Metropolis

Stories from the beautiful metropolis of Perth.

YQ30 Soaring Together, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Soaring Together

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
YQ30

We aspire as individuals but we achieve and celebrate together. This is my salute to the collective good.

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NIghtfall Over the South West, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Nightfall Over The South West

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1830 mm
XK49

In this painting of the south western corner of Australia, I want to express feelings of joy and celebration of this place and its generous spaces. I delight in its colours and the freedom of living here.

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

Lighting Up Our Hopes and Dreams

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1200 × 1200 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.

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Living With Our Whole Hearts, oil painting 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 900 × 1800 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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The Sun Temple, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

The Sun Temple

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1800 mm
YC41

This is an homage to the iconic Indiana Tea House, a famous Cottesloe Beach building that serves as a monument to our love of the sun. Here is where we give thanks for the freedom and safety of this place.

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Selected Sold Works

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

Peace and Prosperity, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Peace and Prosperity

$5,600.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
SB94

This Beautiful Stage, a painting by Ken Rasmussen

This Beautiful Stage

$4,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Weight 20 kg
Dimensions 900 × 1200 mm
YZ32

We’ve come to see ourselves on this beautiful stage. Our hearts are filled with pride as we realise the blessings of this place.

From Hale We Soar, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

From Hale We Soar

$5,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
WQ23

Hale is set against the backdrop of Perth and its dual personality of ocean and river. The painting takes in Perth’s north, from City Beach and its surrounding suburbs, across the lakes to Perth. The CBD is the heart of business, the university shows our love of education, and the port shows our industry and connection to the world. Birds in flight represent the freedom of purpose that comes from the tremendous foundation of a great education, you can see them taking take off into the world and becoming a part of the great metropolis of arts, business and industry.

The Energy Around You, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

The Energy Around You

$6,750.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1800 × 900 mm
SJ57

There’s an uplifting energy in this place of ours. The birds are soaring. The Dingo flour dog is forward-looking. There’s even an upward thrust of the buildings in the city. The whales moving through to the top of the painting. I’m telling a story about optimism, spirit and potential of this place. We live with this wonderful energy around us.

The Spark of a Winter's Morning, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

The Spark of a Winter’s Morning

$6,600.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 900 × 1800 mm
DN21

This is about that wonderful time early in the day in winter, when all the colours are full-bodied and rich. The air is crisp and clear, and the sky is still generous and bright. There’s a gentle sun. It’s warming and reassuring.