Far West lures artist

Monday, 3rd July, 2017

Judy Antill, who hopes to set up in Broken Hill, is currently displaying her art at the Westside Plaza Judy Antill, who hopes to set up in Broken Hill, is currently displaying her art at the Westside Plaza

By Michael Murphy

An interstate artist who admits to having a 35-year love affair with the Silver City is ready to go steady.

Judy Antill rolled into Broken Hill in the early 1980s towing the “tiniest caravan in the universe” behind a battered old EH Holden called Charlie, and she has kept the Far West close to her heart ever since.

Charlie the EH actually played an important role in Judy’s development as an outback artist.

“The desert winds made it impossible to hold down a palette when painting on location so I resorted to mixing oil paint on the bonnet, which incidentally was admirably suitable for the job as it was perfectly flat.”

Judy came back to the region - particularly Broken Hill, Mootwingee and Tibooburra - whenever she could, but when she married a Port Fairy vet, and her home base became the Victorian south-west coastline, her sojourns to this part of the world became fewer and wider apart.

She became known as a seascape painter with human right’s conceptual leanings.

“The sea has been brilliant for me but I feel it’s time to move into a new connection and unfinished business with the land,” said Judy, who is currently exhibiting her work in Broken Hill.

“I have always held a flame for outback New South Wales and the unique quality the landscape holds for me.”

Judy’s work has been included in many private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas, and has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria.

For the past three years, Judy and her partner have been living in Tasmania, and they are keen to escape to Broken Hill during the winter.

They are currently exploring local real estate with a view to spending six months of the year here, and Judy is also currently exhibiting her work to gauge local reception to it.

The collection features local location works on paper and major works along with seascape painting from diverse locations such as Tasmania, Victoria, Cornwall and Crete.

The exhibition is open daily at the Westside Plaza, opposite the main carpark, from 11am to 5pm daily, until July 11.