All hands on decks for Rudy’s art show

Headshot of Jackson Barrett
Jackson BarrettAugusta Margaret River Times
Email Jackson Barrett
Rudy Selmes, 14, of Margaret River, with some of his handiwork.
Camera IconRudy Selmes, 14, of Margaret River, with some of his handiwork. Credit: Jackson Barrett

Rudy Selmes is a young man of few words, which is fine, because his immense talent for art gives him an avenue to say plenty.

The 14-year-old Margaret River local is an emerging artist, and his latest exhibit, displayed in the foyer of the Margaret River Library, has been a smash hit.

Rudy has combined his two great passions, skating and art, to produce 10 works, all painted on the bottom of skateboard decks, depicting human bodies with animal heads, going about very human tasks.

Margaret River local Rudy Selmes with some of his handiwork.
Camera IconMargaret River local Rudy Selmes with some of his handiwork. Credit: Jackson Barrett

His exhibit features a chicken in a suit teaching maths, a rat taking the bins out, a magpie riding a bike, and a sheep raking fields.

“I signed up for an art class three years ago and then went back to doing it again a few months ago,” he said.

“My mates do the same art class, so they told me about it and I signed up and I have being doing lessons with Stuie (Stuart McMillan). Stu inspired me to do the animal faces.”

Rudy sourced the skateboard decks from Jacksons Drawing Supplies in Busselton, after being inspired to use them as a canvas.

“Stu got a board in for each of us and we designed it and I thought it would be a good thing to do,” he said.

“I have being trying to make a bit of a brand and have a clear design and that’s just what came up.”

The exhibit is called 1+1, and launched at the library on January 14.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails