EXHIBIT – Jon Kudelka

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Jon was the first artist to be part of the WildAir (Wilderness Artist in Resident) program and spent two weeks working in timber.

Cradle mountain is a very special place so I was pleased to be offered an artist’s residency here. I’m best known as a political cartoonist for the Australian and the Hobart Mercury, so this is a bit of a departure for me.

Jon continued his exploration of pyrography on wood (or “poker work” as its also known) setting himself up in his gallery to draw some of the wildlife around this area.

It’s a very organic way of working and I like the way the grain of the wood becomes part of the picture. It feels a bit like the way the plants and animals here are party of the landscape.

A majority of the specialty timbers I used are from Hydrowood, a company that retrieved timber from trees submerged in hydroelectric dams.

Jon also exhibited recent works in the gallery with canvases of the bees a reflection of the flowering of the leatherwood. ‘I tried to get the feeling of busyness and joy of this time of year into the paintings.

The painting of Cradle Mountain under stars was from a time I managed to get to Dove Lake on a clear still night. The number of stars is not an exaggeration!

Part of Jon’s residency was to work on a book of sketches about cradle mountain which will be published in 2018.