theo koning

there be it

6 september - 5 october 2013

Theo Koning continues to be one of Perth's most respected senior artists.

He has been exhibiting since the early 1970s in Perth and has established a career that would be the envy of many artists. However he remains humble, happier to spend time in his studio, garden and travel than be self promoting and grandiose about his achievements.

Although Theo has had exhibitions of paintings and drawings, it is to sculpture that he returns to again and again. He is well known for his sculptural forms created from found objects, and his beautiful studio contains a treasure trove of carefully stored boxes and drawers of multiples of plastic wheels, wooden bowls, dolls heads, toothbrushes, wooden sticks, colourful toys, anodized metal, wooden beads, chair legs, hoops of metal... The walls are lined with storage, shelves filled with strange dioramas and small maquettes and sculptures. It is an overwhelming visual feast at first, and then your eyes are drawn to the centre of his studio floor where works in progress are being assembled. Here the disparate objects that surround him are drawn into order. Sometimes this is a joyous stacked combination of brightly coloured objects that are contrasted with natural wood, as in many works from his last exhibition with us in 2011, or in much quieter combinations of pale woods and painted forms.

This exhibition features both free standing and wall mounted sculptures, often made of found wooden objects that have been carefully painted in gesso, creating a soft 'milky' finish to his works. In some the gesso has been naturally coloured, using pigments from the olive tree in his garden, or with charcoal.

Theo Koning was born in the Netherlands in 1950. He studied art in Perth at the Claremont Technical College in the early 1970s. He has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Theoís artworks can be found in many important Australian collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of WA, Art Gallery of SA, Artbank, Wesfarmers, and several university, city and council collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

theo koning artwork
still life with pipe [detail]
gesso + olive sap on wood
146 x 33 x 23cm
2012
$3,600
theo koning artwork
yellow maze
gesso on painted wood
34 x 19 x 6cm
2013
$850
theo koning artwork
garage
paint + gesso on painted wood
27.5 x 34.5 x 5cm
2013
$750
theo koning artwork
stranded
paint + gesso on painted wood
108 x 52.5 x 28.5cm
2012
$3,300 sold
theo koning artwork
walking foot
gesso on wood
100.5 x 40 x 12cm
2011
$2,300
theo koning artwork
velocipede
gesso + paint on wood, plastic resin, metal
151 x 22 x 22cm
2011
$2,800
theo koning artwork
house building
wood, paint on wood
96 x 61 x 44cm
2013
$3,000 sold
theo koning artwork
the right angle 1
mdf, wood, paint, gesso stained with olive sap
40 x 25 x 7cm
2013
$750
theo koning artwork
costume change, fancy dress 1 + 2
collage on printed card
18 x 12cm
2013
$320 sold
theo koning artwork
the right angle 3
wood + paint
64 x 23 x 4cm
2013
$750
theo koning artwork
the right angle box
wood + gesso
45 x 31.5 x 12.5cm
2013
$950
theo koning artwork
the right angle 4
gesso + olive sap on masonite
40 x 40 x 2.5cm
2013
$900 sold
theo koning artwork
the right angle 5
gesso + olive sap on masonite
40.5 x 33 x 3cm
2013
$900 sold
theo koning artwork
costume change, wild wear 1 + 5
collage on printed card
18 x 12cm
2011
$550
theo koning artwork
stacked shapes 1
gesso, olive sap + paint on wood
82 x 25 x 25cm
2013
$3,000
theo koning artwork
stacked shapes 2
paint, gesso, olive sap + pigment on wood
61 x 25 x 31cm
2012-13
$3,000
theo koning artwork
yellow, grey right angle
gesso, acrylic, ink, charcoal, olive sap on wood
43 x 22 x 7cm
2013
$900
theo koning artwork
playtime no.1
acrylic, paint, wood
33 x 30 x 7.5 + 9 x 35 x 10cm
2013
$1,600
theo koning artwork
monuments 1 + 2
gesso + olive sap, acrylic paint, wood
2 x 15 x 15cm [x2] + 12.5 x 44.5cm
2013
$1,800
theo koning artwork
a step up
paint, gesso, olive sap, wood
83 x 53 x 5.5cm
2013
$1,600 sold
theo koning artwork
lemon grey
gesso, pigment, olive sap, wood
38.5 x 20.5 x 4cm
2013
$900 sold
theo koning artwork
blue leg, yellow collar
wood, paint
48 x 44 x 10cm
2012
$1,600
theo koning artwork
the right angle box 2
wood, gesso, olive sap, charcoal
35.5 x 36 x 11.5cm
2013
$950 sold
theo koning artwork
white grid
wood, white gesso
53 x 55 x 6cm
2012-13
$1,500
theo koning artwork
black + white fogals
wood, gesso, olive sap, acrylic
69 x 80 x 24cm
1980s-2013
$3,500
theo koning artwork
the spin around
wood, gesso, olive sap
68.5 x 55 x 25cm
2013
$3,000
theo koning artwork
horizon line port beach 1, 2 + 3
wood, gesso, olive extract
31 x 23.5 x 3cm + 35 x 24 x 2cm
2011
$2,000
theo koning artwork
monument to autumn
wood, gesso
145 x 31 x 31cm
2010
$3,100
theo koning artwork
seeing eye stick
wood, metal, plastic fibre, gesso with olive sap
136 x 22 x 17cm
2013
$2,200
theo koning artwork
fleurs de la mer
wood, metal, leather, gesso, olive sap, paint
172 x 34 x 34cm
2010
$3,500
theo koning artwork
the bread basket
wood, leather, cane gesso, olive sap
56 x 41 x 30cm
2013
$3,000
theo koning artwork
stacked shapes 3
wood, gesso, olive sap, yellow pigment
153.5 x 43 x 28cm
2012-13
$3,700
theo koning artwork
slab-turn
wood, gesso, olive sap
124 x 53 x 29cm
2013
$3,300
theo koning artwork
stacked shapes 4
wood, gesso, olive sap, acrylic paint
144 x 35 x 25cm
2013
$3,500
theo koning artwork
tower for painting the sunset
wood, gesso, olive sap, paint
179 x 34 x 34cm
2013
$2,800
theo koning artwork
look-out
wood, gesso, olive sap, paint
120 x 27 x 21cm
2013
$3,300
theo koning artwork
playtime no.2
wood, paint
47 x 26 x 13.5cm
2011
$1,600
theo koning artwork
playtime no.3
wood, paint
53 x 34 x 27cm
2012
$1,600
theo koning artwork
playtime no.4 + 5
wood, paint
78 x 52 x 25cm
2012
$2,800
theo koning artwork
playtime no.6
wood, paint
70 x 24 x 24cm
2013
$1,900
theo koning artwork
playtime no.7 communication
wood, paint, metal, bamboo
97 x 30 x 20cm
2012
$2,100
theo koning artwork
playtime no.8
wood, paint
60 x 19 x 18cm
2013
$1,800
theo koning artwork
playtime no.9 crane
wood, paint, metal
91 x 37 x 29cm
2011
$1,900
theo koning artwork
playtime no.10 the right angle
wood, paint
101 x 40 x 17cm
2013
$1,900
theo koning artwork
sulphur
wood, gesso, cotton, pigment
85 x 24 x 16cm
2011
$1,800