LOCAL landscapes by Hills artist Joanna Meredith have been unveiled at an exhibition in the Darlington home of the late Robert Juniper and his wife Patricia (Trish).
“Bob and I talked about what my future could hold in store for me after he’d gone and it always was our plan that I could run some artist retreat or exhibitions from here,” she said.
“So, at last, after all the behind-the-scenes planning, things came together for this premier exhibition.
“I met Jo Meredith when she won the Bob and Trish Juniper Prize for visual artist at the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship, for her portrait of her father. I suggested she do a portrait of me to hang beside the portrait I have of Bobby.
“And so she did and we became friends.”
Meredith’s landscape collection, titled West, depicts scenes of Darlington, Fremantle and some en plein air from Kalbarri.
“For the past 18 months, I’ve been developing my oil landscape technique whilst exploring our stunning and varied environment; the resulting works are West,” she said.
Meredith said her art expressed what brings joy in her life.
“West explores the immersion in our environment that both nourishes and excites us,” she said. “There’s no better feeling than treading the curves of our coast, bush or gorges and not knowing what lies ahead.”
She said her hope was for viewers to feel saturated by the landscapes in the same way she first experienced them.
“I’m very honoured to have my work going up in Bob’s studio, knowing its rich history and the incredible works that have been created within its walls,” Meredith said. “It’s the perfect place to hold communion with nature through art.”
Meredith studied art at UWA and travelled extensively in Europe and the US, later completing more than 400 hours of ‘sight size’ portraiture training in Florence.
Art Gallery of WA foundation chair Marlene Stafford opened West on Sunday, November 26, with the collection on display until December 3.
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