Shire of Mundaring's Art Acquisition exhibition was opened by Shire President Cr John Daw on Friday 7 February to an appreciative crowd of more than 100 guests.
Each year, the Shire partners with the Mundaring Arts Centre to present an acquisitive exhibition celebrating exceptional artists within the community.
Every three years, the exhibition takes a retrospective form, representing an opportunity to highlight the legacy and acquire the work of a seminal West Australian artist closely affiliated to the Hills and its people.
Cr Daw said that this year, he was delighted to celebrate the substantial contribution Hans Arkeveld has made to the arts community.
"Through his exploration of many media, his investigation of human nature and science, and through sharing his vast knowledge with others, Hans has become one of the Hills most revered artists," Cr Daw said.
"The Shire of Mundaring Art Collection already features a selection of work by Hans and this year, through his exhibition Homo Eclectic, curated by Dr Robyn Taylor, we have been able to add three new works that highlight the core themes explored over Hans' 50-year career."
New acquisitions to the Shire's Art Collection are:
- No. 27 Transports 42, 1980 etching
- No. 34 North Sea Trawler, 1995 wood, fabric and paint
- No. 49 Self Portrait, 1984 etching
The etching, Transports 42, works as a companion to the North Sea Trawler sculpture and together they span a 15-year period of Hans' career, playing with history to present a contemporary story and demonstrating his joy for creating elegantly curious objects.
His Self Portrait offers a more personal reflection, demonstrating his exceptional drawing and printing skills and his connection to the shire with designs of the places Hans has called home.
Cr Daw thanked the selection panel, which consisted of Deputy Shire President, Cr Jason Russell, Dr Robyn Taylor, Mundaring Arts Centre Director Jenny Haynes, Curator Melissa McGrath and Mundaring Arts Centre Board member and City of Fremantle Art Collection Curator Andre Lipscombe.
He added: "The Shire of Mundaring Art Collection reflects a long and continuous commitment to the local arts community, and represents the specific cultural identity of the Perth Hills."
- Homo Eclectic runs from Saturday 8 February to Sunday 29 March at the Mundaring Arts Centre
- The Mundaring Arts Centre is located at 7190 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring and is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm
- Phone 9295 3991 or visit www.mundaringartscentre.com.au for more information.
Image: Hans Arkeveld Soul Searcher, 2019 Cement fondue. Supplied by Mundaring Arts Centre.