Tricia life of the party
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.