Wa­tered down works of art

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You - Tanya MacNaughton

A DE­SIRE to paint land­scapes un­der a sun­shower in Perth’s cli­mate led artist Bren­don Darby to think out­side the square.

“Try­ing to get rain and sun per­form­ing in the right time and place is al­most im­pos­si­ble,” he said. “So I de­cided to work a way around this and build a rain ma­chine.

“I take with me a sheet of glass in a frame to a par­tic­u­lar land­scape I want to paint, and set it up on easels and spray it, cre­at­ing a wet win­dow wher­ever I need it to be. I can vary the strength or weight of the rain to what­ever is ap­pro­pri­ate; some may think that it’s cheating but I can see very lit­tle al­ter­na­tive to find­ing sun­show­ers wher­ever you want.”

The rain ma­chine is a sim­pli­fied version of one the artist pre­vi­ously made on his van that in­volved pumps and retic­u­la­tion pipes to view ur­ban cityscapes.

Darby has taken his stream­lined rain ma­chine to Hyde Park, Kings Park and South-West lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Black­wood River and Fer­gu­son Val­ley, to cre­ate 10 large-scale oils on can­vas works for his ex­hi­bi­tion Sun­shower at Lin­ton and Kay Gal­leries Perth un­til De­cem­ber 18.

“I hap­pened to be driv­ing by Hyde Park one day and thought it was a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion with the lakes, va­ri­ety of trees and flow­ers and with the light on those mag­nif­i­cent More­ton Bay figs,” he said. “And I thought wild­flow­ers through a sun­shower at Kings Park would be nice.”

Once at a suit­able lo­ca­tion, he takes a photo through the glass and works from it in his stu­dio.

“I do get some very strange looks when I have my gear set up in parks,” Darby said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446957

Artist Bren­don Darby paired a self-made rain ma­chine with a glass win­dow to cre­ate the sun­shower ef­fect for his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion.

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