Pristine beaches, magnificent forests and some of the state’s best local food and wine – what better inspiration for a South-West artist?
Artist Rob Malcolm opened Yallingup Galleries almost 20 years ago and now proudly displays over 200 local and Australian artists in its two galleries.
The Main Gallery is an eclectic space housing contemporary fine art, furniture, ceramics and glass from emerging and established artists. Most of the furniture is designed by Rob and made from rare south-west timbers before being placed in the gallery or exported around the world. Alongside Rob’s furniture are paintings by renowned artists Linda Skorlys, Russel Sheridan, Alex Wiznoiewski and Robert Juniper, and pieces by Cottesloe-based jeweller, Katie King.
Yallingup Galleries’ second space is located 5km from The Main Gallery on Marrinup Road and is called the Watergarden Art Studio. Here, two pavillions, separated by a deck and landscaped pond, are reserved for solo and group exhibitions. During April, visitors to the Watershed Art Studio will catch WA painter Tristan Sheen’s solo exhibition. Having spent many years working on the Broome-based charter boat #The Willie, Tristan’s artwork mostly depicts the Kimberley marine and landscapes. Also exhibiting over the April school holidays are painters Rick Martin and Mary-Lynne Stratton. Yallingup Galleries is open every day of the year, except Christmas, from 10am to 5pm.
Jeweller Max Ball and painter Penny Hudson opened their Purist Gallery a little over three years ago and have since staged many exhibitions. From March 26 until May 1, the husband and wife team will be hosting a double exhibition. Max’s will be titled #Possessive – Obsessive# and follows on from his August exhibition, #Taking Prisoners#. #Possessive – Obsessive# features a series of tiny sterling silver cages holding a selection of precious stones, commenting on man’s need to keep and control objects of desire. Penny’s exhibition, titled #Contours and Connection#, consists of abstract paintings depicting landscapes that, to her, hold special ancestral and family values.
In addition to these exhibitions, Max’s contemporary range of jewellery and objects made from sterling silver, 18ct and 9ct gold, precious gems and Argyle Diamonds, and a selection of Penny’s paintings is permanently on display in the Gallery. Purist also has an Espresso Bar and an outdoor patio area where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and one of Purist’s art publications. Max accepts commissions and the gallery is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm, and daily during school holidays.
For those interested in contemporary art, you can’t go past Gunyulgup Galleries, set on a picturesque lake next to Lamont’s cellar door and restaurant. Displaying predominantly Western Australian artists, this open-plan gallery represents more than 120 artisans in a range of mediums, including painting, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and furniture. Owners Nina and Ashley Jones time the gallery’s solo exhibitions to coincide with the school holidays. Artists to look out for in coming months include Perth-based painter Danilo Pravvika, whose rich and textured oil paintings depicting contemporary water scenes will be on display from April 9-25. And from July 2-17 you’ll catch painter Tony Winberg’s collection of contemporary landscapes, inspired by the areas surrounding Karratha. Other noteworthy artists represented at Gunyulgup include painters Waldemar Kolbusz, Elizabeth Ford and Nigel Hewitt, jewellers Irena Lang and Debbie Beckett, and glassblowers Elizabeth Mavrick and David Hay.
If you’re more interested in stunning landscape photography, Christian Fletcher Photo Images in Dunsborough is a must visit. Capturing mostly Western Australian images, Christian’s striking photography is sharp, colourful, sensitive and more artistic than most landscape photography we’ve seen. Currently, Christian Fletcher Photo Images is producing limited edition prints on canvas and watercolour paper, giving each image an earthier, more textured feel. While this technique is proving very popular, framed pictures printed on photographic paper are always available at the gallery. Alternatively, all photographs can be reproduced on canvas and vice versa if the client wishes. Christian can also customise the dimensions of your image to suit your space at home or in the office. Christian Fletcher Photo Images is open everyday from 9am to 5pm.
For weird and truly wonderful wood creations, you can’t go past Brendan Booth’s Wood Be Good Gallery. Housed in a large shearing shed, the gallery boasts everything from small wooden figurines to large sculpted tables, beds and cabinets – he’s currently sculpting a cabinet with an octopus spilling down over the front. Testimony to Brendan’s incredible skill and attention to detail is the extraordinary sculpture park he’s building in a paddock next door to the gallery. Here you can see sculptures of a giant rhino, crab, gecko, dragon, ape and owl, all in various stages of completion. While the pieces in the sculpture park are not for sale, all other items in the gallery are and commissions are happily accepted. Brendan specialises in all WA hardwoods including jarrah, sheoak, blackbutt and marri. A small donation is appreciated on entry to the gallery to assist with the maintenance and growth of the sculpture park.
Since opening his gallery in 2001, Perth-born jeweller John Miller’s showroom John Miller Designs has become one of the most visited galleries in the South-West. To make his one-off creations, John uses a range of traditional techniques including hand forging, hand engraving, fusing, pattern rolling and cuttlefish casting, and prefers working with silver, 18ct and 22ct gold, precious gems, pearls and Argyle diamonds. If you like what you see in the gallery, wedding rings can be made to order in many styles and metals, and range in price from $1500 to $3000 a pair. Other commissions and inquiries are also welcome.
Christian Fletcher Photo Images, Shop 2/31 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough, (08) 9759 1555; 3/99 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, (08) 9758 8955; 1 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah, (08) 9581 5570.
Gunyulgup Galleries, Gunyulgup Valley Drive, Yallingup, (08) 9755 2177
John Miller Design, Marrinup Drive, Yallingup, (08) 9756 6336
Purist Gallery, Lot 4 Blue Orchid Court, Yallingup, (08) 9755 2582
Wood Be Good, 937 Caves Road, Yallingup, (08) 9755 2154
Yallingup Galleries, Caves Road, Yallingup, (08) 9755 2147