Lawson Trig view, October 2022
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm x4cm
Like its sibling, Lawson Trig Point, in this painting I was playing with a strongly contrasting ground as a counterpoint to the simplicity of the mostly green foreground.
I liked the way that I could see Black Mountain from this viewpoint as I am often putting views of Black Mountain in my paintings as a signifier of place and location.
There is a long history of this in art dating back to Japanese artist Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt Fuji, where Mt Fuji is depicted from different locations and in different seasons. Hokusai also inspired the French Impressionists. Riverie’s 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower.
Therefore it seems both fitting and comfortingly silly that Tower and Mountain are combined in the context of Canberra and in many of my paintings. Black Mountain Tower is now an endearing icon from an era where we thought putting a lump of concrete on a hill would make us at least feel superior to the world around.