MARQUETRY PANELS

ROBERT BLACKLOW, SERIES OF FIVE MARQUETRY PANELS, 1999

SNOWBERRY – BLACKWOOD, SASSAFRAS, BANKSIA, DOGWOOD, CHEESEWOOD
EUCALYPT AND SASSAFRAS – BLACKWOOD, SASSAFRAS, CHEESEWOOD, TALLOW WOOD, DOGWOOD
TROUT FISHING – BLACKWOOD, SASSAFRAS, MYRTLE
TASMANIA YELLOW GUM – BLACKWOOD, SASSAFRAS
SASSAFRAS IN FLOWER – BLACKWOOD, SASSAFRAS, MYRTLE, BANKSIA, CHEESEWOOD, TALLOW WOOD
415(H) x 315(W) x 10(D)mm

THE WORK

The series of five marquetry images showcase Robert’s remarkable skills and his love of the Tasmanian landscape, in particular its endemic flora. The sensitive combinations of a range of Tasmanian timber veneers and carefully selected motifs combine to tell a unique story about the native forests and bushland of Tasmania.

THE DESIGNER

Robert is an internationally recognised master craftsman. His marquetry skills and sensitive utilisation of Tasmania’s speciality timbers led to his being commissioned to make the central furniture for the Senate Chamber in Parliament house, Canberra in the late 1980s. His work is represented in private collections throughout the world. In Tasmania, his impact on the younger generation of craftsman has been profound and long lasting. After a long career as a cabinetmaker and teacher, Robert worked as a self employed cabinetmaker, specialising in marquetry. He is now retired.

Born: 1937