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Cottesloe for Coffee Exhibition

The Grove, Cottesloe/Peppermint Grove

4th to 16th November, 2019.
Mon-Fri 9-6 (Thu 8pm) Sat 9-4 & Sun 12-4

Cnr Leake St & Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove

Free Event

Works on Display

Works may be purchased online and paid for by direct bank transfer or credit card. 

A Day On The Water by Ken Rasmussen Oil Painting

A Day On The Water

$4,250

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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BL62

A friend commented that this painting was a riot. That is exactly what I was after. I wanted to capture all the elements that excite and delight us in this landscape. What a wonderful and adventurous place Rottnest is. The passing ships are so mysterious with their colourful stacked containers. There’s the magic of Cottesloe Beach, whales, lighthouses and the movement of the clouds. And the metropolis of Fremantle, busy with its port, trains and excitement, watched over by Dingo. These places awaken my childhood sense of wonder.

Around An Island #2 by Ken Rasmussen

Around An Island #2

$5,450

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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NV76

Here are the enchanting landmarks that take us back to childhood and wonderment. It is a summer day. You are still while the clouds and water move around you. The building in the top right is the old salt store. Ever since I was a child this has always struck me as a funny sort of building. The reason the houses are painted like this is that over my life each one is like a book or a place. They’re individual destinations. You look down into the water and it is filled with fishes and rhythms and patterns.

Big Bright River by Ken Rasmussen

Big Bright River

$2,090

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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FV39

This is about the strong light of mid-summer that makes Claremont pale and sleepy. There’s a lot of bright reflected light on the water. With the heat, there is a stillness. It’s a time to slow down and let the warmth relax you.

Busy Morning In Claremont by Ken Rasmussen

Busy Morning in Claremont

$1,920

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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LM34

There’s a little tunnel leading into the Claremont village. The roads draw you through the busy streets down to stillness of the Swan River. I enjoyed playing with the detail of the cars in this painting. That’s about all of us. Our jobs, our duties and our connections. Each of us feels the charm of belonging to peaceful places.

City Morning Colours by Ken Rasmussen

City Morning Colours

$3,250

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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KY58

This painting looks over the city of Perth towards the North in the early morning. I’m pleased with the varied colours that I used in the sky. I’m interested in the complexity and energy of living in this place with all its life and potential. The North is underestimated.

City On The River by Ken Rasmussen

City on the River

$14,400

Dimensions 1980 × 1525 mm
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NH55

The Swan River flows between the twin cities of Perth and South Perth, out into an expansive waterway. There are layers of detail in the cities – gold has a magical, enchanting quality, and there are rich blues and purples. There is a storybook quality to the city, to the places we see every day and have a great fondness for.

Cottesloe and Rottnest by Ken Rasmussen

Cottesloe and Rottnest

$5,350

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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HM63

Here are two places that so many of us go to escape our routine. And relax. To me, the ships are our problems that can loom large when they are up close. Time and perspective sees them retreat to dots on the horizon.

Cottesloe for Coffee by Ken Rasmussen

Cottesloe for Coffee

$5,400

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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FR82

This painting is about how people move away. Then they come back. Cottesloe Village is where they meet up again to reconnect with family and friends. It is a place of comfort.

Cottesloe Village by Ken Rasmussen

Cottesloe Village

$5,750

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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MN66

Here is our place. We might move away, and we might come back. But Cottesloe is where so many of us feel like we are home.

Drinks On The Terrace by Ken Rasmussen

Drinks On The Terrace

$3,450

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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LP82

This is a salute to the dear old Claremont Hotel. For a long time its been a place where people could come together. Even as the modern buildings bubble up around her this old lady holds her ground. She is the charm of old Claremont lending soul to the new.

Gold Days At The River by Ken Rasmussen

Gold Days at the River

$2,280

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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LQ91

This is Claremont as you are looking down Bayview Terrace. People who know this place will recognise the jetty and the distinctive cluster of highrise buildings closer to the river. You can see Freshwater Bay and the Peninsula. The play of afternoon light is melting the village and the Claremont Quarter into one single cluster of activity.

Great Big City by Ken Rasmussen

Great Big City

$3,400

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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PT61

I’m showing you a landscape that you know well. There’s Kings Park, the city, the landmarks of Applecross and the river and the bridge. I’ve used gold light as an affirmation. I want people you feel the value of where you live, and your experience of the world.

Lavender Bay Dawn by Ken Rasmussen

Lavender Bay Dawn

$2,250

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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TT58

An impression of Sydney over Lavender Bay, looking towards Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Lets Go To The River by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen 61x61cm

Let’s Go To The River

$2,340

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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FW12

This painting is a reflection on that time around four o’clock in the afternoon when the sea breeze stirs up the surface of the river. It’s hot and the roads draw you down to the jetty on the water. You can see the afternoon light catching on the rooftops here and there through the Claremont village.

Light Over Glass Mountains by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on Linen painting.

Light Over Glass Mountains

$5,600

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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KR10

Looking North across the city of Perth, glass mountains are cut by the Swan River. The dawn light emphasises the verticality of buildings. The city rises up dramatically from the darkness and leaps into the light.

Margaret River by Moonlight by Ken Rasmussen

Margaret River by Moonlight

$5,400

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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DS95

It’s wonderful to arrive in Margaret River after the drive down from Perth. You are crossing the river as the moon is rising. You can see the township through the trees. This is the moment when a holiday really begins.

Misty Morning Over Freshwater Bay by Ken Rasmussen

Misty Morning Freshwater Bay

$2,180

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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KH86

I’ve always loved the colour of blue porcelain. Every now and then I’m surprised to find it back on my palette. It’s the colour I remember from china plates. I can’t separate it from the memory of family food and childhood. This is an early morning scene when the colours are soft and people are still moving slowly.

Mosman Bay Glows At Sunset by Ken Rasmussen

Mosman Bay Glows At Sunset

$4,400

Dimensions 1200 × 900 mm
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TF99

There is a hypnotic quality in the water as you gaze down from the lookout over Mosman Bay. It is such a peaceful and relaxing place that calms the soul and puts life into perspective.

My Dream River by Ken Rasmussen

My Dream River

$2,400

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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HQ76

This is a painting about living in the city and dreaming of the river. The little boats in the Claremont Bay are each a story of someone who has decided to spend their time on the water. I’m blending the water and the streets. In my dream, our life and our leisure can flow together seamlessly.

Over The River

$4,400

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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TS83

Looking across Mosman Bay towards Claremont in the late afternoon light, the water takes on the reflected colours of the clouds in the sky. The sailboats, rooftops and trees are luminous.

Riding The Tide by Ken Rasmussen

Riding The Tide

$5,300

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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CW83

There’s yellow Rottnest with the sun shining down and reflecting across the water. At the bottom of the picture, you can see the reef. The Dingo Flour logo means a lot to me because it reminds me of flour, flour bags, cooking scones, domesticity and caring for people. I had a lot of fun painting those clouds in this work. I love how clouds change. As they come and go, your view of the world is altered. I enjoy how all this movement plays out over the water. I am reminded of how bad times cloud over and block the light. They move away and things feel lighter once again. In this painting, I became very interested in textures on the surface of the water. In this painting, the whales are under the surface of the water as an outline.

River Cities by Ken Rasmussen

River Cities

$14,800

Dimensions 1980 × 1525 mm
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JK14

South Perth is sitting there just across the water from all the towers of commerce and striving. People travel over to the city and then go home again. I’m wanting to show people a fresh perspective on where they live and work.  I’m hoping to bring that landscape alive. People may never have considered the relationship between the city and South Perth from this view. I hope they can feel some of the magic in all this life by the river.

River City Sky by Ken Rasmussen

River City Sky

$15,400

Dimensions 1980 × 1525 mm
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KZ84

I remember feeling so happy as I was painting this. I was trying to simplify things. You can see the sea breeze on the water. The painting also captures how we can live in this very dense urban environment alongside open waterways that are teeming with life. This brings an important balance between nature and our urban life in the city.

River Of Gold by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Canvas Painting

River of Gold

$4,950

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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RL83

This painting is all about the nightlife in Perth. You can see the city lights and headlights of cars as people move around the city. That’s why Northbridge is in the foreground because it has such vibrancy. I used to live just off to the right in West Perth and would walk to the city at night. It was a thrill for me because the movement and rhythm of car headlights would be illuminating the streets. To an artist like me, these waves of light are really something.

Sky In River by Ken Rasmussen

Sky In River

$2,300

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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FD70

This is a relatively small painting of Mosman Bay. It’s very warm and gentle. You can see the terracotta roof tiles and the warm colour of vegetation. This is still, in a sense, an impressionist painting. The glow of the sky is reflected in the river. Sailboats scoot over the water in the late afternoon light.

Soaring Magpies in Margaret River Forest by Ken Rasmussen

Soaring Magpies in Margaret River Forest

$5,400

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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YD57

Margaret River is such a beautiful little place tucked away in the forest. It’s one of my favourite places to paint because of the river, the trees, the birds and the water lilies. It casts a spell and time slows down for you.

Stars Come Out Over Cottesloe by Ken Rasmussen

Stars Come Out Over Cottesloe

$5,600

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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SB77

I really love Cottesloe. This painting is all about how it sparkles at night with the moon and the stars and the lights on the horizon. The light is still shining through, even in the darkest of times.

DL62 Sunday Over Freshwater Bay by Ken Rasmussen

Sunday Over Freshwater Bay

$3,280

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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DL62

I’m really pleased with this painting, in particular the way the composition has come together. There’s the entrance to Claremont through the underpass. You can see the Claremont Quarter and the railway line. The village and the river are seamlessly connected in the soft morning light. Just follow the road down to the water. What I’m offering here is a fresh perspective on the familiar. We know these places but now we see them brand new.

The Breeze Off The Bay by Ken Rasmussen

The Breeze off the Bay

$2,400

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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PZ98

The breeze coming in from the bay is so lovely in the summer. You can see the ripples moving across the surface of the water. There is the sunlight in slices. White sails are reflected. You can feel the cooling of a mid-summer day.

The River, Cottesloe Village & The Sea by Ken Rasmussen

The River, Cottesloe Village & The Sea

$4,980

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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RZ19

It is a sunny day and you are in Cottesloe Village. The village is at the centre of the painting because it sits at the heart of the community. It’s a gathering place between the blue of the river and the blue of the ocean on the other side.

The Twilight Sail by Ken Rasmussen

The Twilight Sail

$2,250

Dimensions 600 × 600 mm
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RJ39

It’s the end of the day and the streets are quietening down. Out on the river, there are boats scooting along. They are turning for home now after the twilight sail. The cares of the day are whisked away on the breeze.

Twilight Over Freshwater Bay by Ken Rasmussen

Twilight over Freshwater Bay

$2,100

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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KW74

This is about the last light over Claremont and Freshwater Bay. There are bright flashes as the setting sun hits the rooftops. The river turns to gold and there is time to slow down. For me, this time of the day is about homecoming and reconnecting with the family. It’s about letting go of the day and all its activity. A time for rest and replenishment.

Village By The Sea by Ken Rasmussen

Village By The Sea

$5,400

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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KQ30

Cottesloe is such a charming village. It sits beside a little forest of pine trees on the hill. There’s the beach in the distance. These are the ways we think about Cottesloe. And why we love it so much.

Village By The Shore by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen Painting

Village By The Shore

$2,400

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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VF21

Here is Fremantle. It reminds me so much of an Edwardian port village. It’s re-invented itself through the University and cafes. It’s been brought to life by the migrants who share their cafes, delis and generous hearts. There are so many surprises to open in this place. You can see the port, the lighthouses, the railway line, the park and the Ferris wheel. Add all to that, the cargo ships, the containers, Cottesloe and Dingo. Someone described this as Christmas in a landscape painting.

Village Streets Down To The Water by Ken Rasmussen

Village Streets Down To The Water

$2,400

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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RH71

The higher up you go, the more Claremont sits perched on the river’s edge. The streets all seem to call you down to the water. Each boat is a little dream of freedom and escape. “Run away!” – that’s the invitation. Come and fly on this breeze until you are ready to turn for home again.

We Move, We Travel by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen

We Move, We Travel

$2,900

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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KH80

In this painting, we’re above the river looking across Melville to the ocean. You can see Canning Bridge in the foreground and Cottesloe and Rottnest in the distance. The houses moving through the picture express the language of people’s lives. Always changing, travelling and moving places.