Frenetic Workings of the Western World marks the contemporary representations of modern life created by Steven Perrette. Within his practice Perrette maintains a fascination with industrial and vintage ships and sailing boats along with roads and highways depicting a cacophony of cars, semi-trailers, cafes, gas stations and signs featuring corporate logos. The chaotic scenes depicted by Perrette in watercolour washes and expressive ink nib line work possess a stylistic wildness distinctive to the artist along with a controlled and balanced composition.
“When I grew up in school at Glenroy Primary years ago I used to draw cars and trucks…I’ve been interested since I was a kid. [Now] I make paintings with Shell and BP service stations, trucks and cars as it reminds me of driving with my father to Bendigo and Mildura in his light blue Sigma. There were also a lot of semi-trailer trucks on Pascoe Vale Raod [in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne] that I liked to draw. The ships and boats remind me of the Captain Cook days, of the HMS Endeavour boat and when I was on it as a kid in Port Phillip Bay in Port Melbourne. I’m good at artmaking, and I’m quietly confident about my work. I hope people think I’m great and my work is great, and they might buy it. I’ve been successful working in the studio Arts Project Australia.” Steven Perrette, 2019
Steven Perrette (born 1962) has worked in the studio at Arts Project Australia since 2000, and had his first solo exhibition in the Arts Project Gallery in 2011. He has exhibited in numerous group shows including ‘Mission to Seafarers Victoria 2014 & 2017 ANL Maritime Art Prize’, Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne; ‘Turning the Page’, Gallery 101, Ontario, Canada; and ‘Melbourne Art Fair’, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. His work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, and V-Line Collections.
Opening: Saturday 26 October, 3-5pm
Exhibition: 26 October — 23 November
Free and open to the public
Opening Speaker: Jeremy Eaton, an artist and writer based in Melbourne, he is the gallery coordinator of KINGS Artist-Run and the editorial coordinator of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
Coinciding with Steven Perrette Solo is the group exhibition The Natural Way.
Image | Steven Perrette, Not titled, 2015, gouache, marker and watercolour on paper, 38 x 56 cm.