Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -


www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d437106 FROM his gar­den stu­dio in South Perth, two-time Archibald prize fi­nal­ist Peter Ken­dall aims to cre­ate art that goes di­rectly to the heart.

And it is ev­i­dent in his new ex­hi­bi­tion, Went to Sea, which breaks new ground by ex­plor­ing the stunning beauty of the owl through ex­quis­ite sculp­tures and by ex­am­in­ing re­la­tion­ships through his drawing and paint­ing.

It is his sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion in a se­ries of works and is in­spired by Ed­ward Lear’s poem The Owl and the Pussy­cat poem.

“The first line of the poem, the owl and the pussy­cat went to sea, is re­ally just a metaphor that I use to ex­am­ine the deeper is­sues of love, re­la­tion­ships, com­mit­ment, and trust,” he said.

“The poem has given me a won­der­ful plat­form to ex­plore ideas. Just as im­por­tantly, it has opened up a whole new world for me with my art.”

Went to Sea will open at Bu­ratti Fine Art and Robert Bu­ratti said Ken­dall had cre­ated a body of work un­like any­thing else in the con­tem­po­rary art scene in Australia.

“Peter is al­ready well­known as one of West­ern Australia’s pre­mier artists and his pro­file as a two-time Archibald fi­nal­ist has given him a na­tional au­di­ence. The re­sponse to this work from col­lec­tors has al­ready been phe­nom­e­nal and I am ex­pect­ing it will ex­tend around the coun­try and be­yond,” he said.

“Au­di­ences will see that this sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion in Peter’s se­ries has been worth wait­ing for.”

No sooner has this work gone up than Ken­dall has im­mersed him­self in an­other se­ries, one which he de­scribes as his life’s work.

“I’m en­deav­our­ing to make art that goes di­rectly to the heart,” he said.

“To do that I am elim­i­nat­ing all the un­nec­es­sary tech­niques and thoughts that im­pede the mes­sage.

“This work is like an on­go­ing adventure for me and I hope peo­ple are go­ing to en­joy it by let­ting go and step­ping back to sim­pler times. I want them to come on a jour­ney with me.”

To at­tend the open­ing night on May 1, con­tact Robert Bu­ratti on 0408 489 570 or email gallery@bu­ratti.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

What a hoot: Two-time Archibald Prize fi­nal­ist Peter Ken­dall with his art, which is based on the poem The Owl and the Pussy­cat.

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