WA sculptor Mark Grey-Smith holds solo exhibition in Busselton

One of Western Australia's most prominent sculptors Mark Grey-Smith is about to hold a solo exhibition Drawing in Space at ArtGeo in Busselton from October 16.
One of Western Australia's most prominent sculptors Mark Grey-Smith is about to hold a solo exhibition Drawing in Space at ArtGeo in Busselton from October 16.

One of Western Australia's most prominent sculptors Mark Grey-Smith is about to hold a solo exhibition at ArtGeo in Busselton from October 16.

Grey-Smith is now based in the region and has his work featured in the Art Gallery of WA, Australian National University and many private collections.

His upcoming exhibition Drawing In Space has three parts which will feature work that is small and accessible so people could have them.

The sculptures are made out of clay with each piece a different geometric or flowing shape.

"I called the exhibition Drawing In Space because it is all about lines moving about in space," he said.

The exhibition will also feature a selection of landscape drawings from The Pilbara.

"That is where the heartland of my landscapes are," he said.

"Marble Bar is pretty special, it is an extraordinary place that is virtually on the edge of where The Pilbara becomes a desert.

"It has all been crunched up over time, it is ancient.

"I used to go up there in the 1950's and 60's with my mum and dad before mining, my dad was an artist as well, he would go up there to source for his paintings.

"It was wild."

The third part of the exhibition are sculptures which were inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-20 I call them, we should not call it COVID-19 anymore because we have a new variation," he said.

"The one that will hopefully not decimate WA.

"When I heard in January 2020 about COVID, I had been following the issue about how it happened and SARS1 in 2003.

"I was disgusted that the second one has happened but it did, and I really panicked about surviving.

"As it has worked out I haven't had any problems with COVID at all compared to most people in the world, and it is still a massive problem.

"I had to do some expressive work to really direct my feelings, normally I am more cool, objective and calm but this is very personal in a sense.

"One is called What, the others are Crap, Unprecedented, Really and Help.

"It is shocking and should not be happening, we should not have situations anymore where that could be happening but the world is a complicated place."

ArtGeo curator Sharon Williams said Grey-Smith had been a part of the art scene since the 1970's and has held in excess of 12 solo exhibitions.

"Everyone is invited to join us at a free exhibition opening at 6pm on Friday, October 15 at the ArtGeo Gallery," she said.

Drawing in Space will be on show daily from 10am to 4pm from Saturday October 16 until November 14 November, visit artgeo.com.au for more information.