Nigel Hewitt // Echoes from the Forest
ARTIST INTERVIEW // Saturday 5 November, 2pm
New paintings by Nigel Hewitt are made from ash samples collected from bushfire sites across Tasmania. The tones of the ash vary depending on the vegetation and the differing temperatures of the wild fires. The artist brings these charred organic compounds together to create pictorial, almost photographic, tributes to landscape. They are a plea for action. A call from the forest, awaiting a response.
Originally from Tasmania, Nigel studied at the Claremont School of Art in Perth in the 1970s and continues his practice in both Perth, Western Australia and Hobart, Tasmania.
He has a long track record of exhibiting ambitious works and these can be found in all the major art collections in WA and nationally including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, BHP, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia, Wesfarmers and the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. He is also featured in publications including 'Artists in Residence' by John Stringer with photography by Richard Woldendorp; and is a highly respected teacher of art.
In 2015 Nigel won The Glover Prize which at the time was the country’s richest landscape art award.