Osborne Park cafe is backdrop to artist’s ode to Kununurra

Artist David Tilbrook, who has cerebral palsy, was inspired by the landscape of the Kimberley region in his latest exhibition.
Artist David Tilbrook, who has cerebral palsy, was inspired by the landscape of the Kimberley region in his latest exhibition.

A TRIP to Kununurra inspired artist David Tilbrook’s first solo exhibition, which will feature in an Osborne Park caf this month.

Mr Tilbrook, who has cerebral palsy, said he went to the Kimberley region to visit family, but it turned out to be more than a reunion for him.

“When visiting my family in Kununurra, I fell in love with the landscape and knew straight away that this would have to be my ongoing body of work,” he said.

“The North-west has further significance for me as my mother was lucky enough to grow up there.”

He said his exhibition Travels of the North West at Sondrea Espresso was about his mum’s stories of her life as a child up North and his own time there as an adult.

Mr Tilbrook said he found his art to be therapeutic, but there were challenges in bringing it together.

“Having cerebral palsy presents me with challenges day to day, and this exhibition has been no different,” he said.

“Coming up with solutions has been exciting and at times difficult, for example taking photos from which to base my work proved to be a particularly difficult task.

“An easy solution was to ask my father to take photos of subjects that I found interesting, which we discovered whilst travelling.”

Mr Tilman recently became artist in residence at Manic Botanic caf, which he said allowed him more studio space.

What: Exhibition by David Tilbrook

When: August 19 (7am – midday) and 21-25th (7am – early afternoon)

Where: Sondrea Espresso, 6/12 Main Street, Osborne Park

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