East Fremantle artist debuts new collection of South Perth paintings

East Fremantle artist Ken Rasmussen. Photo: David Baylis
East Fremantle artist Ken Rasmussen. Photo: David Baylis

EAST Fremantle artist Ken Rasmussen had fun ‘listening to his painting’ for a modern take on impressionism in his new collection of large scale oil paintings based on South Perth.

Mr Rasmussen said he began practising depicting vertical lines with the city view from Northbridge before focusing on the South Perth foreshore.

“Now that I have learnt the techniques and am more adept, I can change my perspective,” he said.

“You do your drawing, put the paint on the top and accidentals happen, stuff that you didn’t plan on but it’s a very rewarding type of technique.

“You have to constantly watch stuff that you didn’t intend for effects so the saying is ‘listen to your painting’.”

Mr Rasmussen said after experimenting with new techniques on the high rise of South Perth, he wanted to be more mobile and take off to find new subjects.

“I’ve painted 300 days a year for the past 35 years,” he said.

“It’s lucky I live in Western Australia, to be honest, where we always seem to have booms, there’s lots of money and people buy paintings.”

Mr Rasmussen’s first painting of the South Perth series, Gold City Rising, is 1.5m wide by 1.9m tall and has already been purchased.

Gold City Rising by Ken Rasmussen.

South Perth resident and purchaser Julie Rogers said she particularly wanted a colourful piece to fill up the blank space of the staircase wall.

“We’ve considered photography because we loved the views of the South Perth foreshore,” she said.

“I really like abstract art and my husband likes something more realistic.

“I was keen to find an artist in WA and we’ve found Ken’s works to be a good combination of both our tastes.”