Peel artists show their works at Open Studio Collective

FIVE emerging Peel artists will display their works at the inaugural Open Studio Collective throughout January.

The artists Helen Coleman, Kez Wickham St George, Trev Blyth, Hilly Coufreur and Trudi Whitcher will showcase a range of mediums at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) including painting, mixed media, acrylics and photography.

Visitors will have the opportunity to join the artists working in their studios and view their latest works, discuss and engage with their individual processes and purchase original artworks.

Mandurah artist Helen Coleman works primarily in encaustic (a wax based paint) and mixed media.

She said her process involved embedding digital imagery, objects and other collage elements into molten beeswax.

“Layers of imagery are built up to tell a story, while the wax adds depth and translucency to the artwork,” she said.

Kez Wickham St George is a Rockingham artist with a varied practice spanning 20 years.

After exploring all medias and genres, she settled on abstract, using colours and symbols to display her passion.

Trev Blyth is a Mandurah-based artist who recently started a 12-month artist residency at the CASM studios.

A self-taught artist, Trev has a passion for drawing and painting which came from his childhood and is influenced by nature.

He has a keen interest in medieval history and symbolism, observation of nature and the exploration of humanity's pure connection with the elements.

Hilly Coufreur has also started a 12-month artist residency at CASM, working mainly with acrylics.

With a distinctive style of abstract art, Hilly loves using bright, bold colours on large canvases.

She is inspired and influenced by the WA landscape and the colours, lines and patterns of flora, fauna and architecture.

Trudi Whitcher returns to CASM to join the collective after being the Artist in Residence in 2013.

Well known for her stunning pastel art works and her experimental paintings and mixed media collages, Trudi has a strong connection to the local Mandurah environment.

The Open Studio Collective will open on January 6.

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