Veteran painter lets the next

Maylands artist Barbara Swindells and her grandchildren Ashley (8) and Jordi Collins (10) , each with their artworks. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d424852
Maylands artist Barbara Swindells and her grandchildren Ashley (8) and Jordi Collins (10) , each with their artworks. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d424852

The Maylands artist has enlisted the help of her grandchildren Ashley and Jordi Collins who, according to Swindells, are keen to show off their artistic talents.

‘My work is mostly large semi-abstracts, but imagery is present and sometimes emphasised when it appears unintentionally,’ she said.

‘I use bold, happy colours on highly textured surfaces that trigger fragments of memory identity, family and spirituality.

‘The family element is strengthened with the involvement of my grandchildren, who are keen to show others their own age that art should be encouraged as much as any other activity.’

The exhibition will be Swindells’ first solo exhibition in a 40-year art career.

‘I was mostly involved in painting scenic backdrops for theatre shows such as Max Kay’s Civic Theatre,’ she said.

‘I was also scenic artist for other shows such as Pinocchio at the Regal Theatre Subiaco and White House Inn at Fremantle Town Hall.

‘In the past, I have been involved in painting for a children’s television series called Wormwood and a Film called Justice, starring Marcus Graham, presented by Barron Films.’

The exhibition runs until September 28, with the official opening on September 14.