LOOK AT THE FAMILIAR, SEE ANEW

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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.”

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