Metropolis Perth

Stories from the beautiful metropolis of Perth.

Kingdoms Of The West, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Kingdoms Of The West

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
PP82

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the beauty and abundance around us. If ever there was a single place on earth where the best of life is on offer, it’s here.

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Living With Our Whole Hearts by Ken Rasmussen

Living With Our Whole Hearts

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1830 mm
WV21

People might sometimes feel disappointed. Or that they sometimes have to compromise too much to get on, to be in business. They might feel a sense of limitation and sacrifice. Yet here we are in this wonderful place. I want to expand people’s view of Perth and invite them to fall in love again with where they live. This is a large painting that shows the vast metropolis of Perth, looking from the north over the forest and lakes and playing fields of our green northern suburbs. The Perth CBD is flanked by the Swan River, which joins with the Canning River to make its gentle way to the Indian Ocean. Looking down the coast, you can see from City Beach to Cottesloe and Fremantle, and down to Garden Island and beyond, right down to the beautiful jetty at Busselton and the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste.

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We Feast, We Forage, We Fly, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

We Feast, We Forage, We Fly

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1830 mm
SP13

I love the red-tail cockatoos, the magpies, the twenty eights and the seagulls. They make sense of our crazy world and live beside us so generously. I think of them as a blessing, that they habitually turn up in my yard every year. I really like them.

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Longing For Play, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Longing For Play

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1830 mm
CK16

This painting is about how we’re part of a bigger world with the complexity of bridges, houses and busy places. There is this longing in all of us to find the playful space. There’s the shallows, the Ferris wheel, rainbow colours and the beach. This is about the childhood spirit, that resides in all of us.

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Selected Sold Works

Coffee on Rocky Road, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Coffee on Rocky Road

$6,400.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
LT60

I love the sound of Rokeby Road in Subiaco because it sounds like Rocky Road. The thing I love about streets like this is that they tend to attract really talented bakers, cake makers and baristas. There are bookshops and a more relaxed pace. Boucla has always been my favourite cafe.

The Glowing Heart of the City by Ken Rasmussen

The Glowing Heart of the City

$6,400.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
WQ99

Nearing twilight, over the water you can feel the glow of the city’s heart.

Major Arterials, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Major Arterials

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
NN33

Life flows through the heart of the city from the north to south. Roads, railways, waterways and wildlife. A vibrant celebration. A treasured pattern of connection to each other.

City Of The Sun by Ken Rasmussen

City Of The Sun

$5,200.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
WZ19

We have so many days of sunshine here in Perth. The light lifts our spirits like the birds take to the sky.

The Light Guides Us Home by Ken Rasmussen

The Light That Guides Us Home

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
PP79

The Rottnest Island lighthouse is casting its spell of safety over our people. It’s guiding them on their journey home.

We Rise Up and We Fly, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

We Rise Up and We Fly

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
JR43

I’m gazing out at all those uplifting elements. Our city, it’s bridges, the soaring birds and pine trees of Cottesloe Beach.

Lighting Up Our Hopes and Dreams, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Lighting Up Our Hopes and Dreams

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
NR79

This landscape painting shows the city of Perth. You can see the beach stretching up from Fremantle through Cottesloe and beyond City Beach, Rottnest and the Swan River up to Freshwater Bay. The forests, lakes, houses, schools and playing fields of the city’s north west span the horizon. The city is dynamic, with people and families flowing in and out all of the time, symbolised by houses gently floating in and out of view. This painting is about being part of an aspirational community where a culture of learning is celebrated, lighting up our hopes and dreams for the future.

BD10 Stars of Our Summer, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Stars Of Our Summer

$6,400.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
BD10

Life seems to sparkle when we go somewhere new. The stars are brighter. The colours are dazzling and fresh. Here I’m celebrating the journeys and places on the West Coast that give us that sense of joy, from Perth down to the South West.

Sandcastle

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
NH24

Soft Butter Light, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Soft Butter Light

$6,750.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1830 mm
BG67

This is Rottnest, Cottesloe, Perth city and the waterways. I painted them with a very gentle, buttery, soft sunlight. It caresses like a soothing, sort of balm. There’s a restfulness, the ships in port, fully loaded, sitting heavy in the water. I’m reflecting on the calmness and tranquillity here.

Peace and Prosperity, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Peace and Prosperity

$5,600.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
SB94