Tom Carment is one of Australia’s most accomplished plein air artists. Born in Sydney in 1954, he has been painting landscapes, still lifes and portraits since the early 1970s. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, and selected eleven times for the Archibald Prize. His paintings are held in public and private art collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, State Library of New South Wales, and City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection. He is the author of Days and Nights in Africa (1985), Seven Walks: Cape Leeuwin to Bundeena (2014) and Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes (2019). His work can be found at tomcarment.com.
272 pages Paperback with flaps, 23.5 x 17 cm Published November 2019
Thirty years in the making, Womerah Lane is a collection of stories, paintings and drawings that cover the period Tom Carment has lived in the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst while travelling the country as a plein air artist. Carment writes as he paints – from life – capturing the likeness of a particular place in time, or the moment when he sees something striking or strange. His paintings and drawings are small, limited by what he can carry with him on his travels. In his writing too he is a miniaturist working on a large scale. Free-flowing yet nuanced, his work evokes the places he visits – farms, beaches, cottages, building sites – and the people and objects he encounters, friends and strangers, the homeless and the famous, fish, typewriters and eggs. Each has its own story. It is Carment’s quiet determination to capture life as it passes, across all corners of the country, that makes this collection unique.