Ross Seaton: The Master of Nedlands

The Naval Store, Fremantle: 5 December-13 December 2020
Online: 4 December 2020–4 December 2021

Ross Seaton (1944-2020) was a well-known local figure, renowned for his long walks along Stirling Highway to the ocean.

Over the past 30 years, Seaton made extraordinary paintings and drawings in his front garden in Nedlands which documented his complex and interdisciplinary view of the world.

The first large-scale exhibition devoted to his work, The Master of Nedlands is curated by LWAG Director, Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA, and brings together a selection of Seaton's compelling works to document the artist's unique vision.

Originally scheduled as part of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 2020 exhibition program, The Master of Nedlands was re-conceived as a digital exhibition due to COVID-19. When Seaton sadly passed away in May 2020, LWAG staff worked to present it as part of the UWA Away program in response to community sentiment to see Seaton's work in person. This new, expansive project will feature an in-person exhibition at the Naval Store in Fremantle, an online presentation delving into the themes and ideas in Seaton's artwork and a new monograph exploring his life and work.

Online exhibition

4 December 2020–4 December 2021

Explore the major themes and ideas behind Ross Seaton's work.

Explore the online exhibition


Ross Seaton: Walking Man
Publication by LWAG Director, Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA

Free digital download available here

The Naval Store exhibition

On show: Saturday 5 December–Sunday 13 December 2020
Open daily, 12pm-5pm

Opening night: Friday 4 December, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Refreshments by Mojo's Bar

A painting of light blue, dark blue, orange, grey and lilac strokes in geometric shapes on a white canvas

Ross Seaton, Abstract Face, c 1990, oil on cardboard, courtesy the estate of the artist.

Exhibition Preview

Go behind-the-scenes with curator Professor Ted Snell to find out more about the genesis of this exhibition.

Video by VAM Media. Shot and edited by Brendan Hutchens. Music by Envelope.

DADAA logo         City of Fremantle logo            Enkel logo

Ross Seaton: The Master of Nedlands is presented in partnership with DADAA and supported by The City of Fremantle, Enkel Collective and private donors.  


Header image: Ross Seaton, Untitled, 2017–2018, acrylic on plastic, 400 x 1000 cm, courtesy the estate of the artist.

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