Some fun times playing around together in the giant sandpit of Cottesloe's Sculpture by the Sea has led Fremantle artists Tim Macfarlane Reid and Alessandra Rossi to go one further with their first joint exhibition.
Macfarlane Reid's sculptures at Gallows Gallery range from small, indoor bronze, steel and marble pieces to bigger outdoor works in corten steel. Rossi will be showing a series of prints and large oil paintings, some of which include copper elements.
The son of artist parents (his father is sculptor Robin Reid), Macfarlane Reid worked as a chef for 10 years before studying art at the National Art School in Sydney. He was taught by renowned Australian sculptor Ron Robertson-Swann, who himself had trained with Anthony Caro in London.
Over the past 18 years as a full-time sculptor, he has had a series of solo exhibitions and been a regular in Sculpture by the Sea here and in Bondi. He is currently working on three major public art projects in Karratha.
The Italian-born Rossi spent her formative years in the dynamic artistic community of Venice but has lived in WA since 1998, when she was invited to create work for the Festival of Perth. The winner of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Scholarship, her work ranges from large scale oil paintings to site-specific sculpture installations.
Rossi says her vibrant palette and copper inclusions create complex dialogues, asking questions about time and place, and how we connect to one another.
Macfarlane Reid says the pair was inspired to have an exhibition together to explore their common interest in the "inner presence" or the unseen element in an artwork.
Macfarlane Reid's latest work evokes natural forms but features pathways etched across the surface, suggestive of indigenous or Middle-Eastern motifs.
He has enjoyed the return to making smaller works in the studio after a period of making larger public artworks. "It is so much more interesting to experiment and not expect too much by playing around in the studio," he says.
It is also a relief to put to one side the pile of administrative paperwork that comes with public art commissions. "I guess a lot of people are used to it but for me, I'm trying to get my head around it.New Works by Tim Macfarlane Reid and Alessandra Rossi opens at Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, tomorrow at 6.30pm and runs until November 4.