ARTIST MOVE TO WA A COUP

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS -

ART in West­ern Aus­tralia is set for a ma­jor boost with renowned Ital­ian ab­stract painter Vin­cenzo Bal­samo set to re­lo­cate to Perth.

Bal­samo (81), cre­ator of pieces in­clud­ing The Shadow of Klimt and In the Gar­den of the King, is cur­rently stay­ing with family in Hamil­ton Hill.

Son Roberto, di­rec­tor of Gal­le­ria d’Arte West End in Fre­man­tle, said his fa­ther will re­turn to Italy to tie up loose ends be­fore mak­ing the move back to Perth in March.

“He’d like to re­tire here,” Roberto said. “He likes the wide open spa­ces, the light, and is im­pressed by the nat­u­ral fea­tures. “He’s happy to stay here.” Art Gallery of WA di­rec­tor Ste­fano Car­boni said the move would be great for the State.

“Vin­cenzo Bal­samo is one of the last rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a gen­er­a­tion of Ital­ian artists that be­came very in­flu­en­tial on the Ital­ian and Euro­pean artis­tic scene start­ing from the 1960s,” he said.

Dr Car­boni met Vin­cenzo, Roberto, art dealer Arthur Spar­talis and Cock­burn coun­cil­lor Bart Houwen last d462946 week, with the con­ver­sa­tion hinged on the artist’s move to Aus­tralia and the pos­si­bil­ity of a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion be­ing set up by the Ital­ian.

“His name is recog­nised widely in Europe but not so much in Aus­tralia, hence Roberto and Arthur’s ef­forts to cre­ate a strat­egy to make his work known around the time of his move to West­ern Aus­tralia,” he said.

“The ideas be­hind the pos­si­ble foun­da­tion are not only to pro­mote Vin­cenzo’s work lo­cally but to cre­ate an ed­u­ca­tional net­work with the artist at its core teach­ing, dis­cussing and men­tor­ing young cre­ative stu­dents and artists.

“This could have a very pos­i­tive im­pact for the in­dus­try.”

Mr Spar­talis said the whole in­dus­try in WA – in­clud­ing artists, cu­ra­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tors and deal­ers – would ben­e­fit from the ar­rival.

“What we have to do is make sure his artis­tic and hu­man re­sources are made avail­able to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net

Cel­e­brated Ital­ian artist Vin­cenzo Bal­samo.

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