Artist’s Date at the Art Gallery of WA

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The other day I wandered into the Art Gallery of WA to have a gander at the latest exhibitions on display. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the art gallery and it was lovely to be back! It was, in a way, a fun way to spend the afternoon, an artist’s date.

What is an artist’s date, you may ask? Well, it’s a concept conceived of by author Julia Cameron, solo expeditions that fuels one’s imagination and one’s creativeness. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something arty – just something fun and playful that one enjoys doing. Here is a list of suggestions for artist’s dates.

Admittedly, a visit to the art gallery is pretty, well, artsy. But, hey, why not? And there was and exhibition of contemporary comics on that I wanted to see.

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Right away, the first works I came upon in the exhibition was of cartoonist Anders Nilsen. Right away, I was struck by the series of panels taken from his book, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow. They struck at my heart right away, because they detail scenes from a personal experience of his that spookily mirrors my own. And it was proof, once again, of how art can reach across the world to unite shared experiences.

Anders Nilson, comic tragics, death, loss, life, mourning, grief, Cheryl, artist, cartoonist, don't go where I can't follow

Anders Nilson, comic tragics, death, loss, life, mourning, grief, Cheryl, artist, cartoonist, don't go where I can't follow

Comic Tragics is aptly named because many of the works on display were, rather than the usual superhero or manga comics, instead explorations of the artists’ lives and experiences, an enmeshing of words and pictures, the loneliness of life in modern societies, of family and friends, philosophy and sex, uncertainty and hope.

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But there was also Stephen CollinsThe Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, a series of panels that were, rather than evil, rather sweet and whimsical.

gigantic beard, Stephen Collins, cartoonist, Art Gallery of WA, AGWA, Comic Tragics

I also popped into a couple of the other exhibitions to have a quick squeeze at the pictures. I didn’t have enough time to check them all out, but did snap a few pics of those which caught my eye.

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I’ve always loved hydrangeas! And Wadatji by WA Aboriginal artist Christopher Pease is a wonderfully spooky depiction of the Australian woods that makes me think of the haunted faerie wood Jonathan Strange walked off into in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. 

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I had a grand lovely time wandering through the art gallery on my artist’s date and have a feeling more such dates will be happening in the future! I highly recommend them to everyone.

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