Growing up in Northern Tasmania, painter Robert Habel’s family home overlooked the mountains and Tamar Valley. Inspired by his surrounds and the diversity of environments within close proximity, Habel began painting ‘en plein air’ as a student of fine art.
Today he continues to do so, enjoying a direct connection with his subject matter and the urgency of the process that imbues his work with a sense of energy. While some works are further developed in the studio, Habel is careful to preserve his initial response to his subject. With a general interest in human intervention in the landscape, he is attracted to the aesthetic potential of the dynamic, contemporary nature of industrial sites and those often topical and contested environments affected by changes in the climate.
Habel regularly exhibits work around Australia and has undertaken residencies in Singapore, Cairns and Tasmania.
View Robert Habel's CV here.