This magnificent oil painting inspired by The Perth Mint is vying for a prestigious art prize which aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the built and natural heritage of Central Perth.
Created by local artist Jamie Russ, Inherit the Dream portrays our famous forecourt statue featuring Arthur Bayley and William Ford, the two gold prospectors whose discovery 120 years ago at Fly Flat (Coolgardie) triggered the greatest gold rush in west Australian history.
“I wanted to portray the strength and hope on which Perth was founded,” says Jamie. “Early settlers and prospectors overcame such challenging circumstances, showing us that even in the most desperate situations, sheer perseverance, optimism and an iron will can help us build a better world for ourselves and our descendants.”
“The ethereal arch illuminating the miners within it represents a window in time between the past and present. I believe we should all step back through this window every now and then and be reminded of our incredible heritage, what we have achieved and the potential for our future.”
All the finalists in the 2012 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and Heritage, which attracted some of Australia’s finest and most creative artists, are currently on public display at 137 St Georges Terrace. Winners will be announced on 27 September at a special Award Night.