This painting by Luke Taaffe is called Playing in the Backyard and is part of a new exhibition in Byron.
This painting by Luke Taaffe is called Playing in the Backyard and is part of a new exhibition in Byron.

New art on old wood

The Inbetween is an exhibition at Retrospect Galleries in Byron of new works on wood by two young Australian artist/designers who share a passion for life, surf and the environment.

Luke Taaffe’s art represents a life lived by the ocean. Waves, boats, whales and octopus all make regular appearances on his colourful panels, usually taken from weathered old wooden boxes.

“I try to capture this beauty and the power and terror that the ocean can bring to our lives, which in turn is showing my respect for it,” Luke said.

Like Taaffe, Mia Taninaka juggles a successful design career with her personal art practice and surf habit.

She likes to draw and paint on found wooden objects and panels creating works inspired by her Japanese heritage.

“Eastern cultures seem to have a more holistic approach to life and the role we play in the universe,” she said.

The Inbetween opens this Friday, February 12, and there’s a free talk by the artists this Saturday morning.

For more info phone the gallery on 0409 517 738.


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