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THIS IS ARTY FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on August 27, 2019

 

 

It is only a few more weeks until the local government election campaign starts and where negativity about Fremantle Council will be severe and sometimes unfair, so I am trying to make the best of waking up from my winter hibernation with long walks through our delightful city.

Today I did a little photo essay on art and murals.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING PEACEFUL PHOTOGRAPHY MOMENTS AT J SHED

 

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The eclectic and cluttered upstairs gallery at sculptor Greg James’ studio in J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is always worth a visit, but even more so now with the Peaceful Moments exhibitions.

There are only five large photos by Amerigo Carello and they alone should be seen by anyone interested in outstanding landscape photography. The three landscapes where the rising sun creates dappled light in the undulated scenery are exquisitely painterly. They are sublime and should be bought for a corporate collection or boardroom! There are also two images of Fremantle. One of the Maritime Museum just before sunrise and a night shot of historic High Street.

There are also very creative collages by Ivan Zuvela, sweet beach landscape paintings by David Moran and of course a variety of smaller sculptures from the Greg James stable by him Lesley Barrett and others.

J Shed is an enigma. It frustrates Fremantle Council because in its desperation of activating the area it appears to overlook the significance of it as a venue where great art has been created for more than twenty years.

On Saturday Arthur’s Head looked like an ant hill with hundreds and hundreds of people, including passengers from the Sea Princess, climbing the stairs to the Roundhouse. The West End of Freo was buzzing.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct is on the radar of our Councillors and City officers and it is likely it will be an agenda item for the Ordinary Council meeting in April. Will they come up with new creative solutions, such as a sculpture park on the A Class Reserve at J Shed, or change tune totally and abandon the arts precinct idea? It is anyone’s guess at present.

Go and have a look at the J Shed show. You won’t regret it!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE ITALIAN CLUB HUGE PAINTING SHOW

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on March 15, 2019

 

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There is a massive art exhibition on at the Fremantle Italian Club this weekend. The WA Society of Arts will be showing 200 paintings by 60 artists. All are for sale and ready to hang, so go and check it out!

The Italian Club is at 65 Marine Terrace just south of the Esplanade skate park.

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL BLUE AT JAPINGKA GALLERY

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 3, 2018

 

 

I am a big fan of the Fremantle Aboriginal art gallery Japingka in High Street and its owners Ian and David and have directed dozens of overseas and interstate visitors to the gallery, but these guys are really stretching the friendship and challenge my patience with their outrageously bad and long media releases. It is annoying because it means I have to take more time than I want to make something succinct and coherent out of what they send me.

This time their media release was a whopping 874 words, the equivalent of a full page in the Herald, accompanied by eleven photos! and yes, they always send the text in colour.

So here is the very shortened version:

The first art exhibition of 2018 at Japingka Gallery is exploring the use of the blue palette in Indigenous fine art. Blue features the handful of artists such as Kudditji Kngwarreye and Judy Watson Napangardi, and emerging artists Faye Nungala Hudson, as well as established artists Rosella Namok, Fiona Omeenyo and Gloria Petyarre, who have confidently embraced the avenues that this striking colour provides.

 In gallery 2 Ngarrindjeri Artist Amanda Conway-Jones from Victor Harbour in South Australia displays her talent in an exhibition of aerial views of her coastal country hometown and the surrounding ocean.

Exhibitions open 6.30pm Friday 9th February, and run daily until 14th March, 2018.

Japingka Gallery is at 47 High Street in Fremantle’s gorgeous West End.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S GEOFFREY WAKE EXHIBITS AT GALLOWS

Posted in art, fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

Fremantle artist Geoffrey Wake who creates his work in his PS Art Space studio in Pakenham Street is having an exhibition at Gallows Gallery, 53 Glyde Street, Mosman Park. It is on till March 26.

The title of the exhibition is “Wandering with Le Corbusier” 

This painting is a process driven journey surrounding the subject of Le Corbusier, the French architect /artist. The work is inspired by researching Le Corbusier and translating that experience into an art form .The title is a metaphor on the wandering nature of creativity in that the process is not linear, the line in the painting represents the meandering thought process embracing the journey during the execution of the work. A bit like a river flowing and finding its own ideas and adding to the original thought. The work is also a collective expression of events embedded into the work to express both time and space. The external shape of the painting is purely a continuation of the shaped works I have been doing over the last few years.

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LIGHT AND HISTORY AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on November 20, 2016

 

There are two interesting new exhibitions on at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Light Geist is a show of light and projections by Ella Barclay, Sam Price and Ngamaru Bidu and Sohan Ariel Hayes.

The two fog boxes in the hallway are intriguing. Look for the swimmers!

Also on show is a collection of historic works by printer and collector Frank Norton. Some great paintings of Fremantle Port I had not seen before!

Roel Loopers

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FREO ARTISTS FEATURE IN THE WEST

Posted in art, artists, fremantle by freoview on October 15, 2016

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Nice to see that very lovely Fremantle artist couple Ellen McCarthy and Ross Potter featured in the Yin&Yang section of the West Australian weekend magazine today.

The couple is just about to officially open their Art in Freo space in the number four studio of J Shed at Bathers Beach.

And Ross’ latest exhibition WOOD opens tonight at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street, so make sure to go and see it next week. It is open from Tuesday to Friday.

Also congratulations to Rachel Coad who won the $ 50,000 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture with her painting of fellow artist Waldemar Kolbusz!

Roel Loopers

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TWO NEW ART SHOWS AT JAPINGKA GALLERY

Posted in aboriginal, art, culture, fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 31, 2016

Two new exhibitions open this Friday at Fremantle’s Japingka Gallery at 47 High Street, so if you are interested in great Aboriginal art go and see the shows!

Camel Camp & Beyond – Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert. Showcases the beautiful and uplifting work of both the Elders and the emerging younger generations of Artists in what is a breathtaking and beautiful depiction and celebration of ties to the land and to country. Elders represented in this stunning Exhibition include: Angelina Ngal Pwerle, Josie Petrick Kemarre, Cowboy Loy Pwerle, Gladdy Kemarre, Kathleen Ngale, Susan Pitjara Hunter and Polly Ngale. There is also a wonderful and exciting group of paintings by younger generation Artists such as : Sandy Pitjara Hunter, Joy Kngwarreye Jones, Denisa Hatches, Bessie Pitjara and Elizabeth Mbitjana amply demonstrate that the Utopia Art Movement is alive and well and in very talented hands!

 George Tuckerbox Exhibition – Art from the Great Sandy Desert. George Tuckerbox presents his paintings from the Great Sandy Desert at Japingka Gallery, opening on Friday 2 September. While Tuckerbox has exhibited with his fellow community artists since 2003, this will be his first solo show. Tuckerbox lives at Wangkatjungka in the south-east corner of the Kimberley and made his first paintings in mid 1990s. He walked in from the desert with his family when he was a child. His recognition maps of the desert are his testimony to his ancestral desert homelands.

 Exhibitions open 6.30pm Friday 2nd September, and run daily until 28th October, 2016

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FREO MASTER GEORGE HAYNES SHOWS AT LINTON&KAY

Posted in art, fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 17, 2016

 

Artist George Haynes has been a well-known and highly-respected artist in Fremantle for as long as I can remember, and although he now lives in Spearwood we still call him a Freo artist.

Haynes has not exhibited in a commercial gallery for more than ten years, so his show at the Linton&Kay Galleries at 137 St George’s Terrace in Perth will no doubt attract many art lovers, and hopefully a lot of art buyers.

The show is on from August 22 to September 23, but if you are keen you can view the show on the gallery’s website and buy a work before the show is sold out.

There are abstracts and landscapes, so make sure to check it out!

“I was tempted to call this exhibition ‘Pictures of Paintings’; such a simple title. Because what I find I am doing is painting a picture of a painting seen, as it were, on a wall, and illuminated by an invented light, be it a beam, ray, or shaft, or glow. Some window-scapes, some abstract paintings, some landscape paintings. But as the last painting in the show is dependent on the first, I will call it Two Years of Painting and leave it at that. I can only hope you enjoy the work as I enjoyed painting it.” George Haynes.

Roel Loopers

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COLOUR IN FREO’S PADDY TROY MALL

Posted in art, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 29, 2016

 

It is nice to see a bit of colour in the drab Paddy Troy Lane in Fremantle. The Newport Hotel did these murals that look stunning and there is other graffiti art on other buildings, while bollards and trees have been covered with colourful ropes.

The lane runs parallel to the Cappuccino Strip and William Street and the lovely Grumpy Sailor cafe is also there. Check it out!

Roel Loopers

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