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 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!

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


Small still life studies up on eBay

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I've got a number of small still lifes up on eBay for auction, get in quick to scoop one up, Click the image to go to my eBay!

All of these little ones were done from life using the shadow box I made - alla prima still life is a great way to learn brush techniques and colour picking!

Studio Moving

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A wooden artists easel inside an art studio

With the ending of my latest lease my residency in the Fremantle Town Hall is at an end, a big thankyou to City of Fremantle for granting use of the heritage listed building as an art studio, and a big thankyou to all the wonderful people I met throughout my time in such a great location - so many fun times, interesting conversations and friends made - and so much late night painting!!

I'll still be in town regularly - time to hit the streets with my pochade box, on to bigger and better things!

New studio setup

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A typically messy artists studioI've finally moved the home studio into the loungeroom - no more painting in the cold! more space!
and a couch to sit back and analyse the latest mistakes !!

I still need to build a big wall easel and a better taboret, but it's a good start - really making it easier to finish the paintings for the show...

Quick small Onion paintings

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Here's a couple small still life pieces I did on brown onions and garlic last week, put em up on ebay & sold already, maybe I should do more...

'Onion and garlic'
Oil on Tasmanian oak panel

'Brown onion and garlic'
Oil on Tasmanian oak panel

Pretty creative titles hey! The timber surface (after being primed) was interesting to paint on - smooth surface allowed the brush to slide but the slightly apparent random grain texture also grabbed the paint.

A still life painting of an onion and a garlic
A painting of an onion and a garlic