Several years of work culminate for Ben Juniper this week with his first solo exhibition in London.
Juniper has shipped 31 sculptures and seven paintings to London for the one-night show at Australia House in The Strand tomorrow.
"It is a truly magnificent room," Juniper says. "Some would recognise it as the set for Gringotts Bank from the first Harry Potter movie; all black and white marble with granite columns."
The Juniper name will be familiar to WA art-lovers. Ben's father is Robert, the internationally recognised landscape artist whose paintings are famous for evoking the natural beauty of his home State.
Techniques and ideas normally found in costume jewellery and blacksmithing, fields in which he trained, are recognisable in the work of Juniper the younger, 51, who also played guitar for seminal Perth band The Scientists.
He sold his first commercial work at the age of 12 and worked as a commission-based artist for many years before the first of his annual solo shows in 2006. An exhibitor at Sculpture by the Sea, he also is represented in numerous private collections including those of The Earl of Warwick and Ben Elton.
"I've been trying to organise an exhibition in London for the last five years or so," Juniper says.
"The gallery scene there is tight to say the least and, 'We're not looking (for new artists) at the moment' was the most common response to inquiries.
"A friend suggested I try Australia House so I marched down there and literally knocked on the security window. I was told as a Western Australian I should go around the corner and ask if I could speak with our Agent-General who at the time was the delightful Kerry Sanderson.
"As it turns out, I was very lucky. I left my card there and Kerry had a look at my website and liked the work so she emailed me and offered to help. I have since been told this was highly unusual and of course feel a great deal of gratitude toward Kerry, her successor Kevin Skipworth and their PA Sally Jansen for their tireless support."