ARTISTS GO BEYOND SKIN DEEP
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.
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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.