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Perth Paintings

Perth - Kingdom of the Brave.

Risks are taken, plans are made, achievements are celebrated.

Perth is strength, determination and spirit.

Soaring office towers reach for the sky, push themselves harder, reach further.

These beautiful, original oil paintings of Perth by Ken Rasmussen capture the drama.

The art and thrill of the big play.

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.

How Colour Finds Us by Ken Rasmussen 120cm x 120cm Oil on Linen Painting

How Colour Finds Us

$5,400

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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DX34

The streets and suburbs to the north of Perth are part of my travels. I find myself featuring Ikea because we all strive for an organised life – it has raised my organisational standards to an impressive degree, particularly as a parent. I get my moulding and art supplies from over this way, these are important places on my personal map of the world.

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 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.

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.

Rising From The River by Ken Rasmussen

Rising From The River

$7,280

Dimensions 1525 × 1220 mm
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PY14

This is the very first light of morning coming across Perth and South Perth. The buildings are dark and still as if sleeping. Pale colours appear on the water and the skyline. This is about the transition between darkness and emerging light. The hope of a new day.

Up From The River by Ken Rasmussen Oil Painting on Canvas

Up From The River

$7,000

Dimensions 1525 × 1220 mm
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GV15

This is South Perth on the left and the city to the right. Both places are bathed in the very warm dawn light. The river is a warm shadowy blue down the bottom and a cool pale blue at the top. You can see into the tea tree tint in the water. As the fer…

Big Radiant City by Ken Rasmussen

Big Radiant City

$7,000

Dimensions 1520 × 1220 mm
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KD92

This painting is about a place that gives us stability and a solidness to the principles of law and the rules of life. You can see that in the layering. There are layers of things that make up civilisation and make things on which we can depend. There’s tremendous investment in education and processes. I’m paying homage to the layers of time and work that go into making historical progression.

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.

VP69 River City Breeze by Ken Rasmussen

River City Breeze

$5,580

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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VP69

This painting shows Perth and South Perth at about one or two o’clock, mid-afternoon. I’m looking down over the city from Kings Park. It’s a lovely view full of success stories, peoples homes and the river. This view always fills me with hope for the future. You get the sense of order and prosperity from all that has been built up over time.

Up to The Sky. Oil on Linen Painting by Ken Rasmussen

Up To The Sky

$5,000

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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FJ44

We’re looking at South Perth and the city centre. There is the freeway bridge and the view down both the Swan and Canning Rivers. There’s a warm village feel to the city.

City Rise To Power by Ken Rasmussen

City Rise To Power

$5,000

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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NZ50

I love the grandeur of city architecture. Enormous statements of power that tell so many stories. I think of all the hands that made these structures. I think of all the people who work there. So many people, so many families, all connected to the shape of this city.

Big City Afternoon by Ken Rasmussen

Big City Afternoon

$5,000

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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DQ13

This is a painting about the magic of the city. I’ve used a big circle of light to frame the monuments of the soaring skyline. These are the buildings of our imagination – how we imagine the city to be rather than how it actually is. This is about the spirit of the place with its strength and reaching up towards the sky.

Treasure by Ken Rasmussen

Treasure

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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QM58

The city is where our society is protected and given form and shape. You can see the old Treasury Building, the Cathedral and the Perth City Council. Many of these places make the world kinder. There will always be corrupting elements, yet still, there are also good lawmakers and people who can write effective legislation. There will always be competent people who devote their lives to making society stronger.

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.

Cities On The Shore by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on Linen painting

Cities On The Shore

$4,280

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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CR78

We are standing in the dawn light. There’s South Perth on the left and the city on your right. There are Harrison Island and the Narrows and Causeway Bridge. The city buildings are rising up into the sky.

Kingdom of the Brave by Ken Rasmussen

Kingdom of the Brave

$4,500

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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QS97

These are monuments to courage and striving. A landscape of risk and benefit. So many days of effort and uncertainty. I see tremendous bravery in the building of this place. I feel the optimism of people and their future.

Black River Bright City by Ken Rasmussen - 900 x 1200 mm Oil on Canvas

Black River Bright City

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 900 mm
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RZ45

I used to live in West Perth, and I had a view of the city. I remember even when the lights go out, the buildings still glow in the moonlight. I’ve seen the city at 3.00am with a full moon casting a beautiful light.

Two Cities by Ken Rasmussen

Two Cities

$4,600

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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CP85

It is midday and the sun is shining. In the river, you can see Heirisson Island. This view shows the cities of Perth CBD and South Perth as they sit alongside each other. The light sparkles up from the river in different colours. The patches of pink in the water are the natural leaf stain you might notice sometimes in the shallows of the Swan River.

Village River by Ken Rasmussen

Village River

$3,000

Dimensions 1010 × 760 mm
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CD32

We are looking south across the CBD to South Perth with the Canning Bridge. You’ll notice landmarks, including the smaller, older buildings down the bottom. I’m showing how the buildings cluster and take on a village feel in the beautiful morning light.

Peace and Prosperity by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen 61x61cm

Peace and Prosperity

$2,250

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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GT49

I often reflect on how lucky we are to live in such a peaceful city. There are so many views out across the river. I love the tranquillity of it. To me, the city towers speak of prosperity and growth from which so many benefit, directly and indirectly. Rent is paid, people are fed. It’s not something we should take for granted.

Glory Days by Ken Rasmussen Oil On Linen 61x61cm

Glory Days

$2,300

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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VC81

This is about the golden times that ebb and flow over the city. The place sparkles with optimism and activity. The colours are brighter and the river takes your breath away. It is important to celebrate good times in order to be carried through times that aren’t as easy.

City Towers On The River by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen 61x61cm

City Towers Over The River

$2,450

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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KT91

Like the city itself, there’s a lot of strength and warmth in this painting. You can feel the solidness of what’s been built with so much effort and striving. You can see South Perth and around to Nedlands.

Little City Night by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on Linen painting

Little City Night

$2,400

Dimensions 600 × 600 mm
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SY60

We’re looking at a nighttime painting of the city. The brilliant band of light is the Narrows Bridge, and there is the darkness of Kings Park. In the middle, we can make out the old treasury building and big cathedral.

Night City by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Canvas Painting

Night City

$1,800

Dimensions 600 × 600 mm
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CL47

This painting takes a long view of the city of Perth from Rottnest (Rottnest Island is in the foreground). That’s Indiana tea rooms at Cottesloe, Fremantle Harbour with its lighthouses and ships, and you can look up across the Swan River to the Darling Range.  

City Twilight Sail by Ken Rasmussen

City Twilight Sail

$1,980

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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ZF36

The twilight sail. This is when all the pressure of the day fades as the light softens. The city takes on a golden glow of sunset. The boats zig-zag on the water and then turn themselves for home.

Great Big Blue River by Ken Rasmussen - 1200 x 1500 mm Oil on Canvas

Great Big Blue River

$4,500

Dimensions 1220 × 915 mm
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XH93

I feel a lot of excitement when I look at this work. I like the lights of a big city. For me, the city is about civilisation and architecture. It is also about things like government, health, education, our legal system and everything that’s worthwhile in society. The city is where all the power resides and things are kept stable.

Perth - City Red by Ken Rasmussen

City Red

$3,900

Dimensions 870 × 870 mm
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GB81

Two Cities Dawn by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on canvas painting

Two Cities Dawn

$3,600

Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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GT32

Big Blue River by Ken Rasmussen. Perth, Oil on Canvas

Big Blue River

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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DH60

Big City by Ken Rasmussen - Perth

Big City

$5,180

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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YW75

Wide Blue City by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen

Wide Blue City

$2,000

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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BQ62

Around A River by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen

Around A River

$5,000

Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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HW34

Radiant City by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen

Radiant City

$2,000

Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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BF33

Gold City Rising by Ken Rasmussen. Oil on Canvas

Gold City Rising

$15,000

Dimensions 1520 × 1980 mm
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RJ78

Big Blue City by Ken Rasmussen

Big Blue City

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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QJ87

Big Red Sunrise by Ken Rasmussen

Big Red Sunrise

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 900 mm
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QK80

Big Gold River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Canvas

Big Gold River

$5,600

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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XM65

Great Big Golden City by Ken Rasmussen

Great Big Golden City

$5,000

Dimensions 1200 × 1200 mm
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NR15