Joel Smoker | Big Wide Land
Location Fourth Gallery
From Saturday 22 February 2020 - 10:00am
To Sunday 05 April 2020 - 04:00pm
The Big Wide Land exhibition comprises of large pastel drawings by Western Australian artist Joel Smoker. The drawings are sketched on location, then completed in the artist's studio at Binningup in the southwest. The subject matter are places from around Western Australia that Smoker found interesting and would, he believed, yield good compositions. These locations include Bell Gorge in the Kimberley, Red Bluff in Shark Bay, Denham, Cobra Station in the Gascoyne, Karlamilyi National Park (Rudall River), Leeman, Dongara, Port Denison, The Pinnacles, Castle Rock in the Porongurups, Elachbutting Rock in the wheatbelt, Gladston.e Falls and Irwin Inlet in the South West.
Joel Smoker has travelled widely around Western Australia for many years seeking out places that interest him and may offer good compositions for the pastel drawings that he has produced. When he finds a good location he sets up his folding chair, clips his paper to a MDF board and draws what he sees in front of him. He then takes a photograph of the scene and uses this as a reference when he completes the piece in his studio.
Joel has exhibited widely around Australia since his first ceramics exhibition at Carols Art Gallery in Perth, in 1979, showing work that has included ceramics, photography, pastel drawings, silk screen prints, and collage. Joel's art is represented in major collections including the Art Gallery of WA, The Fremantle City art collection, The Shire of Munda ring art collection, The City of Geraldton art collection and The National Gallery of Victoria.