Martin King Tree of life, unsuccessful species 2021 dry point, chine colle and hand colouring 168 x 165 cm
Congratulations to Angus Fisher and Martin King who have been selected as finalists in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.
Launched in 2002, The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of The South Australian Museum’s first curator Frederick Waterhouse. The prize encourages artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. Entrants respond to scientific issues facing our planet, offering a platform to contribute to the debate.
There are two prize categories, an open prize of $30,000 and an emerging artist prize of $10,000
South Australian Museum
June 3 – August 7
10am – 5pm
Angus Fisher is a Sydney based artist that specialises in printmaking and drawing, working primarily in pen and ink and copper plate etching. Known for his precise and intricate observations of the natural world, Fisher’s practice not only investigates the diversity of ecology through his subjects, but the evolving attitudes, relationships and philosophical interpretations of humankind to the wider natural world. In 2018, Fisher presented a folio consisting of 24 hand-coloured etchings titled ‘Birds of New Holland’ as a contemporary reference and accompaniment to the early encyclopedic natural history illustrations of J.W. Lewin.
Angus Fisher Gunyah Point 2021 charcoal on paper 73 x 100 cm
Martin King’s wide-ranging art practice is underpinned by an abiding interest in the Australian landscape, most visibly by making connections between land, sea and air.
King’s earlier works on paper traced the movement of rain shadows and the effect of weather patterns across undulating terrain and vast tracts of desert. His more recent works express the fragility of our relationship with nature using creatures of the sky as simple motifs that convey a paradoxical vision of the Australian landscape as both tranquil and unsettling.
Martin King Tree of life, unsuccessful species 2022 dry point, chine colle and hand colouring 168 x 165 cm
Martin King Tree of life, unsuccessful species detail 2022 dry point, chine colle and hand colouring 168 x 165 cm