Local Fremantle artists combine talents

Artists Brad Durrant, Daniela Dlugocz, Peter Ciemitis, Daevid Anderson, Jill Ansell, Steven Makse and Caroline Marinovich. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d446934
Artists Brad Durrant, Daniela Dlugocz, Peter Ciemitis, Daevid Anderson, Jill Ansell, Steven Makse and Caroline Marinovich. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d446934

THIRTEEN may be considered an unlucky number by some, but not these artists.

Thirteen WA Portrait Artists members have joined to exhibit their favourite pieces of work in a new portraiture show in Fremantle.

With names such as two-time Archibald Prize finalist Peter Ciemitis, Black Swan highly commended winner Josh Cocking and local artists Steven Makse, from East Fremantle, and Hamilton Hill’s Ros Mitchell, the exhibition will be awash with beautiful strokes and eye-catching colours.

Artist Brad Durrant said the group’s founding members came together in 2011 and since then it had grown from a casual gathering to meetings that were more formal.

“In 2014, after a few years of meeting up as a casual group, we started talking about holding a group exhibition as a way of giving the group and the artists some exposure while sharing the costs,” he said.

“This came at a time when many WA art galleries were closing down, so opportunities to exhibit were reducing. We held our first group exhibition in January 2015 at Kidogo Art House and it was very successful we decided to do it again.”

Artist Steven Makse said he was looking forward to showing his new work.

“I’m also looking forward to exhibiting with several new, very accomplished members of the group,” he said.

“Some of our more well-known artists will be a drawcard, giving exposure to some of the other artists whose work may not be seen so often.

“We had a great response last time so it can only get better from here, and Kidogo Art House is a beautiful place to be in January.”

Skin Deep 2016

Where: Kidogo Art House, Fremantle

When: January 21 to 27

Who: 13 WA Portrait Artists