FOLLOWING A FAMOUS JUNIPER
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.
Artist Benedict Juniper uses clay, glass and copper leaf in his works.