Perth gets artistic! #140art
2 November, 2013
My artistic painting abilities have been non existent for quite some time now…photography and graphic design seems to take over in the way of my full time job instead! But something inside me flickers when I see amazing artwork…the great artistic leaders, Andy Warhol, Picasso and Dali or my personal favourite Ralph Steadman and Banksy are just a few that I look up to. There is something about local young artists though that makes me feel giddy…they followed their dream, their passion. Artists are being recognised for so many things now rather than just canvas and sculpture work, and with thanks to 140Perth these local artists were given the chance to showcase their work – alongside retailers!
Thanks to Peach & Pineapple Co. I was invited along to the artist walking tour event Thursday night so I invited Nadine from Modern Girls in Vintage Pearls to appreciate a great night out, and I’ll admit that not only was it visually pleasing but it was one of those events I really enjoy as well as being a nice change from runway shows. The warehouse space was decked out in skulls, roses, fairy lights, neon cow skin floor rugs and industrial palettes. Along with Cocktail Gastronomy serving Mojito’s and Cosmo’s, and the beautiful sounds of Bernadine singing…I felt a little bit special being there. The artists involved are Rebecca Wetzler, Sara Winfield, Andrew Frazer, Phibs, Tess Bury, Anya Brock, Ian Mutch, Andy Quilty, Amok Island, Michelle LesliePip McManus and Joseph Boin who individually worked with the retailers of these shops, which as an artist I know it is sometimes hard to work to a brief. However most of them mentioned that the retailers were pretty easy going with what they came up with.
(above) Usual suspect Pippa McManus introduced her ‘girls’ as more edgy and rock over her beautifully flowing hair in gorgeous gowns that she so naturally portraits…she themed her artwork on the ladies that would walk past her studio in the city, bringing the aesthetic of what you see in Perth regularly.
(above) Rebecca Wetzler who has a background in fashion magazine illustration explained her work as “wanting it to stand out” by painting organic shapes in pastels, and black lines to bring it together.
(above) Sara Winfield likes to show full emotion in her work and alongside this piece of art mentioned that a man walked past as she was painting and said “This is how I see the world…full of emotion”, and to an artist…having people understand their work, is pretty special! Paint drips show a real raw feel to her work and the fact that this girl looks sad, draws you in.
(above) Another familiar face we see in Anya Brock who’s iconic budgies seemed to just ‘work’ alongside The Aviary bar & Restaurant above. Large scale budgies are a massive feast for your eyes when walking or driving past the Aviary which is what Anya hoped to achieve.
(Photo of me above by Nadine)
There are plenty more pieces to check out around 140Perth – street art has come a long way since Banksy made it famous and I am delighted to be in a city that embraces it all. If you take a few photos of the work hashtag #140art, follow @140Perth and @uwperth and you can be in the running to WIN a framed and signed print of the original artwork by the 140 artists. GET SNAPPING!! It’s a great excuse to go down to 140Perth to view all these large scale art pieces for yourself. Keep your eyes out for 140Perth which will relaunch in February 2014! HOW BLOODY EXCITING!