Banging overseas artworks

INGLEWOOD’S Peteris Ciemitis is one of four WA artists representing Australia at this year’s Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh.

Mr Ciemitis, a Black Swan Portrait prize winner, says the biennale is like the art world’s Commonwealth Games and is a fantastic platform for Aussie talent.

Traditional world

He’ll be displaying his painting Shock of the New #2, which is about the “effect of technology and commercialism on our own identity and psyche”.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is how technology has impacted the traditional world.

• Peteris Clematis’ Shock of the New #2 is just one of the WA artworks on show at this year’s Asian Art Biennale.

Mr Ciemitis says he and his artist wife Jillian have been getting more and more invites to art events in Asia over the last few years.

“Maybe we aren’t as isolated as we think,” he says. “We’re a bit closer to the action than the east coast.”

Large audience

He says while private art galleries are poorly attended, public art events and festivals attract a large audience.

“There’s a demise of commercial galleries, but this whole process of growth and evolution as art is seen and involved with in a different way.”

The exhibition is at the National Museum of Bangladesh during September and includes a two-day symposium from September 2-3.

by MOLLY SCHMIDT

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