Soaring Magpies in Margaret River Forest by Ken Rasmussen

The kids were still quite small when my wife won the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship. We packed up the whole family and relocated to the UK. The children desperately wanted a pet, but these thoughts were put on hold by our travel. They had to make do with a grumpy old cat…

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Detail from Village By The Shore by Ken Rasmussen

As a 15 year-old, I wondered what my life would be like in the year 2000. I concluded that as I’d be a lot older there wouldn’t be too much excitement. How surprised that young man would be if he could see me now, in 2019. Things are so much better than I thought they…

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Party Island with Balloons, Cake and Presents by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen

Perth College has purchased a major painting, Party Island and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It was selected from works I exhibited at the school’s annual art show. The show was brilliantly curated. Frankly, I was impressed by everything to do with it. The art, the food and all the friendly well-dressed people. What struck…

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I didn’t even recognise it at first. I was just intrigued by the fact that the mechanism tilted forward rather than back. I knew that was the sign of an antique. This big old wooden cranking easel had been originally advertised on Gumtree for $250 and then finally $150. It was completely original, every single…

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Isn’t it delicious to do something you’re not usually allowed to do? Isn’t it just as wonderful to spend time with people you really admire? Most of the time I’m in my studio and it is the same for many artists I admire. Now and then our paths cross and that’s a real thrill for…

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East Fremantle Sparkles by Ken Rasmussen

This painting – East Fremantle Sparkles – is a special effort on my part. The idea for the work came to me when East Fremantle Council asked about contributing a work for their George Street Festival. It has been launched out into the world as ‘East Fremantle Sparkles’. But I also considered calling it “Growing…

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Sydney Harbour by Ken Rasmussen - Oil Painting on Canvas

As a young man, I used to get angry about modern art. I think that was because I didn’t really understand it. I’d wonder, what does minimalist and monochromatic painting mean? Where does it come from and who wants it? There seemed so little in it and so little that one can say about its…

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Gold City Rising by Ken Rasmussen Detail 2

I wonder what you are struggling with right now? I wonder what you are telling yourself about your own abilities? One day I was complaining to my son Tom about my total incapacity to do renovations. I had to arrange fencing quotes and landscaping. This is stuff I have no interest in and have never…

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Big Gold Mosman by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on Canvas

There is a tiny child in my garden. For her, it’s a wonderland. Falling leaves, bees and snails. So many sources of delight. She has this fantastic capacity to be happy. My friend Glenn and I entertain her while her parents choose a painting in the studio. She talks to us with her stumbling new…

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Brilliant Blue Mosman By Ken Rasmussen Oil on Canvas

A single piece of information can be transformative. It might be words that inspire. It might be an affirmation. It might be some practical solution to a problem. Looking back over my life, I recognise there has been a person who has consistently spoken transformative words. He was a young art teacher called Rob Malcolm.…

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