Freo Art 1: Spaced Out

We were in Perth’s port city of Fremantle recently and visited several different art galleries. First we went to see the exhibition Other Suns: Cult Sci-fi Cinema and Art at Fremantle Arts Centre.

There were some great artworks, displays and movie clips. That’s a monumental echo by Lisa Sammut up top, and this cute space-mobile is Never Better by Jess Day and Joanne Richardson. The exhibition runs through to 14 September and is well worth a visit.


Head Turners

We were in the Perth suburb of Northbridge recently and called in at Turner Galleries to check out their current exhibitions. Especially liked the paintings by Kyle Hughes-Odgers (above) and Cathy Blanchflower (below). They’re on display until 10 August.

Down to the Sea

While we were at Fremantle Arts Centre a few days back, we enjoyed looking at the exhibition Pilot Painter. It showcases paintings by the 19th century pilot and harbour master Captain George Forsyth.

Plenty of paintings of ships, and this view of a very undeveloped Fremantle Harbour. Surprisingly good art for a self-taught artist who had a very demanding day job.

From Russia, with Love

During our recent visit to Sydney we went to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see the exhibition of Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage – a huge collection of masterpieces from the past hundred odd years. The French Impressionists were represented, including Poppy Field (1890/91) by Claude Monet.

And The Banks of the River Marne (1888) by Paul Cezanne.

The Winter Palace (1992, below) by Bernard Buffet shows part of the Hermitage Museum. It’s a great exhibition – don’t miss it if you happen to be in Sydney.

Birds of a Different Feather

We visited the Turner Galleries in Northbridge a few days back to see the exhibition “A Rare Bird in the Lands” by Eva Fernandez. The rather strange photographs depict birds and other local animals dressed in clothes from Australia’s colonial past. Somehow they manage to be gloomy, sad, amusing, disturbing and mesmerising – all at the same time.

This thought provoking exhibition is well worth a visit, but closes on 17 November.

Such is Life

We ran into the famous 19th century Australian bushranger Ned Kelly a few days back.

The exhibition Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders at the Art Gallery of Western Australia features a series of paintings of Kelly by Sidney Nolan. They manage to be iconic and whimsically amusing at the same time. These three sum up Kelly’s life – death of a policeman, shootout at Glenrowan, and trial.