Our 6th artist in our Meet the Artist series is Wayne Viney, who is sharing here a little about his life and work….
Usually I have to explain what a monotype is. My art is inspired by nature, I’ve always been a landscape artist. Some of my work is more representational, particularly the black and white monotypes. The colour monotypes, what I call the Sea and Sky series are greatly simplified, leaning towards abstraction. I enjoy exploring colour combinations in these works.
A turning point in my career was discovering monotypes, particularly the work of Degas. I looked at contemporary American printmakers, monotypes took off in a big way there in the 1980’s. All that fed into my own work and I eventually adopted the medium full time.
I’ve always loved art and always drawn and painted, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I realised I may be able to make a living from my art. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
In terms of a usual day, I try to be in the studio by nine or ten o’clock and work till lunch, which is an hour or so, then work till around five o’clock.
I live in suburban Ivanhoe. I have my own studio at the end of the garden, it’s important for me to be able to remove myself from the house into my own workspace.
I’ve been very lucky to have a supportive partner. I think artists partners deserve all the credit they can get; they play a crucial role.
When I’m not in the studio making art I read a lot, I enjoy watching films, my wife and I are keen bushwalkers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Next up I have work in a group exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery called Stratified Perspective (opened 17 April).
I am the feature artist at this year’s St Kevin’s College Art Show, opening 25 May.
Hosted by St Kevin’s College in Toorak, Melbourne, the Art Show has a long and proud history.
In 2017, the St Kevin’s Art Show was dramatically reshaped by a visual arts industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working with contemporary artists and each year, Friends of Art invite one well-known artist to present a solo exhibition as part of the Art Show.
For dates, tickets and other details, visit the St Kevin's Art Show website
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