Trop­i­cal fruits of labour

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

ROBBIE Por­ritt is tak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in trop­i­cal Queens­land lo­ca­tions as the in­spi­ra­tion for his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Fre­man­tle artist lived on the east coast for eight years be­fore mov­ing to Noosa and then liv­ing by the Mary River basin be­fore re­turn­ing home about 18 months ago.

His ex­hi­bi­tion Wild Waves, Women and Water­falls will be held on one af­ter­noon be­tween 2pm and 6pm on Septem­ber 28 at the Stack­wood Cre­ative Space.

He is known as front­man of the 1970s rock band The Manikins but also for his art, which has been col­lected by the Art Gallery of WA, UWA and hos­pi­tals in Queens­land.

Por­ritt said he moved to Queens­land for a tree change af­ter some time in Mel­bourne.

“The lo­ca­tion that I was liv­ing near the Mary River was called Crys­tal Wa­ters and it was the type of place you could get lost in the hin­ter­land,” he said. “It was a very trop­i­cal place, lots of snakes and kan­ga­roos.”

Por­ritt said he hoped peo­ple com­ing along to the ex­hi­bi­tion took away an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture.

“I want peo­ple to re­spect beaches and un­der­stand that wa­ter is a pre­cious com­mod­ity,” he said.

“I knew Stack­wood was the per­fect place for this ex­hi­bi­tion. There’s fresh plants and it’s got a great vibe.”­mu­ni­ d495457 Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Works by Robbie Por­ritt will be on dis­play at the Stack­wood Cre­ative Space next week­end.

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