us all in the foot hills, bringing respite from the heat for another evening.”
Elizabeth Barnett is a visual artist whose practice encompasses printmaking, painting, and illustration. Elizabeth’s work depicts spaces filled with exotic and interesting plants, colour, treasured objects and furniture.
Elizabeth studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts Printmaking at The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 2002-2004, Bachelor Fine Arts Honours - Printmaking, RMIT, Melbourne, 2006 and Masters of Arts- Illustration, Camberwell College of Art, London, 2008-2009. In 2006 Elizabeth was awarded the Collie Print Trust scholarship at the Australian Print Workshop and has continued to work at the APW creating etching plates that she prints in her studio in Richmond. Elizabeth founded Schoolhouse Studios with Alice Glenn in 2010 a not-for-profit artist studios complex in the former St. Joseph’s Technical College in Abbotsford. Alice and Elizabeth ran the studios until 2012 until the buildings were demolished to make way for apartments. Schoolhouse Studios has just reopened this year in their new location in Rupert Street, Collingwood.
Elizabeth lives in the Macedon Ranges where she works from her home studio.
"Longing" | Original artwork
Dimensions | 51.5cm x 67cm framed
Medium | Acrylic on linen
Framed | Framed in Tasmanian Oak
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