A discerning eye for beauty

AN exhibition of Genevieve Daley’s paintings on display from June 15 at the Arts House Gallery captures the rich colours of the striking coastline of the South West of WA.

Moved by the destruction of the natural landscape in WA, Ms Daley paints to document and preserve the pristine sections of coastline now earmarked for serious development.

“I am very disturbed with the destruction soon to take place down the road at Dallyelup. I only wish I could paint something so dramatic and beautiful to make them change their minds,” Ms Daley said.

In the tradition of Arthur Streeton, many of the works are painted on old trays, flat pieces of driftwood or timber, in addition to canvas.

A precise study of colour underpins Ms Daley’s work and she embraces Arthur Streeton’s philosophy that colour is of primary importance in any composition.

Travelling through WA with her children, Ms Daley’s works record her journeys along the coastline and up into the north of WA.

“Visiting Shark Bay and observing the red, red coastline was an experience. An alien landscape full of human rubbish,” she said.

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