Artists of Perth – Book Launch


December 2017

“ARTISTS OF PERTH” launched tonight by @PremiumPublishing attended by a who’s who of the left coast artist community. Great project and great opening by @GabbiMills

A new book by Gabi Mills & Lisa Shearon profiling leading artists in Perth, Western Australia was launched in the West Perth Art District, December 2017.

Produced by boutique Perth publishers, Premium Publishers,  “Artists of Perth” is the second publication showcasing artists in Western Australia. Following on from the award winning “Artists of the Margaret River Region”, this book showcases just over sixty artists from the Perth region, and features Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis in their studio.

Stockists include:

  • Aspects of Kings Park
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Boffins
  • Oxford St Books
  • Saga Bookshop
  • New Edition Bookshop
  • Dymocks – Garden City
  • Diabolik Bookshop

International Shiva Festival, Sivasagar India

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February 2018

Jillian Ciemitis and Peter Ciemitis both participated in the inaugural Culture and Arts Festival in Sivsagar in February 2018, along with Vittorio Tonon, Maria Balea, Tone White, Maneswar Brahmaand our Arts overseer, Utpal Barua.

As well as a host of international visual artists, the four day festival featured a vast array of musicians, dancers and performers (including the Deputy Commissioner, Narayan Konwar).

Head Room in Fremantle

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April 2018

Peteris Ciemitis proudly formed part of the line-up of the State’s leading portrait artists in the “Skin Deep” exhibition opening at Moore’s Gallery Friday 9 March 2018.

‘Skin Deep 2018’ was the fourth annual exhibition by the WA Portrait Artists Association which comprised over fifty portraits by the fourteen participating artists whose work ranges from small to very large, from photorealism to expressive interpretations. The exhibition presented a diverse range of concepts and techniques representing contemporary portraiture at its very best.

This year, the exhibition also included a secret room; “Hidden”. What was there?

Painting the Town (Again)

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May 2018, Brookfield Place, Perth WA

Described as a ‘tour de force’ by Arts editor William Yeoman in the Weekend West newspaper, the Planners Exhibition “Painting the Town 2” not only added a unique event to WA’s cultural calendar, but also an inimitable counterpoint to the 2018 National Planning Institute Congress in Perth.

Led by Peteris Ciemitis, a passionate working group of artists, planners and administrators pulled together an art exhibition featuring 26 artists who also happened to be current or past practitioners in the Planning profession. Officially opened on by the Hon Mr John Carey MLA, (Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of Western Australia) in front of an audience of 100 VIPs, the exhibition reprised a similar event first held in 2007 for the previous PIA Congress in Perth.

Curated by Judy Rogers, audiences saw over sixty works ranging from paintings on canvas, photography and even a surfboard.

18th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2018

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September 2018, Dhaka

Currently, one third of the world’s Biennales take place in Asia, with the first being the Tokyo Biennale in 1952. However, it is the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh, a breakaway in 1981, that remains the oldest in the region, now in being held for the 18th time. Its also a Biennale in which Australia has had patchy presence. Until now.

The Australian artists to be included in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh are west-coasters Jillian Ciemitis, Peteris Ciemitis, Judy Rogers and Monique Tippett.

The Biennale is based in the National Art Gallery, Dhaka and opens with official formalities on September 1, followed by two days of Symposia exploring the topics of “Between Art and Narratives” and “Pedagogy and Promotion”.

26 S 121 E On the Map Exhibition

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15 September – 15 October 2017

A Survey of Contemporary Western Australian Printmaking

Jillian Ciemitis screen print Pinnacle was on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre as part of the 26 S 121 E On the Map a Survey of Contemporary West Australian Printmaking.  Featuring the work of 35 West Australian printmakers.  Curated by Laura A Taylor.

Book – “Skull Within Skin” The Art of Jillian Ciemitis and Peteris Ciemitis

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On May 26, 2017, John Carey MLA, State Member for Perth and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier launched a new book at the State Theatre of Western Australia.

The book “Skull Within Skin” by Carl Altmann and Dr Jan Altmann profiles selected works and projects by Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis. The 108 page book gave Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis opportunity to survey the spectrum of their work over the preceeding 10 years, and provide a framework for viewing their evolving narratives.

The title borrows from T.S. Elliott, quoted by Dr Altmann in describing the quality of the Ciemitis’ work as being able to see below the surface, or to quote Elliott, “the skull within the skin”.

The book retails for AUD$29.00 and is available from the bookstores shown above.

It will also be available on-line from this website shortly (or can be purchased now by emailing