artwalk freo michael knight

Studio 1: 12 Holland Street
Michael Knight

Michael Knight has worked as an artist for over 20 years and is known for his vibrant palette and expressionistic response to what he sees and feels. Trained at UWA and the Julian Ashton Art School Michael's work continues to use drawing as a fundamental tool in his creative practice. His work includes portraits, landscapes, abstracts and sculptures.

Michael built the studio in 2004 to create a calming and inspiring environment in which to work, including gallery walls to exhibit work. In 2006 he moved to Melbourne, returning in 2014 to begin using the studio once more. The house is less chaotic and more aligned with Lara's rustic style but operates as a showcase for their combined vision.

Michael and Lara enjoy opening the house and studio to the public and making contact with the outside world in a way that is perhaps more intimate and revealing than a traditional gallery space.They also appreciate the valuable connections made with the other exhibiting studios.

Photograph by the Artist's Chronicle

guests include

anna mulders
Anna Mulders

Annemieke Mulders’ ceramics combine organic shapes with mottled surfaces created from multiple glazes that give random and flow like effects and create tactile surfaces that look painterly.

She makes symmetric shapes in clay and distorts them in a controlled manner, and uses those to make bowls and cups. She finds the shapes that emerge fascinating as they combine the artificial symmetric form with the plastic distortion of the clay. Afterwards she may carve the surface, add on pieces of clay or combine items together.

She develops glazes that remain vibrant after the high firing temperature necessary for durable functional ware, using a palette that is inspired by the coastal bushland and beaches of the Western Australian landscape.

harvey mullen
Harvey Mullen

Current artist-in-residence at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Harvey Mullen is a painter and printmaker whose work revolves around the exploration of place and natural phenomena. Informed by his experiences as a surfer and mountaineer in remote and wild locations, the work articulates a sensitivity and deep connection to the environment. He has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in Scotland and Australia with his work being held in public and private collections in Switzerland, the U.K. and Australia. He lives and works in South Fremantle.

artwalk freo trevor richards

Studio 2: 275 High Street
trevor richards

Trevor Richards has been exhibiting professionally for nearly 40 years and was included in the prestigious WA Focus series held at The Art Gallery of WA in 2016. He is also highly sought after for his public artworks which include work at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, Turner Galleries facade, Roadworks at Curtin University, and the Mindarie Senior College Sports Hall. Richards' paintings and sculptures can be found in many important collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of WA, Artbank, University of WA, Murdoch University, Bankwest, Australian Capital Equity, Edith Cowan University and Royal Perth Hospital.

Photograph by Brad Rimmer

guests include

theo koning
Theo Koning

Theo Koning has been exhibiting in Perth since the early 1970's and has been included in many significant exhibitions featuring the work of outstanding Western Australian artists. His works can be found in many important collections including the National Australian Gallery, Art Gallery of SA, Art Gallery of WA, Artbank, BankWest, Parliament House Canberra, University of WA, Murdoch University, Curtin University and many more.

frank morris
Frank Morris

Frank Morris was born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1956 and has lived in Western Australia since a teenager. He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at Curtin University of Technology and studied Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. His work is represented in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, nationally in the ArtBank collection Sydney and in many private and corporate collections.

artwalk freo penny bovell

Studio 3: 26A chalmers Street
penny bovell

Penny Bovell is a full time artist based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Penny's artwork is held by major public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House (Canberra), the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Bank and is represented in a number of corporate and private collections. Her practice is versatile involving 2D studio work, curatorial and writing projects and site specific art commissions. Her work explores ideas about air, sky and space. As immaterial, often abstract and invisible these phenomena stand as the antithesis to the solidity of earth. Bodies of work have dealt with clouds, air, the weather and climate change and I am currently exploring notions of deep space and cosmology; in other words attempting to find expression for how human’s understand the universe and being in the world.

Photographs by Eva Fernandez

guests include

george howlett
George Howlett

George Howlett is a recent graduate and emerging artist who works with neon and paint. He has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions and he is represented in public and private collections.


tom freeman
Tom Freeman

Tom Freeman was born in Margaret River, WA in 1985, and now lives and works in Fremantle. His diverse and investigative art practice skirts abstract patterning and semi figurative forms through drawing, painting and sculpture. Freeman completed a BA (Fine Art) from Curtin University in 2007, and has since exhibited locally and nationally through a range of solo shows, curated exhibitions and national awards.

artwalk freo ian de souza

Studio 4: 14b Blinco Street
Ian de Souza

Ian de Souza is a full time practicing artist and educator with an exhibition history spanning over 33 years, his most recent being in June 2016 at Linton & Kay Galleries and the City of Perth / Perth Public Art Foundation Cowparade Perth 2016. His approach to his practice is highly disciplined and includes weekly figure drawing sessions and teaching commitments.

The sustained force of Ian de Souza’s artistic exploration is the fluid connection between light, line, colour and movement, visual elements that are present in his living studio space. Represented in private and public collections worldwide, including Cathay Corporation Singapore, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dept Culture and the Arts WA, the City of Fremantle, Town of East Fremantle, Voyager Estate, Evans and Tate, Pilbara Iron. Fremantle Ports.

Photograph by Ros de Souza

guests include

jesse from rocket boy designs
Jesse from Rocket Boy Designs

Artwalk’s youngest guest artist this year is Ian de Souza's five-year-old grandson Jesse, who screen prints his own Rocket Boy Designs drawings on T-shirts using non-toxic materials. Jesse will tell you... "I'm a business man and I’m five!".

artwalk freo annette seeman + john teschendorff

Studio 5: 31 Bellevue Terrace
annette seeman & john teschendorff

Annette Seeman & John Teschendorff with son Marcel moved into Bellevue Terrace in 2001. The house is part colonial, with two original rooms built in 1865 & a large pre-federation style extension added to the then front of the house circa 1890. It was further developed in the 1970s before we finally refurbished & rebuilt during 2002/2003. The large studio & workshop space was constructed at that time.

Annette Seeman is currently working in drawing, print and photographic processes. Recent works reimagine local and distant elements of landscapes.

John Teschendorff has a continuing engagement with the History of Ideas Project (1999-2017)... he uses drawing as a beginning for works on paper & canvas.

Photographs by Bo Wong

guests include

stephen spurrier
Stephen Spurrier

Now resident in Queensland, this internationally recognised artist has collaborated for many years with John & Annette making artist books & print images... his work is represented in numerous public collections including MOMA (New York) & Tate Modern (London).

artwalk freo jo darbyshire

Studio 6: 26 Wood Street
jo darbyshire

Jo Darbyshire is a local painter, whose work often explores the WA coast: underwater worlds, local islands, ships in the Port and the traces of colonial life she observes in the material fabric of Fremantle. Jo has completed public art projects for the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the new Supreme Court Civil in Perth and her work is found in many public and private collections.

artwalk freo eveline kotai

Studio 7: 48 Watkins street
eveline kotai

Living with Giles Hohnen, an artist and building designer, our home has become an extension of our artistic expression in the way things are collected, used and placed - creating a place of relative calm and order. The studio on the other hand is a place of physical work and mess. I’m surrounded by ideas, experiments and half finished trials - all of which have parallels in various media and most of which need to be visible as they provide the stimulus for detours, tangents and the development of new techniques. I have recently moved my studio home (after a 5 year replacement) so the mess and chaotic inspiration is on hand and will be open for Artwalk Freo.

Under the same roof as my studio (an ex-deli) is EHDO (Earth House Design Office), an architectural practice that promotes the idea of art in the workplace by providing an after hours venue for emerging and established artists. EDHO are proud sponsors of Artwalk Freo 2017, and will showcase the work of Ruth Vickers and Annabel Dixon.

Photographs by Florian Schaeffer and Eveline Kotai

guests include

ruth vickers
Ruth Vickers

Ruth Vickers trained at Goldsmith's College of Art in London, majoring in printmaking and ceramics. In the mid-sixties she rounded off her art qualifications with extra diplomas in textiles and teaching - and then taught printmaking, ceramics and textiles in colleges in the UK and Australia.

Throughout this time Ruth maintained her practice and exhibited regularly. Her current work is centred around an experimental approach to the combination of thread and paint.

annabel dixon
Annabel Dixon

Annabel Dixon completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with 1st Class Honours at Curtin University in 2003, and has regularly been invited to exhibit in curated exhibitions since her impressive first solo show at Mori Gallery in Sydney.

Naturally drawn to grids and systems, Annabel has recently used by-products salvaged from the commercial printing industry as a starting point - creating beautiful and meticulously woven textured abstracts from sliced test strips.


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