Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

EURO­PEAN ro­man­ti­cism and re­nais­sance art is not some­thing one lo­cal artist wants kept in the past.

Heav­ily in­flu­enced by his­tor­i­cal art, Chris McClel­land has in­ter­wo­ven the tra­di­tional style with more con­tem­po­rary themes in his Bathers Beach Art Precinct Stu­dio for the past 18 months as he pre­pares for his 11th solo ex­hi­bi­tion.

Perug­ino and the Great East­ern High­way is a col­lec­tion of 20 pieces, which McClel­land said were open-ended and could be read on a num­ber of lev­els.

“On one level, they are sim­ply an in­tu­itive ex­plo­ration of beauty and aes­thet­ics, but on a more con­scious level the works ex­plore cul­tural iden­tity (and) blend­ing the whim­si­cal with the at­mo­spheric,” he said.

The Perug­ino and the Great East­ern High­way ex­hi­bi­tion is on at the Harvi­son Gallery from Novem­ber 13.

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