Elizabeth Quay Elevation

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An oil painting by Western Australin Artist Ben Sherar depicting an elevated view above Elizabeth Quay in the City of Perth

Recently finished artwork depicting a 150m elevation above Elizabeth Quay on the foreshore in the City of Perth. This one was initially quite a challenge as I rarely do pieces with this kind of angle and lighting, but once I got stuck in I really had a huge amount of fun. The payoff at the end doing those long shadows and getting them all lined up was worth all the setup!

I'll be looking at making limited edition prints of this piece available at some point soon, in the meantime this one needs to be framed up and sent off to the client!

"Elizabeth Quay Elevation"

Oil on Linen

40 x 80cm

High Street Gallery now Open!

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A photo of two artists standing out the front of their newly openend gallery in femantle Western AustraliaI'm very proud to announce that I've finally opened my own gallery! Alongside my partner Kiya Kalem we've found the perfect little space right in the heart of Fremantle's bustling shopping strip.

You can find High Street Gallery at 75a High Street, just off the main strip next door to the wonderful people at the Artisan Store.

With plenty of wall space, we've managed to fill the gallery with a wide range of our own artworks, open to commission work.

Also stocking great Jarrah Pieces from Jarrahcorp , Ceramic pieces from the talented Danica Wichtermann , there's plenty to look at.

Open 10:30 - 4:30 Wednesday's to Sunday's with free parking out the front along High Street

Yagan Square Digital Tower Display

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A display of a painting on the Digital Tower at Yagan Square in perth Western Australia

I’m thrilled to have my paintings on display on the Yagan Square Digital Tower in Perth City!
So to celebrate I am partnering with @theartisanstore Fremantle to do a special ? GIVEAWAY ? for two and a half weeks whilst you can find my works screening on the Yagan Square Digital Tower!!
In two weeks, on the 5th of June, we’re giving my painting ‘No More Miss Maud’s’ (second image in the gallery) as a prize
To enrol in our GIVEAWAY you need to:
1. Take a shot of Digital Tower with my artwork on it. (You may have to wait for a little while while it rotates through all the artwork and adverts!!)
2. Post the shot in your IG feed or stories or Facebook.
3. Tag @bensherar.art and @theartisanstore.
That’s it! @theartisanstore will send your entry number as soon as you meet all the conditions. ???
We’ll draw the winner on the 5th of June and you can pick the painting up from the The Artisan Store – 81a High street Fremantle, or we’ll help to organize the postage.
Please note, postage cost for the small prize painting isn’t included in the Giveaway, it’s a smallish artwork though so you won’t break the bank if you win ???
The paintings displayed on the tower are also now available on the Artisan Store Website
They’re all pretty big, so I’m offering to pay full shipping anywhere in Australia, and free delivery & hanging of these industrially varnished pieces on aluminium anywhere in the Perth metro area!
. (overseas shipping can be negotiated but these pieces are Big and Heavy!) ????

Exploring the palette knife

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Palette knives and oil paint on an artists paletteI've recently been exploring the use of the palette knife - something I've long thought I'm not comfortable using. In forcing myself to paint the majority of a piece with palette knife and only resorting to brushes very sparingly I've found the learning curve to not be that difficult, I'm quite enjoying the process!!

The speed of application and raw textural nature of working with these tools adds what I feel to be an immediacy to the work and I realised that I've instinctively been colour mixing on the palette with the knife anyway, then picking up those colours with a brush - hey why not take out the middle man and just do it all with the knife?!

New Painting Video – It’s been a while!

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I've just uploaded a cut-down video of the painting process of one of my little alla-prima still life paintings.

A little bit rusty with my video editing skills and still trying to navigate the new camera, but you get the gist!

This little guy is up for sale on Bluethumb at the time of posting, but these ones haven't lasted for long on there! Edit - Sold Already!!!

Using oil on aluminium panel, I really enjoy finishing these in one sitting - it's an excellent way to hone one's brush skills. The shadow box that I use to light the subject is very helpful to keep my eye focussed plus brings out those shadow shapes perfectly.

The other bonus of painting these and seeing them move so quickly is that I now have an excuse to buy more, uh "reference material", and as such can claim lego purchases on tax...

The joys of being a professional artist!!

New Year, New Gallery Wall Display!!

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Happy New Year, here we go 2020!!

I've kicked it off with taking a full wall at the popular 'David Giles Gallery' at 49B High Street Fremantle - Four fresh new works are up with a couple other recent pieces, with many more to follow as I start the year hard at work in the studio.

Hanging yesterday coincided with the opening night of David Giles' 48th Solo show, what a great night with so many kind words and interest about my new pieces.

Focussing on Rottnest Island for 3 of these 4 new ones, I've really enjoyed going back to my Local Landscape themes after working solidly on the Cloudscape Series. Adding a few flourishes of plein-air inspired texture and brushwork, these pieces have already gained a lot of attention so get on down to the gallery any day of the week 11-5 to check them out in the flesh before they're snapped up!

Sunny South Beach study – A quick little alla-prima painting

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Summer is almost here, time to get excited! But this morning was still below 10 degrees so I decided to paint a little study of my favourite beach here in Perth, Western Australia.

My finished piece “Sunny South Beach” is Oil on Aluminium, 21.5 x 30cm, framed in a hand finished custom reclaimed pine frame and is available now

Edit – This piece is sold

Contact me to enquire about a similar piece!


Plein air painting at Point Walter

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Point Walter Jetty original plein air oil painting on aluminium by Ben Sherar

Now that the weather has warmed up a little here in Perth, Kiya Kalem and I took the opportunity to get a spot of  Plein air painting in at popular Point Walter in Melville. We got stuck in just before the weather turned, back to winter for a few hours it seems!

A great location for picnics, swimming and fishing with a cafe and playground to boot! The local name for this place is Dyoondalup and it has a rich history as a gathering point for families to relax and enjoy lazy afternoons. A favourite is walking out on “The Spit” sandbar into the middle of the Swan River (with a secret deep water place to the west being a great spot for local Mulloway fishermen).

Ground to Sky – Exhibition on now!!

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My latest exhibition is a joint show with fellow oil painters Kiya Kalem and Peter Barker.

This joint exhibition takes us on an exploration of our vast Australian land from the ground, through the mist up to the wide open skies. We invite you to drop in to this iconic Fremantle hotel and take in the new bodies of work we have put together.

Open 11am to late Wednesday the 4th of September at The National Hotel Fremantle, this dynamic exhibition is on show until November 4th

Website rebuild

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Time for an upgrade!

I’m working hard rebuilding my website to better showcase my latest work, check back again soon to better browse through my Latest pieces, my Local Perth scenes and an archive of older work – Thanks for taking the time to check out my site, and thanks for your patience