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Old Coast Road,
Heathland & Heathland II


Old Coast Road by Peta West, linoprint making artist

Old Coast Road, 2022, 100 x 80 cm diptych relief lino cut 

Flannel flowers, banksias, grass trees and waratahs unfurl before us, filling the coast line with abundance. For those familiar with the seasonal changes on the south coast, the emergence of these flowers in September ushers in the arrival of spring. A major new diptych by Peta West, Old Coast Road (2022) splendidly captures this explosion of life. Measuring 100 x 80 cm (overall), it is the largest work created to date by the artist. West’s images are often immersive, yet this scale further heightens her unique ability to draw audiences into an image. 

Continuing many of the visual and conceptual themes of her previous works, Old Coast Road is both an ode as well as a visual investigation into the lives of the flora and fauna on the south coast. Once again, black cockatoos are depicted as the main protagonists. Social birds, they can often be observed in pairs within a larger flock. Their silhouettes regularly perched atop burnt trees overlooking the landscape. Despite the work’s grandeur, West successfully captures the intimacy these birds have with one another and her experience observing them along the headland. In this way, Old Coast Road evokes similar characteristics associated with genre painting, where the activities of everyday life are depicted with integrity. West seems to apply this framework to the context of the natural world as she continues to portray our surrounding landscape with underlying respect and admiration. 

Old Coast Road epitomises the themes and visual language West has developed throughout her practice, seamlessly tying together notions of depth, intimacy and a profound sense of interconnectedness.

Words by Alice Sandner

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West continued this theme in 2023 with Heathland (2023) above, a partner piece to Old Coast Road (2022) and then Heathland II (2023) below. West explored the foliage seen in the coastal heath behind the dunes, along with more individuals from the flock of Glossy Black Cockatoos that call this place home. 


All photos on this page except the photo of Heathland by Ola Moszumanska


These pieces will be represented by Gallery Alchemy.

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