Down to a fine art: Hale students shine in Year 12 Perspectives

Finley White with his piece Macro/micro.        Pictures: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d464332
Max Evangelisti
Finley White with his piece Macro/micro.        Pictures: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d464332 Max Evangelisti

STAYING back at school on a Friday night to paint was a weekly routine for Hale School students Max Evangelisti and Finley White that earned them a place in the WA Art Gallery’s annual Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.

Finley, of Karrinyup, said being a part of Year 12 Perspectives was the kick-start he needed to pursue a degree in graphic design and creative advertising at Curtin University.

“The idea behind my oil-on-canvas diptych Micro/Macro was to explore the ‘microcosm’ and ‘macrocosm’ within aspects of everyday natural scenery,” he said.

“I took over 100 close-up photographs, mainly in the school grounds and in my garden; the artwork is a commentary on the beauty we miss and an invitation to look more closely.”

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Finley said he had a passion for art and photography from a young age.

“Painting is great because it is an amazing sense of achievement you get when you finish an artwork,” he said.

“I really want to see the other art works and meet the other artists; it is a huge privilege to be included in the show.”

Max said art was more than just a school subject and required many hours of dedication.

“Art was always a laidback subject at the start of schooling so I chose to do it in Year 10, but as I did it, I fell in love with it and wanted to stay after class and keep painting,” he said.

“By Year 11, a few of us started to stay on Friday nights to paint a little bit but then by Year 12, it was every Friday and the class really became like an art community.”

Max’s piece City Beach on Sunday is a colourful pop art celebration of summer and mateship.

Finley White (Karrinyup) with work Macro/micro has been selected for the Year 12 perspectives exhibition at the WA Art Gallery.