Movement for Responsible Coastal Development archive
Ben Trupperbaumer (b.1948)
Folio of woodcut prints on fine Chinese Xuan paper enclosed in a card casing
9.8 x 8.5 cm (images); 29.5 x 32 cm (sheets)
Ben Trupperbaumer is a German-born artist residing on the Atherton Tableland near Cairns. The proposed acquisition intersects with the artist’s environmental activism while residing at Mission Beach in the early 1990s. The series of eight prints were originally created for use as front covers of the Movement for Responsible Coastal Development (MRCD) newsletters between 1991-92. The series of 9 prints have simplified, semi-abstract designs inspired by coastal life. While the artist has since relocated to the Atherton Tablelands, the MRCD have evolved into the Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4) and are still active in Mission Beach. It wasn’t until 2016 that Trupperbaumer revisited the woodcuts he created in 1991-92, with the intention of donating the woodcut plates to a northern Queensland institution. In collaboration with Ron McBurnie’s Monsoon Publishing, the artist produced a small edition of 15 before donating the plates to the Mabo Library at James Cook University.
Artspace Mackay 2019
Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, gift of Ron McBurnie 2019.