THE COAST IS CLEAR
LIFE BY THE OCEAN INSPIRES ARTIST’S WORK
COASTAL suburban living is depicted in Heathridge artist Alan Muller’s retrospective exhibition.
Perth 360 is a collection of Muller’s art from the past 20 year, which range from stunning ocean views to urban issues including rubbish collections and graffiti.
Muller said he was inspired by Perth’s city space, brilliant light and the Indian Ocean when he returned to WA in 1997, but in 2010 began to recognise the indigenous history of the land.
“The national perspective of forgetfulness about our history is shifting and it is increasingly clear we are not a young country of new www.communitypix.com.au d473754 people, but an ancient land of ancient, cultured people,” he said.
“Colonial artist Frederick Garling’s 1827 paintings were originally used to promote the Swan River to potential settlers, today they inform my work to acknowledge what has been taken, destroyed and lost since colonisation.
“As an artist, my work challenges the community to remember the ancient history of this land and the central place it holds in the contemporary life of all Australians.”
The exhibition comprises 55 works, including a 5.4m-wide Swan River panoramic.
It shows at Wanneroo Gallery until October 18.
Alan Muller with some of the pieces that feature in his exhibition.