WA’s finest  

Artwork by Melissa Clements feature in this year’s Fine Art exhibition at Perth College in Mt Lawley.

MELISSA CLEMENTS is one of the homegrown success stories featured in next weekend’s Fine Art exhibition at Perth College.

A former Perth College art captain in 2016, Clements won the Visual Arts ATAR that year, opened the Fine Art exhibition in 2017, and went on to study in New York and Florence before returning to Perth a few years ago, where she held her first solo exhibition Fracture.

Specialising in hyper-real portraits, Clements adds an eerie and slightly futuristic bent to the style of old masters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

Displaying alongside Clements will be 60 emerging and established artists from WA, including the likes of Crispin Akerman, Kay Gibson and Jacinda Bayne.

“2020 has presented new challenges, and in the process, reinforced to all who proudly call Western Australia home, how immensely fortunate we are,” says event organisers. 

“As we return to traveling and exploring our great state – from our far north to the old forests of the south coast and the vast eastern deserts to our golden sunsets – our Fine Art at Perth College Exhibition will introduce and showcase artists from all across the state, to encapsulate and ignite the human spirit in WA.”

If sculpting is your thing, then make sure you check out the works of Martin Jaine, who makes all kinds of fascinating pieces out of recycled materials – even a rhinoceros. Jaine has had a serpentine career, working as a farmer, builder and antiques dealer, before starting sculpting as a hobby.

It proved so successful it’s now his full time job, working out of Earlsferry House in Bassendean.

They’ll also be a number of College alumni, former staff and parents exhibiting, including ex-staffer Robin Wells, who specialises in fine jewellery.

Wells uses layered embossing and heavily oxidised metal in her peices, which reflects humankind’s impact on nature.

Some have designs with blackened landscapes ravaged by fire – like ghostly echoes of the flora and fauna.

The 36th Fine Art exhibition at Perth College in Mt Lawley is on next weekend (March 27 – 28) with Friday’s opening night featuring a champagne reception with live music from Perth College students.

For more details go to fineartatperthcollege.com

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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