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ART IT is intricate work, making sure the right colour and the right dab go in the right place on the artwork he is working on, but it’s a style Belmont artist Garry Boase loves.
Applying the painted dabs carefully, Boase looks to build up layers and juxtapose colours to be able to show those looking at his work exactly what he saw when he was creating them.
His new exhibition Perth Places People at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is a collection of these works, a series of paintings about Perth aiming to make locals proud of their city.
“I think there is something magical about familiar things being made into artworks,” he said.
“I thought about Monet or Turner painting the houses of parliament in London for example and wanted to do the same thing in Perth.
“I have chosen locations or situations that we can all relate to such as London Court, a beach scene, netball, a street parade, sunset coloured clouds of Guildford Grammar, the dog and his owner watching people stroll by at the beach and musicians playing in a cafe.”
The exhibition will include 28 paintings under the Perth Places People theme, with other Boase prints and work coming out of the stockroom to join them.
He said he had to dare himself to create the exhibition, but was happy with the result.
“For a long time I liked the idea of turning familiar things and places into art, but this idea was hard to put into practice because like many other people I find painting something very familiar boring,” he said.
“People should go to the exhibition to be excited about their city and be excited by iconic paintings about their city. I want this family of paintings to cause people to look again.”