Port Lincoln artist to launch first solo exhibition

ARTIST: Beth Hammond, pictured with her 2018 Port Lincoln Art Prize winning entry 'This Continuous Life' will launch her first solo exhibition at the Nautilus Arts Centre on December 8.
ARTIST: Beth Hammond, pictured with her 2018 Port Lincoln Art Prize winning entry 'This Continuous Life' will launch her first solo exhibition at the Nautilus Arts Centre on December 8.

Previous Port Lincoln Art Prize winner Beth Hammond will hold her first solo exhibition at the Nautilus Arts Centre next month which will showcase the beauty of Australia's landscapes.

The exhibition 'Landscapes of the Heart' will feature a series of landscape works painted by Ms Hammond, inspired by Australia's beautiful and ever-changing landscape.

Ms Hammond said the idea for the exhibition came after a camping trip in winter 2019 to parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales and drew upon the outdoor painting (Plein air) and sketching she did during her travels.

"I wanted to create a series of Australian Landscapes. Landscapes that are loved, messy, ghostly, lost, re-imagined, reshaped, reduced, removed or rearranged," she said.

"I wanted some of them to reflect the emotions that landscapes can evoke in people.

"This can be love and awe in their complexity and beauty or it can be sadness and grief when landscapes are lost, damaged or altered."

Ms Hammond won the 2018 Port Lincoln Art Prize with her acrylic and oil pastel self-portrait 'This Continuous Life'.

As well as an artist Ms Hammond is also known for her art mentoring and long term involvement with the Port Lincoln Art Group.

The exhibition will be on display in the Walter Nicholls Gallery from December 8 until January 8 and all works will be on sale from the opening day.