Fremantle: City of Colour

– an artist’s celebration of the port city

Five years in the making ‘Fremantle: City of Colour – an artist’s celebration of the port city’ was completely produced by Cate Rose. Painted en plein air in Fremantle, Cate Rose was also responsible for the photography, research, writing and design of the book.

Artist’s Statement

I love Fremantle.  When I lived in Europe I carried my paints everywhere and drew constantly. When I returned to Australia I was inspired to capture Fremantle which I had missed so much.  Without intending too, at some point I realised I had quite a few paintings and the idea came to me to create a book:  a beautiful book which celebrates the gorgeous old town I call “home”.

It was a long journey interspersed with many challenges before Fremantle:  City of Colour finally came to fruition.   Many times the challenges seemed insurmountable and I wondered if I was crazy (although I’ve always thought being a bit crazy in this crazy world helps!). I learnt lots of new skills to get me up to the task of designing the book and with the support of my fantastic husband, took a leap of faith.

Fremantle: City of Colour takes a tour of Fremantle with beautiful visuals. Each artwork is accompanied by an engaging description about its historical background.

Experience the colour: a reflection of Fremantle’s eclectic past and bright future: magnificent yet dark, difficult yet wonderful, desperate yet hopeful.

Explore the streets packed with colour and history.

Lose yourself in the bustle of the Fremantle Markets, the commotion of Fisherman’s Harbour, the quiet streets and the bracing ocean winds at South Mole lighthouse.

“This is a pretty book. If you bought for no other reason than to appreciate the gorgeous illustrations it would be money well spent..” Book Reviews, Art & Design, Ian Nichols, The West Australian Newspapers

“It is a truly beautiful book which illustrates the magnificence of Fremantle’s architecture and colourful past and also capture the vibrancy and cosmopolitan lifestyle of our port city”. Colin Barnett, former WA Premier

“‘Fremantle City of Colour’ is an outstanding example of a quality West Australian book and will by treasured by all those who know and love Fremantle” David Harding, Former Branch Librarian, Melville Civic Square Library, Booragoon, Western Australia

“The book is superbly produced and represents excellent value for your own coffee table or for a special gift”. Professor Charles Watson AM, Neuroscientist & Public Health Physician, Curtin University

“With her book, ‘Fremantle City of Colour’, Cate has brought the spirit of Fremantle into vivid focus, with page after page of wonderful paintings, photographs and historical notes. I found myself transported back to revisit many happy memories of time spent in “Freo”, and I believe this book will be a delight for anyone who either knows or wishes to know this unique city”. Steven Heathcote. AM former Principal Artist of the Australian Ballet and now Ballet Master.

Fremantle: City of Colour – an artist’s celebration of the port city

Five years in the making, Fremantle: City of Colour is an artist's celebration of the Western Australian port city of Fremantle. With the passion of an artist's heart, Cate Rose captures the life of her home town with art and photography.


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