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Monday, March 27, 2006

Danes to get huge hit of princess's home turf [25mar06]

The Mercury: Danes to get huge hit of princess's home turf [25mar06]

A PANORAMIC oil painting of the view from northern Bruny Island will wrap around an entire room of Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark next month.

The 30m oil painting by Monash University fine arts lecturer Ann Holt will be part of the Australian Visit exhibition in Copenhagen, to be opened by Princess Mary and featuring a portrait of her.

Ms Holt's impressive artwork is expected to be of great interest to Danes, as it includes the D'Entrecasteaux Channel area where Mary grew up.

"I now get to share these heart-felt paintings - of a very beautiful, special, quiet place - in a castle on the other side of the world," Ms Holt said.

"For me the really exciting thing is that I get to show my interpretation of the Tasmanian landscape to an international audience."

Ms Holt, of Melbourne, completed Circumnavigating the Island as part of her Master of Fine Arts at Monash. She spends a great deal of time living and painting on Bruny Island.

Circumnavigating the Island, comprising 30 seperate panels, has previously been featured in the 10 Days on the Island festival and on ABC's Arts Show.

It shows the mouth of the River Derwent, Storm Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Ms Holt said she tried to capture Tasmania's multi-layered landscape.

"I've been going there for 10 years; I've done a lot of plain air painting of all the different views and I've got a very intimate engagement with that landscape," she said.

"Tasmania is incredibly beautiful but very dangerous and dark at times. It has all these incredible moods and it has this sense of power that a lot of landscapes have lost through over-urbanisation."

She will be in Copenhagen for the exhibition opening in the Danish Museum of National History in Frederiksborg Castle on April 7.

The exhibition runs until July 31.


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