Wyalkatchem

Venn Gallery, Perth

17 November – 23 December 2011
  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Wyalkatchem 1980’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Todd 1979’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Self-portrait 1980’, 2011, oil on canvas, 198cm x 168cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Mum and Darren’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Mum 1980’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Brooke 2011’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Darren 1979’, 2011, oil on canvas, 153cm x 138cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Dad 1979’, 2011, oil on canvas, 76cm x 72cm

  • Sculpture by Australian artist Alan Jones. Install view at Venn Gallery, Perth.

    ‘Wyalkatchem Hotel’, 2011, plywood and hoop pine, (h)81cm x (w)308cm x (d)148cm

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Yorkie Rock #1’, 2011, oil on canvas

  • Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones.

    ‘Yorkie Rock’, 2011, oil on canvas, 73cm diameter

Wyalkatchem

Venn Gallery

Jones’ earliest childhood memories go back to the country town of Wyalkatchem in rural WA. In the late 70s and early 80’s Jones’ parents, Mike and Jenny, were widely known within the community as publicans of the Wyalkatchem Hotel where they lived and worked with their 3 young boys, Darren, Todd and Alan (then 3 years old). Mike, whose family originates from Scarborough, played football for Wyalkatchem and at the age of 32 received the 1980 ‘Fairest and Best’ medal.

Jones’ next major body of work will document this formative period of his childhood as well as a nostalgic road trip back to Wyalkatchem with his father Mike during August 2011. The trip is all the more poignant as Jones reflects on family and parenthood ahead of the birth of his first son, due in October this year.

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