Raymond Arnold Biography

Born in Victoria, Australia, Raymond Arnold developed his career in the island state of Tasmania. Located in the Southern Ocean, its landscape has been tempered and shaped by exposure to a prevailing westerly air-stream. Large tracts of forest in the west of the state give way to more settled pastoral areas in the east. This dynamic natural environment has in turn, shaped Tasmanian identity and culture. Arnold's prints and paintings have reflected this construction of a landscape and the identification with a type of 'ground'.

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As a compliment to this world, Arnold has worked on a regular basis in France and Scotland since 1993. Originally working in the Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut in Paris, his work has referenced the historical traditions of etching, while focusing on fashion and dress, the decorations of medieval armour and historical depictions of landscape. Much of Raymond's work plays with concepts of 'figure and ground' in tandem with his investigations into the medium and culture of printmaking.

Raymond Arnold has held more than 50 solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in Australia, Europe and the USA. He is represented in the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Musee Courbet (France) and the National Gallery, all state galleries and Australian Parliament House (Australia).

Text courtesy Bett Gallery.

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