Points of View: Skye & the Hielands by Digby de Bruin & Clayton Ward
24 June – 16 July weekdays 10-4.445 and sat 12-4pm
A local photographer and a painter respond to a land that is distinctive and inspiring after time spent in Skye and the Hielands of Scotland.
Digby de Bruin’s body of work is the result of being immersed in the landscape of Skye, for two winter months, in a hundred year old cottage, high on a hillside overlooking the land and sea. The weather, dramatic and threatening, constantly changed the landscape. Storm-fronts swept across the Minch and cataracts sheeted off the sides of cliffs into the loch. The Glen – white with snow, tranquil and ethereal. In the distance, stood the Cuillins, jagged and majestic.
While de Bruin’s work is grounded in the figurative tradition of landscape painting, it shifts from an engagement with the real world, to a visual distillation – an abstraction of his experiences in the landscape of Skye.
Photographer Clayton Ward joined De Bruin in Skye. He captures grand vistas and minute details, drama, complexity and stark simplicity in his images.
de Bruin was Head of the Art School at Central TAFE from 2008 to 2015 when he left to re-focus on his art practice, while Ward has pursued his love of photography while running an engineering business.
In this exhibition, they come together to celebrate their passion for landscape and place, from distinctive points of view.
Animate Objects by Emily ten Raa
June 23 – July 3, Wed- Sun 2 – 7 pm
WA native wildlife is rarely sighted, as many animals are nocturnal, small and hidden from view. Emily ten Raa’s 3-panelled miniature icons in salvaged local woods depict our native animals in the tradition of Ethiopian religious icons.