Rottnest Island Paintings

Celebrate the days of summer. Storybook times when life slows down and children play as if the day will last forever. Quiet nights, bright stars and the gentle sound of boats moored close to the shore.

Art helps you remember that feeling of freedom and simplicity.

These original oil paintings of Rottnest Island can take you back there. Every day.

MN79 Bliss, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Bliss

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
KN79

You’re at Rottnest, and it feels like a party because the place casts a spell over you. The clouds turn into balloons as the spirit of the place lifts you. The island transforms your thinking, and you feel happy and carried away by its charm.

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Enchantment, by Ken Rasmussen

Enchantment

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
YL79

When the sun goes down at Rottnest, you see all the lovely colours. Perth is turning gold and pink in the sunset. All the lights are coming on and starting to sparkle. The evening light still shines into the water, turning it into a vivid turquoise. I find it mesmerising and enchanting.

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HIgh Summer On The Island, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

High Summer On The Island

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
WM99

I love those warm summer days at Rottnest. The blue on blue of sky and sea. The boats and the beaches.

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The Kingdom Of Our Summer, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Kingdom Of Our Summer

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 1220 mm
LV96

There is Thomsons Bay, the cottages on Kelly Street, the West End, beaches and the bays. This is our summer escape.

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Radical Optimist by Ken Rasmussen

Radical Optimist

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
MK59

I have always felt in a more optimistic frame of mind when I’m at Rottnest. The beaches and the ships delight me. I’ve made the clouds party balloons to capture the joy of being there. It’s a magical place that brings out the best in me.

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Sacred Summer by Ken Rasmussen

Sacred Summer

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
HN99

Rottnest Island in the summer time.

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Home By The Sea - Oil Painting by Ken Rasmusssen

Home By The Sea

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
PV70

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Great Big River, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Great Big River

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
JM64

Magpies and green parrots soar over the great big river that runs from the city of Perth down to the ocean at Fremantle. The Jacarandas are in bloom, Dingo guards the coast, and cargo ships ply their trade in Gage Roads, coming into the port.

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Sweet Dreams Where Sunbeams Find You, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Sweet Dreams Where Sunbeams Find You

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
MN83

This is the way a child experiences Rottnest. It’s not so much about the island itself. It’s all about moving from one fun place to another. I am highlighting a hundred beautiful, exotic bays, different headlands, different places to go swimming. This is a child’s map of holiday fun.

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Rottnest Star Shower by Ken Rasmussen - Oil Painting on Canvas

Rottnest Star Shower

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 915 × 610 mm
PM10

I have a lovely memory of Rottnest. I am standing on the small jetty in Thomson Bay. A group of excited children are fishing for squid with their parents. It’s dark and I am looking back towards the settlement and the sea wall. All the houses have their lights on. You can see Board Cottage in the right foreground. There’s the boathouse with the green door there in the centre. The stars are playful because Rottnest is a place of delight and discovery for children.

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Selected Sold Works

Rottnest Holiday by Ken Rasmussen

Rottnest Holiday

$2,450.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
NZ31

You can feel the magic as you make the crossing. Leaving on the ferry from Fremantle is the start of your escape. The ships, the water, the freedom of Rottnest. Every day is a holiday.

Sandy Embraces & Wet Hugs

Sandy Embraces & Wet Hugs

$5,000.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
TB61

QL65 Rottnest Ken Rasmussen Oil on Linen 120cm x 120cm

Rottnest

$5,600.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
QL65

This about total joy. It’s about happiness at the end of a lovely day at Rottnest. There’s a beautiful sunset and you become more aware of all the fabulous things going on around you.

All This Delight by Ken Rasmussen

All This Delight

$9,300.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1830 × 1220 mm
WJ52

Kelly's Sunburnt Kids

Kelly’s Sunburnt Kids

$3,450.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 760 × 760 mm
Framing (Board)
VM62

Rottnest's Wet And Sandy Hugs by Ken Rasmussen

Rottnest’s Wet and Sandy Hugs

$5,500.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
SR27

This is about kids and their beach holidays. There are the whales coming in for a visit past Cottesloe and Rottnest. You can see the Dingo Flour sign, lighthouses and even the pretend smugglers cave at Bathers Beach. Giant cargo ships cruise in and out of the harbour. Really this is a children’s paradise.

Starry Rottnest by Ken Rasmussen - Oil Painting on Canvas

Starry Rottnest

$5,250.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
QL44

RS98 Sweet Pretty Little Island vy Ken Rasmussen

Sweet Pretty Little Island

$5,300.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
RS98

TW77 Rottnest Waits For You by Ken Rasmussen

Rottnest Waits For You

$2,900.00

Oil on Canvas Painting
Dimensions 1015 × 760 mm
TW77

Here is our golden place. Like a sparkling brooch we wear on our summer. Again we rediscover with the beaches of our lost selves.

Cottesloe and Rottnest

Cottesloe and Rottnest

$5,350.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 1220 × 1220 mm
Framing (Board)
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.

Falling Star In The Pocket - Oil Painting by Ken Rasmussen showing Perth, the Swan River and Rottnest

A Shooting Star In Your Pocket

$2,560.00

Oil on Linen Painting
Dimensions 610 × 610 mm
LH66

Stars are peeping out at twilight. They sparkle on the water. There’s a slow moonrise. Headlights are leading us home. We share the precious seconds of a shooting star. All memories we keep close in a pocket.