PROJECT WEST KIMBERLEYPaintings by LARRY MITCHELL
Furniture by GARY BENNETT and DAVID PARIS
Saturday 30th May 2009, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition will be opened by Adam Zorzi: Director FORM
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"Project West Kimberley" once again brings together artists Larry Mitchell, Gary Bennett and David Paris with a unique study of the West Kimberly region. Having travelled through this spectacular strip of Western Australian coastline on the boutique adventure cruise ship the "True North" Mitchell, Bennett and Paris have expressed their experiences through their respective genre. The result is an eclectic mix of large scale paintings and sculptural furniture designs. Enjoy.
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"Tide Line" 305x90cm SOLD
"The Kimberley" 183x153cm SOLD
"Montgomery Reef" 240x120cm SOLD
"King George Falls" 240x92cm SOLD
"Buccaneer Archipeligo" 300x90cm
"West Kimberley Morning" 275x90cm SOLD
view left panel "Kimberley Coast" each panel -245x90cm SOLD view right panel
"Mitchell Falls" suite of x5 paintings each panel 60x70cm SOLD
"Age" Grandfather Clock
1950 x 330 x 400 deep
Materials; Black heart Sassafras, Ebony, Glass, Brushed Stainless steel.
Movement; Cable suspended, weight driven 8 day ½ hour strike pendulum movement.
Inspiration; Whilst in the Kimberly I couldn't help but be affected by the overwhelmingly ancient nature of the landscape. As I peered over the edge of the "King George Falls' in it's dry state and witnessed the staining that had occurred over millions of years I became acutely aware of the significance of time in this unique environment.The Black Heart Sassafras and Ebony combined beautifully to reflect the stained sheer cliff face.
"River Flows Through" Dining Table/ Desk
2800 x 1300 x 750
Materials; Salvaged Jarrah, Silver Leaf, Brushed Stainless Steel.
Inspiration; The extensive river systems that snake their way through the Pindan red cliffs of the West Kimberly region viewed form the boat and the sky, via the chopper, reveal a seemingly never ending flow of fresh water. These waterways flow from platform to platform via the most exquisite waterfalls creating splayed silver ribbons that transfer life to the next level then continue their journey to the sea. When Dave chose the Jarrah for ths piece the shape suited the design so well we left the natural edges on. Dave also did an exception job in the construction of this piece considering the drawing I gave him had no dimensions on it!!
1300 x 1100 x 1100 high
Materials; Salvaged Marri Burl half round, Curly Marri, Polished Stainless steel.
Inspiration; Standing at the polished stainless steel bow rail on the True North and witnessing the massive Montgomery Reef platform appear to rise up from the Indian Ocean as the tide drops is an event I'll never forget. When I returned to my workshop and came across a Marri Burl half round that Dave had bought around nearly a year before it was the perfect material for this piece. The flat platform like top with it's naturally sculptured underside took me straight back to the bow rail where I had witnessed one of natures true wonders.
"Montgomery Bar Stool"
500 x 500 x 760 seat height
Materials; Curly Marri, Brushed Stainless Steel, Faux Croc hide
Inspiration; All good bars need a comfortable stool.
1900 x 740 x 500
Materials; Salvaged Jarrah, Silver leaf
Inspiration; This piece was designed to sit with the "River Flows Through" table and picks up on the cliff drop off's, rock ledges and connecting waterways.
"Croc" Chaise/ Daybed
2000 x 780 x 700 high
Materials; Salvaged Jarrah, Faux Crocodile cow hide.
Inspiration; The croc's are everywhere in this region and to see them nonchalantly basking on the muddy riverbanks in their natural habitat was quite an experience. I couldn't bring myself to use the real thing so I went for the Faux Croc hide instead
"Boab" Dining table
2700 x 1200 x 740
Materials; Salvaged Marri, Salvaged Jarrah
Inspiration: The Boab trees were a constant source of fascination for me while in the Kimberly. Even though they grow in proximity to one another they seemed so alone as a forms in the landscape. The juxtaposition of their bulbous bodies against the geometry of the rocky outcrops in which they dwell drew me in to feel their tactile surface. From those moments I knew I had a Boab in me just waiting to get out.
When I was commissioned by Mark Stothard to design and make furniture for his Kimberly inspired "True North Ashore" project this was the first piece I created.
550 x550x 850
Materials: Jarrah/ Marri
Inspiration; Designed to go with the "Boab" Table
"Kimberly" Dining Table
2600 x 1400 x 740 SOLD
Materials; Salvaged Karri, Stainless steel
Inspiration; Geometric patterns in enormous cliff faces that cut their way through an expansive landscape had me constantly reaching for my protractor and set square. The contrasting hues from pink to brown seemed to make Karri the ideal choice for this one.
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