FOL­LOW­ING A FA­MOUS JU­NIPER

The Advocate (Perth) - - LOOK LOCAL - Tanya MacNaughton

BENE­DICT Ju­niper be­lieves it would have been nearly im­pos­si­ble to not strive to em­u­late his fa­mous fa­ther, artist Robert Ju­niper.

De­spite early train­ing as a cel­list and jew­eller be­fore tour­ing with Perth punk band The Sci­en­tists in the 1970s, the younger Ju­niper was des­tined to re­turn to his roots, where he taught him­self the art of black­smithing, which led to sculpt­ing and fine art paint­ing.

“Be­ing largely self-taught was af­forded by the huge ad­van­tage if you will of lit­er­ally grow­ing up im­mersed in art and sur­rounded by artists and in­tel­lec­tu­als,” 57-yearold Ju­niper said.

“It is all we (his sis­ter Bec is also an artist) have ever known and we were very lucky to have such an out­stand­ing role model. We learnt tech­niques as if by os­mo­sis, as well as hu­mil­ity, can­dour, hu­mour, love, and most im­por­tantly re­spect.

“Art as a ca­reer is pure folly. One would not sen­si­bly choose it, it more ac­cu­rately chooses you.”

Ju­niper’s sculp­tures use met­als, clay and glass, while his paint­ing tech­nique is “un­sur­pris­ingly sim­i­lar to that of my late fa­ther” and in­volves the use of im­pasto me­dia with oils, acrylics and met­als in the form of gold, sil­ver and cop­per leaf.

The artist en­tered the 2018 Man­dorla Art Award and is one of 40 fi­nal­ists whose work is be­ing ex­hib­ited at Turner Gal­leries in North­bridge un­til June 30.

The ex­hi­bi­tion em­ploys a the­matic Chris­tian in­spi­ra­tion that changes with each show.

Ju­niper said he would also be ex­hibit­ing works this year at his wife’s alma mater, Pres­by­te­rian Ladies' Col­lege, and Hale School, where his fa­ther once taught.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482776

Artist Bene­dict Ju­niper uses clay, glass and cop­per leaf in his works.

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