Mandurah’s iconic old bridge may be set for demolition, but local artist Emma Blyth is determined it will live on, thanks to a new series of mixed media artworks.
Blyth’s Old Mandurah Bridge series of small paintings uses digital prints coupled with her vibrant colours and brush strokes to bring the local landmark to life.
“As we all know the old bridge is soon to be demolished, and with it a lot of our fond memories of fishing and crabbing under it, jumping off it and walking over it,” Blyth said.
“It is very sad, but I am really looking forward to seeing our new Mandurah landmark develop, and with it new inspiration that it brings.”
Blyth said she wanted to capture the photographic side of the bridge in her new works, with mixed media being something “a little different” for her.
The images take on a personal note with each painting filled with memories for the Mandurah-raised artist.
“Like a lot of people I personally have some great memories of the old bridge,” Blyth said.
“Catching herring and prawns, plus the odd blowie with my family.
Actually, to tell the truth I think it was mainly blowies, but hey, we all know they were a lot of fun.”
Blyth said the response to her new collection had been “amazing”, with sales of the exclusive 30x30cm canvas paintings selling quickly.
Of the 30 planned pieces, she has finished 15, with all selling within minutes of becoming available.
I am doing an exclusive series of 30 in this 30 x 30cm size and they are mixed media on stretched canvas.
The remaining artworks will be completed over the next few months.
Limited edition prints of the old bridge are available at emmablyth.com.au.