2020 Dunsborough Arts Festival | Margaret River artist goes small

Article in Busselton Mail:

Well known Margaret River artist and stonemason Kashmir Rouw has moved away from his successful big sculpture concept to try his hand in the small sculpture competition at the Dunsborough Arts Festival.

Rouw won the City of Busselton Acquisitive Award last year in the Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay, and his entry – Stone Shell Spiral – now has a permanent place on the Dunsborough foreshore at the end of Elmore Road.

Rouw said working on a smaller piece for this year’s competition allowed a level of freedom not possible in his larger works.

“I can experiment more. As a sculptor, scale is an amazing thing to behold, but smaller also allows a deeper more personal connection to develop with the piece,” he said.

Rouw hails from a family of stonemasons and artisans.

His ancestor Peter Rouw was a London based sculptor who exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, and was chief modeller of cameos and gems to the Prince Regent of the British Royal Family in the 1800’s.

Some of his works are still retained by the National Portrait Gallery in London.