ARTISTS GO BEYOND SKIN DEEP

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

THE WA Por­trait Artists will be delv­ing into the beauty of the hu­man form dur­ing their an­nual Skin Deep ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ki­dogo Art­house.

The work of a dozen artists from around the state will be on dis­play, work that group spokesman Brad Dur­rant said came to­gether over the past 12 months.

“As we have a va­ri­ety of full­time, part-time and ca­sual artists, they all ap­proach it dif­fer­ently, but the ma­jor­ity of the artists would use pieces they have pro­duced dur­ing the year for other ex­hi­bi­tions, com­mis­sions or art awards,” he said.

“Some of the artists will also in­clude older pieces, or ex­per­i­men­tal works, de­pend­ing on how busy they have been with other com­mit­ments.

“It is al­ways ex­cit­ing and rare to see such a wide va­ri­ety of high qual­ity art­works in the one ex­hi­bi­tion, but also chal­leng­ing to pull it all to­gether.”

Us­ing a range of medi­ums to cap­ture the sub­tle emo­tions of the sub­ject, the group of artists – which in­clude Archibald, Black Swan and Doug Mo­ran Por­trait Prize fi­nal­ists – takes the third in­stal­la­tion of the Skin Deep ex­hi­bi­tion to the next level.

Dur­rant said the work ranged from re­al­ism to looser, ab­stract styles and from graphite and wa­ter­colour to acrylic and oil paints.

“Each of the artists would be get­ting some­thing dif­fer­ent out of it, in par­tic­u­lar the part-time and ca­sual artists who don’t ex­hibit of­ten, if at all, so this is an op­por­tu­nity for them to have their work on dis­play,” he said.

“As a group though, one of our aims is to en­hance the WA pub­lic’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of por­trai­ture and our ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides us with not only the op­por­tu­nity to show our work but also the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage di­rectly with the pub­lic through work­shops, demon­stra­tions and artist talks.

“There will also be one of the artists at the ex­hi­bi­tion on each day and they are al­ways happy to chat about their work and por­trai­ture.”

The WA Por­trait Artists’ Skin Deep ex­hi­bi­tion will be at the Ki­dogo Art­house from Jan­uary 26 to 31.

Visit www.face­book.com/wa­por­traitartists for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d463928

Judy Rogers (cen­tre) with, from left, Myr­iam Quinn, WA Por­trait Artists Co-or­di­na­tor Brad Dur­rant, Jill Ansell, Peter Ciemi­tis and a piece by Jana Vode­sil-Baruffi with Caro­line Mari­novich.

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