ISBN. 978-0-646-53372-8



Kevan Collett

‘When Kevan took out his paint box he had no idea of the genie within. So displeased was he with his first attempt to use watercolour it was stubborn defiance that made him persist. In fact Kevan was already an artist in every way. From the day he found a metal sculpture in the ash of his father’s forge he’d been in waiting for this moment of truth. He knew what it was to strive for excellence and the reality of manipulating and mastering the material in one’s hands.’
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This treatise on the life and work of Kevan Collett is more than a photographic display of his work it is a glimpse of an artist in motion. Insights into his early life by Helene Smith reveal a moving story: from of a young boy of talent and imagination –a caged bird in waiting – battering his wings against the strictures that hold him, to the emerging artist with a place of his own and a sense of himself as ‘artist’.

Kevan’s joy in process and his subject matter is expressed in his own words with eloquence and grace. It is there for all to see in his works of art. For art lovers there is a feast on offer: dreamlike landscapes imbued with that inexplicable ‘something’ that lift them above the ordinary; street scenes redolent with sound, light and music, even rain…and always the explosion of light and colour. Then there are sculptures – each of which emerge from this artist’s hands in partnership – or so it seems, with the spirit of the tree from which it came.

Not only is this book of significance to art lovers.  For the education of young and old alike, or for anyone with a love and/or interest in Australia, the photographic display of Kevan’s work combined with his written account of his travels to significant sites around Australia is not only informative, it is to know Australia a little better and to better know ourselves.



ISBN: 978-0-646-53372-8

This stunning limited edition publication - case bound 128 pages of full colour is an eclectic show case of the works of the artist Kevan Collett. With watercolour demonstrations, techniques, personal, thoughts and comments by the artist. Profiled by reknown Australian author Helene Smith.


This publication is available direct from the Artists studio online
and the State Library Book Shop. Perth Cultural Centre. 25 Francis Street. Perth

Hard cover version : $40 Aud. (plus postage and handling).

Paperback Version : $30 Aud.(plus postage and handling).

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Helene Smith.

Helene Smith was raised on a farm near Manjimup. In her early years at Linfarn School her teacher – mother Julia Lee imparted a love of drama and story. Her all inclusive style inspired recognition of that need in oneself and others to ‘dance one’s own clumsy dance.’  Helene married School teacher, Pete Smith and they raised a large family. After many adventurous years, Helene studied English and Education at Edith Cowan University where she learned to love Art along with Literature. The Nature of Art Experience and The Child and Creative Expression were her special interest and for which she received high distinctions.  Helene is the author of The Potter’s Son (Macmillan 2005) and five other titles for Young Adults and Children.


"The Black Van"


Kevan Collett.

The sun rises on a crisp cold desert morning on the central outback Australian mining city of Broken Hill.
Lisa Freeman sits in a drug haze on the outskirts of the city, ........More