A Bore on the Hooghli by Johan Bennetter, 1886. Photo: Johan Bennetter/Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Steph Harmon, Stormy seas and raging tempests captured on canvas – in pictures, The Guardian, 8 June 2016
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, sorcerer Prospero conjures up a violent, brutal storm that hurls its protagonists towards their destiny in a ship ‘no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an unstanched wench’. This play was the inspiration for curator Juliana Engberg’s new exhibition, Tempest, which opens at Dark Mofo this week, comprising work from contemporary Australian and international artists along with historic works from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart.
Stormy seas, vicious skylines and battered coastlines are familiar images for Australia this week but, when captured on a canvas, the force of nature takes on a whole new effect.