Tri­cia life of the party

Cockburn Gazette - - ART -

EAST Fre­man­tle artist Ken Ras­mussen had fun ‘lis­ten­ing to his paint­ing’ for a modern take on im­pres­sion­ism in his new col­lec­tion of large-scale oil paint­ings based on South Perth.

Ras­mussen said he be­gan prac­tis­ing de­pict­ing ver­ti­cal lines with the city view from North­bridge be­fore fo­cus­ing on the South Perth fore­shore.

“Now that I have learnt the tech­niques and am more adept, I can change my per­spec­tive,” he said.

“You do your draw­ing, put the paint on the top and ac­ci­den­tals hap­pen, stuff that you didn’t plan on, but it’s a very re­ward­ing type of tech­nique.

“You have to con­stantly watch stuff that you didn’t in­tend for ef­fects, so the say­ing is ‘lis­ten to your paint­ing’.”

Ras­mussen said after ex­per­i­ment­ing with new tech­niques on the high rise of South Perth, he wanted to be more mo­bile and find new sub­jects.

“I’ve painted 300 days a year for the past 35 years,” he said.

“It’s lucky I live in WA, to be hon­est, where we al­ways seem to have booms; there’s lots of money and peo­ple buy paint­ings.”

Ras­mussen’s first paint­ing of the South Perth series, Gold City Ris­ing, is 1.5m wide by 1.9m tall and has been pur­chased. MANY peo­ple in Perth have an emo­tional con­nec­tion with Perth Zoo’s Asian ele­phant Tri­cia, which made her the nat­u­ral sub­ject for Wil­lagee self­taught artist Ross Pot­ter when de­cid­ing on an an­i­mal for his life-size art­work.

Tri­cia is a highlight in Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre ex­hi­bi­tion An­i­maze – Amaz­ing An­i­mals for Kids.

Pot­ter, who has worked in graphite and pa­per for seven years, said his first life-size draw­ing was a horse, fol­lowed by a hump­back whale for the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum.

When Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre cu­ra­tor Ric Spencer ap­proached him to con­trib­ute to An­i­maze, a free ex­hi­bi­tion to im­merse five to 12-year-olds in a world of art and an­i­mals, Pot­ter im­me­di­ately thought of Perth pachy­derm favourite Tri­cia.

“It’s a big chil­dren’s ex­hi­bi­tion and kids know who she is,” he said.

“I thought it was nice to stick with an­i­mals around Perth and she stood out.

“I like work­ing with a very large scale and with an­i­mals, I find it’s the one way to re­ally cap­ture them. The sheer size of them makes you have a di­rect re­la­tion­ship to it in the gallery.”

An­i­maze opened on Novem­ber 17 with Pot­ter be­gin­ning the life-size sketch in FAC’s main gallery, which he plans to work on daily and fin­ish by Christ­mas.

How­ever, the fa­ther of one’s prepa­ra­tion be­gan long be­fore then.

“Perth Zoo was re­ally great and on board to let us in to meet Tri­cia and have a photo shoot,” Pot­ter said. “It all starts with pho­tog­ra­phy and a bit of re­search to learn more about the an­i­mal it­self.

“I went to Perth Zoo a cou­ple of times, did some stud­ies and re­ally learnt more about her by talk­ing to the zookeep­ers to find out about her per­son­al­ity.

“It re­ally helps to put more of her char­ac­ter­is­tics in to the sketch. Then it’s a mat­ter of look­ing at the math­e­mat­i­cal side of things and plot­ting it all down with the lo­gis­tics.”

An­i­maze – Amaz­ing An­i­mals for Kids is on un­til Jan­uary 23.­mu­ni­ d488542


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