Ravensworth (Swamp Lantern III), painting by Peter Gardiner
Ravensworth (Swamp Lantern III), painting by Peter Gardiner.
2012, oil on canvas, 150 x 130cm. Gippsland Art Gallery Collection. Purchased in memory of Tim Wright with donations from the Wright Family, 2012.
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Reproduced courtesy the artist.
The elemental power of fire and its capacity to elicit deeply rooted emotions is at the forefront of Peter Gardiner’s art. Fire, and other themes of environmental destruction, have long inhabited his work. Ravensworth (Swamp Lantern III) is part of Gardiner’s second series of Ravensworth landscapes. The intense heat and glowing red act like a beacon that illuminates the dead earth surrounding it. Based on studies made from nature, the work also draws on dreams and the unconscious.