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Ben Clif­ford Rosny School­house Gallery Weds — Sun­day 11am — 5pm Un­til to­mor­row

This one does ex­actly what it says: Ben Clif­ford gets right up close to some na­tive an­i­mals and ex­plores the feel and look of them. It’s re­mark­ably skilled paint­ing work that em­pha­sises pho­to­re­al­is­tic style de­tails, with ev­ery hair and whisker of a liv­ing crea­ture ren­dered in pre­cise and ac­cu­rate de­tail. Clif­ford is clearly fas­ci­nated with Tas­ma­nian wildlife, and his de­ci­sion here to make some larger-than-life por­traits of an­i­mals re­ally brings his sub­jects to rich life. The wet­ness of a Tas­ma­nian devil’s muz­zle and the hun­gry ur­gency of a pos­sum clasp­ing a bit of food are re­mark­ably cap­tured. The sheer size of the works makes them easy to get lost in, ex­plor­ing ev­ery de­tail Clif­ford cap­tures.

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