West End Art Space is a lovely gallery with lots of natural light and space for large art works. This was a shared exhibition with works by various artists – oil on canvas, linen or board, acrylic on canvas and metallic prints. Wonderfully robust colourful abstracts, delicate depictions of blossoms and a range of approaches to landscapes, plus the added delight of modern sculptures dotted around the gallery. Something for everyone.
I particularly liked the Tasman Island series by Luke Wagner – oil and wax on Linen. Executed in a limited palette, he conveys a sense of stillness, calm and solitude that drew me slowly from the foreground to the distant horizon. His paintings varied from the whimsy of a light filled, overgrown pathway leading to the horizon to the brutal cliff face cutting through the sky to the flatland below. Below is an image of one of Luke’s seascapes.
The West End Art Space is within easy walking distance of North Melbourne train station, buses that stop in Spencer Street or if you drive there is plenty of metered parking.
Walking around this quiet little gem of a location before going to the gallery we found lots of interesting cafes. The Apollo Café had a display of modern photographic artworks and a delicious gazpacho soup; then there is the quirky Toasta Café and the ADJ/ café beside the West End Gallery, also sells curated homewares. You are sure to find a cafe to your taste and budget.
“The Last Summer #3 Lake Pedder 1972” by Luke Wagner (included with artists permission)