Confluence ceramics convey long-time collaboration at John Curtin Gallery

Confluence Exhibition curator Chris Malcom with ceramic art work by Warwick Palmateer. Photo: Matt Jelonek
Confluence Exhibition curator Chris Malcom with ceramic art work by Warwick Palmateer. Photo: Matt Jelonek

WARRICK Palmateer‘s two biggest passions have been meshed together at the John Curtin Gallery’s Confluence exhibition.

The joint exhibition explores the ceramic collaboration between Palmateer and his long-time friend Pippin Drysdale and showcases the duo’s new work.

For Palmateer, it served as a perfect chance to use his artistic talent to show his love for the coastline he has always shared an affinity with.

“I’ve grown up on the coast, I’m a keen surfer and beachcomber and I live on the beach front in Yanchep,” he said.

“I was able to bring these two loves together to create this unique body of work. It’s a simple concept really, but very strong within me.”

While Palmateer has worked as Drysdale’s collaborator for over 25 years and again teamed up with her for , he said he was excited to show off his own original work at the exhibition.

“’Meridian Arc’ is twelve large vessels inspired by my love of the coast, particularly the Yanchep region where I live, the colours and textures inspired by Yanchep lagoon, the turquoise ocean colours and the bleached sand colours,” he said.

“For an artist, exhibiting is one of the highlights of developing a body of work. It’s great to make it as well, but the ultimate prize for me is to put it in front of audience and see what response I get.”

‘Meridian Arc’ took roughly a year to create and Palmateer said he spent most of that time at a brick makers in South Guildford to bring the creation to life.

“I approached them last year and asked them if I could make a body of work out there to use their kilns, they had industrial sized kilns to fire bricks,” he said.

John Curtin Gallery director Chris Malcolm said Palmateer and Drysdale’s work contrasted and complimented the other perfectly.

“The ceramic works in Confluence boldly contrast each artist’s distinctive aesthetic language and celebrates their passion for different aspects of Australia’s natural environment that so deeply informs their work,” he said.

Confluence is running until December 2.