Claremont by Mirvac_ Featuring - Ian de Souza
Curated by Mirvac, Open House Perth and project857
images courtesy of Ian de Souza
Ian de Souza’s arts practice spans more than 35 years. He is experienced in all mediums, with water-based colours and inks being his preference. Ian ‘s most recent works involve a process of bleeding inks through layers of rice paper, and were inspired by his recent travels to India, China and South East Asia. In these works, Ian is seeking fundamental and ethereal images of the human form through the discovery of ‘accidental’ strokes. His many years of classical training as an artist, focusing on the human form, enable him to achieve this. Yet in many ways, these works mark a departure from his previous works, in that they derive from the classical techniques of Chinese calligraphy and painting, yet remain thoroughly contemporary.
Born in Muar, West Malaysia in 1939, to Eurasian parents – his Indian Portuguese father was born in Goa and his Chinese–Portuguese mother came from Macau - Ian de Souza lived in Malaya and Singapore under both Japanese occupation and British colonial rule for the first 15 years of his life. He migrated to Australia aged 16 to join a minor seminary college in NSW where he studied to be a Redemptorist missionary priest. During those four years he painted for the Church, creating massive sacred images for religious ceremonies. He left the seminary aged 20 and went on to study art at Perth Technical College, and then traveled widely, painting and performing as a musician all over the world for a large part of his life.
Website Address - www.iandesouza.com.au
Instagram - @iandesouzaart
Saturday 10th November: 10am - 3pm
Sunday 11th November: 10am - 3pm
Corner Graylands Road and Shenton Road, Claremont, 6010