MIST GALLERY presents STEVE TYERMAN – Breathing Space & LAINE WALKER – Someone, Somewhere in the Summertime. Opening Fri 8 July 5pm -7pm
Breathing Space ~ Steve Tyerman
The title of my exhibition ‘Breathing Space’ refers to the revitalising effects of being out in nature or in the landscape and how important this is both to my art practice and on a personal level. I don’t necessarily need vast open spaces to feel at ease but being outdoors and away from the ‘built up’ areas definitely recharges my batteries and inspires me creatively. While I wouldn’t describe myself as being claustrophobic, I don’t like to feel hemmed in and I’m not a big fan of being in crowds, which is why my landscapes and seascapes rarely depict humans. The ultimate getaway or escape from day-to-day life is the unpopulated paradise, the empty beach or the deserted island, the remote and idyllic landscape, basically to have the whole place to yourself. My paintings reflect this escapism, they are a celebration of nature, of the Australian landscape and its fascinating flora and fauna.
Someone, Somewhere in the Summertime ~ Laine Walker
‘Someone, Somewhere in the Summertime’ is a body of work based on memories, feelings and experiences and inspired by the joys of summer, living in the Australian bush and longing to live by the ocean. The title of my exhibition comes from one of my favourite songs by Simple Minds from the 80’s. I remember this era fondly growing up in Scotland, not just the music but the freedom and fun of doing mostly what you wanted and going to places we loved. This song resonates with me for those reasons but also reflects the child-like joy and fascination I experience in things like flowers, wildlife, the beach, the ocean and all its coral and underwater creatures. I want my paintings to be joyful and uplifting.