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Much anticipated new paintings from this exciting young New Zealand artist. As a young urban New Zealand artist Tyrone Layne is painting his surroundings – peop ...

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Much anticipated new paintings from this exciting young New Zealand artist.

As a young urban New Zealand artist Tyrone Layne is painting his surroundings – peopled cityscapes which often incorporate elements of popular culture and current events. These busy urban cityscapes are snapshots of his environment where crowds of people – businessmen and women, cosmopolitan students, street buskers and vendors, tourists, office workers and families go about their daily lives.
Layne’s figures are in focus and meticulously painted and provide a wonderful window to the urban South Pacific. Bright T-shirted students and tourists, contemporary motor vehicles and architecture, neon signage – all in all the life and culture of the 21st century in detail. Layne’s work also reflects the unique cosmopolitan nature of Auckland and to this extent there is a certain element of regionalism reflected in this new series of paintings. The people, the cars and the buildings are often cropped to enhance the reality of the moving masses, the ordinary people traversing their patch of landscape in the world.
Tyrone Layne’s paintings feature well known Auckland City street scenes in the main and his latest exhibition depicts Mission Bay, Point Chevalier as well as Queen Street in Auckland. One of the Queen Street works is a wonderful work depicting the iconic Real Groovy record shop. The major work in the series, a 4 metre long triptych depicts Point Chevalier Beach. Tyrone Layne has also featured international street scenes in his work, which may appeal to visitors here for the Rugby World Cup. One painting is of Fleet Street, London, and another is of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York, where Layne recently visited. An interesting quirk to the nature of this series of works is the famous person or friend he often slips into the landscape. For the first time Layne has painted several portrait miniatures. One depicts All Black Mils Muliaina and there is even a painting of the Rugby Webb Ellis Cup. Look carefully and you may see someone you know.
In Layne’s paintings we see Auckland contemporaneously –as it really is a vibrant South Pacific city, a great addition to the very fabric of the world. This is a show not to be missed. Bring your overseas visitors who might even recognise themselves in a painting.Tyrone Layne’s “People” Exhibition opens with a Preview on Tuesday 27th September 2011. The exhibition is on view until Saturday 15th October 2011.

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