Elizabeth Barsham is an award-winning artist working in Tasmania, Australia's island state.

Have you seen Elizabeth Barsham's new book?

Book cover - The Caravan Moves On; © Elizabeth Barsham

Thirty years ago Tasmania's mistress of the strange held her first solo exhibition. To celebrate, she has produced a book of paintings spanning her entire career.

This brand new hard-cover book, The Caravan Moves On contains a selection of one hundred photographs of Elizabeth Barsham's stunningly beautiful paintings, with descriptive comments by the artist.


Mail order: Price $54.95 plus $15.00 postage and handling to anywhere within Australia.


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Interviews with the Artist

"Elizabeth Barsham paints incredible scenes combining familiar Tasmanian landscapes with parades of fantastical creatures. ABC Producer Joel Rheinberger asked her when she first put brush to paper"

ABC on Soundcloud


Hannah Herrmann-Payn's short documentary

Tasmanian Gothic on ABC Open


with Greg Nolan

youtube video


with Chris Wisbey

Hobart Weekends - ABC Radio


with The Green Widow

Necromancy Gothic Radio

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These are my paintings. Drawing on a deep emotional sense of ancestral connection to the Tasmanian landscape and its people, they are full of mysterious figures wandering through rugged mountains and impenetrable forest, crumbling buildings and rusting machinery, an unsettling but hauntingly beautiful mixture of nostalgia, gothic romanticism and humour.

I am passionate about exploring our past and protecting both the natural and built environment. My collection of old family photographs provides glimpses into the last hundred and fifty years, and I was the first Tasmanian to publish a book about a convict ancestor (Thomas Burbury, Pioneer of Tasmania by E.M. Christensen and W. Sinclair, Victoria, 1979).

Descendants of Tasmania's first European colonists have much to admire and much to regret in their family history. There is the determination and fortitude shown by pioneering men and women enduring unimaginable hardships as they established townships, farms and industries, but there is also the cruel annihilation of an ancient civilisation and the wholesale destruction of wildlife and habitat. To this you can add lurid details of the colonial penal system as related to curious tourists.

My paintings are an attempt to reconcile these stories with contemporary sensibilities and commercial exploitation of our history and landscape.

acrlic painting - surreal organist

Song of the Mill, 58 cm x 41 cm acrylic on paper, was my contribution to Metamorphosis, an international exhibition at the annual Ripattoni Art Festival in Italy.

More information: Gotico Visonaria blog

After the Mine - oil painting by Elizabeth Barsham

After the Mine, oil on canvas, 91 cm x 91 cm, was a finalist in the 2015 Glover Prize, Australia's richest prize for landscape painting.

more pictures

Bushwalking for Beginners 2017
Excursions and Adventures 2017
King Island Gothic - 2012
2010 Solo Exhibition
Environment - Weld Echo exhibitions
People and Places
Landscape with Attitude
seriously weird paintings
Tasmanian Ironbark
The Berlin Collection
Here be Dragons
The Caravan Moves On - Paintings by Elizabeth Barsham
Miss Barsham's Painting Book for Bewildered Beginners
Before They Built The Bridge

Tasmanian Gothic on Facebook


Digging around in History
The Travel Diaries of Edward Wallace
Weird Wild Art

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