Leda mural honours WA’s first female town planner


Artist Brenton See. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d482092a
Artist Brenton See. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d482092a

A LOVE for animals and art is what led Brenton See to paint – and he has just finished another colourful masterpiece in Leda dedicated to WA’s first female town planner, Margaret Feilman.

The 31-year-old was approached by Leda Shopping Centre and City of Kwinana to create a mural on the wall between Chemist Warehouse and Leda Lottery centre and Newsagency on Feilman Street in Leda.

It took See eight-and-a-half days to create the 6m high x 14m wide wall mural.

“Margaret had a lot to do with designing the parks around the Kwinana and Leda area in the 1950s and she opted to leave a lot of parks and not disturb the natural habitat of animals and wildlife,” he said.

“The street this mural is painted on was named after her.

“Margaret enjoyed visual art, and the background flower I designed in the half triangle of the wall mural is a simplified version of one of her paintings.”

See’s love for painting started from a young age as his mum, who was also an artist, introduced him to the activity.

“After high school I did graphic design at Tafe but I realised I didn’t want to work with computers so I went on to do a tattoo apprenticeship and realised I didn’t want to do that either,” he said.

“It was at this point I was gathering a client base so I took a chance, took a year off from work and then started mural painting.”

According to the artist, his mural has been popular with passerbys since he completed it last week.

“There have been a lot of people parking across the road taking photos, and some would ask questions about it while I was painting,” he said.

See said he would always want to spend his life doing something involving animals.

“For this piece it’s site specific and I’ve painted animals from the local area,” he said.

“If I was going to do anything with my life it would always be animal based – it’s always been natural for me to draw and paint animals.”

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