Old Bridge Immortalised on ply

Jos Coufreur with Jiah Minifie.
Jos Coufreur with Jiah Minifie.

GETTING the opportunity to paint a mural of the Old Mandurah Bridge was one too good to pass up for artist Jos Coufreur.

Old Tuckey House – now known as Bar Therapy – was the location.

Bar Therapy owner Jiah Minifie enlisted Coufreur for the work, wanting something colourful to brighten up the outdoor garden area.

He also wanted to keep the memory of the old bridge alive.

“We teamed up with local and internationally renowned artist Jos Coufreur and it was a real honour and pleasure to work with someone so talented and passionate about Mandurah,” Mr Minifie said.

“Our vision was to pay tribute to the wonderful memories we have all shared and show respect to this gorgeous area we are situated in, through showcasing both our history alongside our future.

“To us this painting captures the heart and soul of our community, whilst also acknowledging the past and emphasising our vibrant future.

Mr Coufreur said he loved painting on a large canvas.

“This large mural was certainly a challenge,” he said.

“Setting up the panels of marine ply in my workshop/studio at home it took me a few weeks to complete my colourful rendition of the Old Mandurah Bridge.”

He said he wasn’t taking any chances with the work and its proximity to the salty estuary air.

“I sealed it with two layers of anti graffiti and UV protection.”

Mr Coufreur is known for his vibrant portraits of celebrities, emus and landscapes.

He also featured in an episode House Rules a few years back with a large artwork of The Big Lebowski for locals Andrew and Jono’s laundry.