Joondalup Art Gallery exhibition to celebrate friendship inspired by love of colour

Duncraig artists Clare Yates and Carl Altmann.
Duncraig artists Clare Yates and Carl Altmann.

AN exhibition opening at Joondalup Art Gallery on Tuesday celebrates 30 years of friendship and artistic talent inspired by a love of colour.

Clare Yates, Carl Altmann and Mignon Smith first met at Altmann’s art history classes at Carine TAFE in the 1990s and they painted together until Smith moved to Queensland recently.

The ‘Say it With Paint’ exhibition is an eclectic collection of their work and documents their shared joy in colour and a friendship that has spanned decades.

Mignon Smith’s painting Ceramic Shelf.

Altmann encouraged people to visit the community gallery in Central Walk during their exhibition from April 17 to 28.

“There is no entry fee and there is enough range in this exhibition that almost everyone will find a work that captivates them,” he said.

“With many of our fine art galleries closing in recent years, the role of community supported galleries is increasingly important for people who enjoy original artworks and in creating space in the community for emerging and established artists.

Clare Yates’s painting Stepped Garden.

“Art has a great capacity to enrich our lives.”

Yates focuses on the WA environment ranging from deserts, forests and the raging Southern Ocean in her work, using bold colours that echo the intensity of our sunlight.

Smith has been inspired by her international travels, as well as the ancient Greeks and mythology.

Altmann’s works explore a range of styles from realism to abstraction, and he finds his inspiration from the environment.

Carl Altmann’s painting Falling Water.

The artists use a variety of media including oils, acrylic, watercolours, inks, pastels, crayons and collage.

The gallery will be open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 5pm and on weekends from 1pm to 5pm.