Mile­stones of life cap­tured in art

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith

ONE of WA’s most unique art ex­hi­bi­tions is set to open to the pub­lic for the first time.

The John Curtin Gallery will host the John Stringer Prize col­lec­tion un­til Oc­to­ber 7, with this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing the first time the pub­lic will get to see the en­tries.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures work solely from six WA con­tem­po­rary artists who are fi­nal­ists for this year’s prize in­clud­ing win­ner Jar­rad Mar­tyn and his oil paint­ing Range.

One such artist is Tom Free­man, who is dis­play­ing a se­ries of sculp­tures he cre­ated over the last five years.

He said the sculp­tures were de­signed to cap­ture mo­ments of his life.

“A big part of my art prac­tice is around the time I’ve got to do it, fit­ting that in around work and life; the work which comes out of it is a bit re­flec­tive of that,” Free­man said.

“Some­times I’ll have more time up my sleeve and I’ll be a lot more con­sid­ered and thought­ful with the work I’m mak­ing. Other times I’ve got mo­ments I want to do some creative thing re­ally fast and slap it all to­gether, so it’s re­flec­tive of my life and what’s go­ing on at the time.”

Free­man said he was drawn to the play­ful­ness and cre­ativ­ity of sculpt­ing.

“I al­ways liked play­ing around with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als as a kid and grow­ing up; it’s al­ways some­thing I’ve done as an artist as well,” he said.

“It’s re­ally just a sense of play and a sense of ex­plo­ration through all dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als.

“The sculp­ture feels like a re­ally good, fun, creative ex­pres­sion where you get to muck around and dive in and see what comes out.”­mu­ni­ 487074 Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Fre­man­tle artist Tom Free­man with a se­lec­tion of his sculp­tures.

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