Town life is re­flected in a See of colour

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Perth artist Bren­ton See has added more colour to Dampier af­ter cre­at­ing three mu­rals in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the town.

The Dampier Mu­ral Project was started and man­aged by lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­ber Fleur Di­a­mond.

See has painted mu­rals at the Dampier Pri­mary School assem­bly area, on the ex­ter­nal wall of the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hall and on the west-fac­ing ex­ter­nal wall of the new Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub.

The mu­rals are de­signed to re­flect the Dampier land­scape and way of life.

Ms Di­a­mond worked with the Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and gained fund­ing from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions to make the project a re­al­ity.

“The ma­jor fund­ing spon­sors are Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity, Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Chevron and the City of Kar­ratha through the quar­terly grant scheme,” she said.

“I found Bren­ton on In­sta­gram and thought that it would be a great ad­di­tion to our town and some­thing I could do in a vol­un­tary ca­pac­ity.”

See is a cel­e­brated Perth artist who has painted nu­mer­ous mu­rals around the State cap­i­tal.

He started as a graphic de­signer, went on to be­come a tat­too artist and set­tled on paint­ing af­ter dis­cov­er­ing it best ac­com­mo­dated his artis­tic tal­ents.

He said he com­monly used an­i­mals and shapes in his work, in­clud­ing the one he com­pleted at the Dampier Com­mu­nity hub.

The im­age is of a child, Dampier icon Red Dog and a humpback whale.

“The child is us­ing his imag­i­na­tion to pic­ture this whale ba­si­cally us­ing the colours in his mind then it’s be­com­ing a real whale,” she said. “It’s go­ing from some­thing he’s imag­ined into a real form.”

The Dampier Pri­mary School mu­ral in­volves im­ages of an­i­mals, chil­dren and land­scapes.

“Kids can look at it and see them­selves in the wall be­cause there’s kids run­ning and kids do­ing hand­stands and things, which is pos­i­tive,” See said.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Artist Bren­ton See and vol­un­teer project man­ager Fleur Di­a­mond at the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub mu­ral.

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