A Painter in The Woods
In the midst of a vast Eucalyptus forest that lies deep in the heart of the great southern region of Western Australia, sits a cottage filled with test tubes, material samples, drafts, notes, indexed color samples and canvasses reflecting their surroundings: the trees.
Simply calling Tony Windberg a Landscape Artist falls short of the true essence of his work. Charcoals of burnt trees, the bark and resin of various Eucalyptus trees and the soil in which they grow and die are all transformed into materials for his works of art in long, well documented procesess of experimentation.
In addition to natural materials, Windberg utilises vinyl flooring, its varnish mimicking wood, onto which he applies a unique method of engraving complex patterns of lines to represent the impact of the timber industry on old growth forrests and the trail left behind by logging.
Windberg‘s artwork, just as the materials that his art is made of and with, swings between untouched nature and human altered landscapes. At the center of his work is the tree, which is depicted in a way that represents the unease of the altered Australian landscape yet is delivered in a highly aesthetic manner that seduces the beholder at first glance with all of nature’s beauty.
Windberg’s vast application of styles and multi-award winning artwork is displayed widely across numerous corporate, public and private collections within Australia. He lives and works in Northcliffe, Western Australia.
Germany/Australia 2014, 22 Min., English with German, Spanish & English subtitles
Music: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Script, shot, edited: Thomas Schumacher