This exhibition at Gallows Gallery represents a collection of Ken’s work that has been created over fifteen years. Many have been painted over the last 18 months, but some date back more than ten years since he initially painted them “en plein air”.
There is a fine selection of small landscapes painted around the Swan River and environs of Perth, including some distinctive and well-loved Western Australian landscapes like the Pilbara and the Kimberleys.
Ken likes to use the large and expansive body of work in his studio when preparing for an exhibition. He finds that time allows him to be objective. His fine tuning of the plein air paintings in the studio is fundamentally important. Ken’s obsessive desire to get the paintings right and his exacting standards of what is acceptable (to him at least) saw him burn more than 300 paintings over the last five years.
He has recently been working on a dynamic series of multi panel gum tree paintings …some as large as 150 x 180 cm and these have all been done on location.
He says that he often requires a stepladder so that he can reach the top of the paintings on his French easel. He likes painting the works individually and aligns them back in the studio to create a “dance” so that in their correct sequence they have a rhythm with a sense of serendipity.
Ken believes that the ubiquitous waterhole paintings featured in the current exhibition are part of the Australian bush psyche… not only is it an important element of the pastoral landscape but has been an integral aspect of Australian folklore. For those of you who embrace and respond to the Australian landscape and unique light of this great land, this is an exhibition not to be missed.