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.

Big Radiant City, an oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Big Radiant City

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1525 mm
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.

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Rising River Kingdom, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Rising River Kingdom

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
YF71

I am struck by the majesty of this city, set against the river and the vastness of the sea.

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River of Gold, an oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

River of Gold

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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.

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Light Over Glass Mountains by Ken Rasmussen

Light Over Glass Mountains

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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.

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Ambition, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Ambition

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1525 × 1980 mm
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.

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Black River Bright City

Black River Bright City

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
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.

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Kingdom of the Brave, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Kingdom of the Brave

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
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.

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Lift Off, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Lift Off

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 870 × 870 mm
RL57

The towers of Perth’s CBD are ever rising and reaching.

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City Morning Colours by Ken Rasmussen

City Morning Colours

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
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.

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Selected Sold Works

Sleeps In Blue by Ken Rasmussen

Sleeps In Blue

$2,000.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
Framing (Board)
KV45

Sun in Their Eyes

Sun in Their Eyes

$3,240.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
Framing (Board)
XS71

River City Sky by Ken Rasmussen

River City Sky

$15,400.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1525 × 1980 mm
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.

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

City Towers Over The River

$2,450.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
Framing (Board)
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.

Glory Days by Ken Rasmussen Oil On Linen 61x61cm

Glory Days

$2,300.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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.

William Wellington Wakes Up by Ken Rasmussen - Oil Painting on Canvas, Perth

William Wellington Wakes Up

$5,650.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
ZW74

River Cities by Ken Rasmussen

River Cities

$14,800.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1525 × 1980 mm
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.

VP69 River City Breeze by Ken Rasmussen

River City Breeze

$5,580.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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.

City In Gold by Ken Rasmussen

City In Gold

$3,000.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
Framing (Board)
QM95

City Rise To Power by Ken Rasmussen

City Rise To Power

$5,000.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
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.

Peace and Prosperity by Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen 61x61cm

Peace and Prosperity

$2,250.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
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.