TWO Inglewood artists hoping to expand WA’s art profile will exhibit works in the G20 International Art Exhibition in China.
Peter and Jillian Ciemitis will join more than 60 international artists who created works for the exhibition around the themes of environmental protection, climate change, peace and freedom.
Judy Rogers will join the pair with her work ‘After the Fire’.
The October exhibition follows the G20 Summit, an annual international trade and economic conference held in Hangzhou, China.
Mr Ciemitis, who has exhibited in China four times previously, said west coast artists should aim for more international exposure.
“Notably, all three Australian artists invited are West Australian,” he said.
“China’s cultural curiosity doesn’t discriminate between the Aussie east coast and west coast.”
A two-time Archibald Prize finalist, Mr Ciemitis also won the 2010 Black Swan portraiture prize and was named 2014 Planner of the Year for his urban planning work.
“I feel a great honour to represent Australia well at this exhibition,” he said. “Arts institutions from the Australia Council through to the WA Department of Culture and the Arts have placed the building of cultural relationships with China at the peak of the lists, so the sense of responsibility is palpable.”
Printmaker Jillian Ciemitis, a previous WA Print Media Award winner, will exhibit her work ‘Erythos’.
“There is a huge move towards environmental leadership in China; my work for this exhibition aims to symbolise the links between nature and humankind through patterning that simultaneously resembles tree forms, neural paths or digital networks,” she said.
“It’s great to see WA artists at the forefront of our cultural push into China, it makes sense geographically that the west coast is leading the way into Asia.”
She said the cultural exchange would be a chance to find more opportunity for the WA arts scene.