Art Gallery of WA – State Art Collection

Sometimes life holds some joyous surprises. I wandered into Perth on the weekend and ended up visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Since I can never work out who holds what copyright, I’ll share an old photo of the gardens outside it, rather than the artworks inside — which is a shame because the art is good.

Anyway, once inside the gallery, I pursued my usual strategy of not knowing what I wanted to see, but just looking. That brought me to the Your Collection 1800-Today exhibition and in particular to its Your Collection 1800-1920: Here and There section which was housed in the older section of the gallery, a location that worked perfectly.

Having a memory like a sieve, I can’t tell you the names of the artists or their creations, but I saw wonderful old glass, paintings of life a hundred years ago and fabulous watercolours and sketches of Fremantle and Albany. The latter was fun to try and match current day landscapes to those of more than a century ago. I do remember that a painting by Arthur Boyd finally showed me why he’s so famous. Though I wish I could remember its name! The mountains in the background heaved with life.

The exhibition was a lovely experience outside of time. Quiet, reflective and yet humming with the energy of much-loved art. It reminded why I like the Art Gallery of WA: It always offers a visitor a welcome and a gift.

  • Eleni Konstantine

    I love going to art galleries. Though it's been ages since I last visited the SA one. I'll have to put that on my list of things to do when the kids go back to school next year. :)

    • Jenny

      LOL I understand that thinking … though even worse would be encountering a school group at the gallery on excursion. Aaargh … so much sympathy for their struggling teachers.

  • D D Line

    Sounds wonderful Jenny. I imagine you found lots of inspiration while you were there. :)

    • Jenny

      Absolutely! and lots of wistful "wish I could paint" feelings :)

  • Laura Morrigan

    I love visiting art galleries. They are so full of wonderful discoveries! I must make time to get up to the city again and see some!

    • Jenny

      Do! even after battling the evil train (not so evil, but the guy next to me was demonstrating some sort of sit down dance – don't ask!) the exhibition was wonderful … and then I went to David Jones and bought choc chip cookies :) Thoroughly recommend