An artist’s view of Cairn Curran

For La Trobe University’s Master of Visual Arts by Research candidate Mr Dick Turner, the unique life-forms and archaeologies of the landscape surrounding Cairn Curran join in the creative process of his art  making.

Head of the School of Visual Arts and Design, Dr James McArdle, said that the works are a visual and theoretical investigation of physical and historical layers of Cairn Curran and their expression in an unusual hybrid of printmaking and painting.
‘In these works, Dick resolves the paradox of how a degraded landscape might nourish and develop a creative view of the world. He proposes the merging of painting and printmaking as a desirable way of expressing the Australian landscape; the technique of blurring the graphic printed line and combining softer painting elements, setting up a positive tension in the work of art.’
According to Mr Turner ‘The bright light in our landscape creates a sense of harshness, where detail is pared back to the essential elements of line and colour.’
‘My approach sets in parallel the creative process and the actual physical nature of the land.’
The exhibition entitled ‘The Littoral: Cairn Curran, a Landscape of Dissonance or Consonance?’ runs at the Phyllis Palmer until Thursday 26 March. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.
For more information on the exhibition contact gallery administrator, Ms Chris Wood, on 5444 7917, email or visit

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161