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Part of 21st century living is Urban Living and in these times most live in big cities. The days of happily living in small rural towns is almo ...
Part of 21st century living is Urban Living and in these times most live in big cities. The days of happily living in small rural towns is almost part of history and this is a worldwide phenomena, a phenomena which young artist Tyrone Layne is vitally interested in.
“I paint large groups of people which reflect and capture a Culture. These people and their surroundings can become symbols or motifs of what determines or shapes a nation. These paintings I hope also celebrate in the main the New Zealand urban environment where I live and paint” says Tyrone Layne.
Layne graduated in Design, majoring in Painting in 2007. As a developing figurative artist Layne has moved gradually from a surrealist style of dreamy figurative cloudscapes and seascapes to more realistic depictions of peopled landscapes. British Painter, Laurence Stephen Lowry’s 20th century depictions of the teeming masses hurrying from Manchester factories to train stations had little kinship with urban New Zealand, but comparisons could be made with these 21st century antipodean streetscapes.
Both artists have depicted local people, some real, some imagined, going about their business in a real place. In Layne’s case we see pedestrians crossing in unison at four Auckland city intersections, a crowded beachscape, busy art gallery openings and the hypothetical work ‘Nightmare at the Britomart Train Station’ which is a nod to one of Layne’s influences the Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel. The people are more ‘symbols’ or ‘motifs’ of humanity, but their presence is relevant, real and topical.
Figurative painting has experienced a revival in the last 30 years but many late 20th century New Zealand painters reveal in the main un-peopled landscapes & artists such as Don Binney, Michael Smither, Graham Sydney, Bill Sutton, Brent Wong, Peter Siddell followed McCahon’s tradition of by-passing the figurative aspect to the environment.
The younger generation are inextricably linked to an urban culture, living in a millennium where modern communication means travel is reduced and children live and grow up in cities. More artists indicate their work is heavily influenced by this urban environment and ‘big city’ lifestyle.
Nevertheless, painting highly detailed paintings with over 100 figures, takes time. These meticulous paintings take months to complete and Layne’s second exhibition will only total around 12 paintings.
‘Being represented by a Gallery in New York is a dream and a serious goal’ says Layne. ‘I have projected a future vision onto canvas of my opening night at a world class dealer gallery in New York, specifically Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea and New York. Another depicts the opening of a group show of leading artists in Karangahape Road in Auckland’.
Layne has set goals for the future and if his dedication and patience pays off – who knows – he might achieve them.
1985 Born, Auckland, New Zealand (07/06/1985)
Painting the heart of New Zealand youth through the changing times of a new world Vision, Hope, Culture, Painter of people for the people
Bachelor of Design degree at UNITEC majoring in Painting. Completed in 2007
2007 New Paintings at Studio 14, UNITEC, 17th of September
2009 Reasonable Doubt, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2010 Longer Hotter Summer, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2011 People, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2012 1st London Exhibition, Park Road, Crouch End, London, UK
2012 Made in London, 147-149 Farringdon Rd, London, UK
2014 This is Auckland, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland NZ
2007 UNITEC Graduation show, building 1, 28th of November 2007
2007 FYP group graduation show, James Wallace Trust Gallery, 6th of December 2007
08/09 Summer Catalogue Group Exhibition. Warwick Henderson Gallery
2009 REAL and UNREAL (An exhibition of Surrealists). Warwick Henderson Gallery
2009 Autumn Catalogue group exhibition. Warwick Henderson Gallery
2009 Auckland Art Fair. Warwick Henderson Gallery
2009 Wallace Art Awards- Salon des Refus&eacute;s. The James Wallace Arts Trust Gallery
2010 Group Show/Book Launch for ‘NZ Gallery- by Denis Robinson’ Harrisons Gallery, Tauranga
2010 Team McMillan BMW Art Award, Team McMillan BMW showrooms, 7 Great South Road, Newmarket. NZ
2011 Auckland Artfair, NZ
2013 Troll Im Dachgeschoss, Bucker Project Space, Berlin, Germany
2013 Amalgam, george contemporary art & design, 338 Hackney Rd, London, UK
Reviews & Publications:
Disco Underworld, March 2009 (Online Magazine).
ARTNews New Zealand, Spring 2009, A Brush with Urban Culture.
People power X100, Aucklander, 5th November 2009.
NZ Herald Review by TJ McNamara, Saturday 7th November 2009.
Threaded no.8 (Design Magazine), Spring 2009.
Disco Underworld Gold Edition, Summer 2009.
New Zealand Gallery, compiled by Denis Robinson, 2010, p. 83, work featured on cover of book.