Colour, depth and fluid drama is what you get in a Billy Nye painting. Her obsession with suburbia and what lies behind has led to her Olivers Hill series where Frankston life and its various shades of vibrant colour crash onto the canvas with confidence and clear intention. Nye’s work is reminiscent of Australian artist Howard Arkley and English painter David Hockney combined but with an unmistakable Frankston/Peninsula bent. Roads, water, homes and sea merge to create a visual depth where the uniqueness of living where the land meets the sea is represented through abstract expressionism. (Nye is also greatly influenced by the late American painter Richard Diebenkorn.) “Why would I ever leave the Peninsula again? Everything I need is here. I’ve lived in New York (The Hamptons) and London, but there’s nowhere in the world like the Peninsula. I think I’m on the tip of something big here. I’ve come full circle and I’m a survivor. I gave my first painting of Olivers Hill to my parents. I did that at 17. Now I just have to keep painting it in more brilliant colour!” (Nye has bi-polar disorder and actually sees everything in mega colour, which is reflected in her standout acrylic on canvas works.) She has also ‘almost’ completed a Fine Art and Visual Culture double degree at Curtin University. “Olivers Hill is the jewel of the Mornington Peninsula,” she continues, and there really is nothing quite like www.franklyfrankston.com.au
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Feisty Frankston blood pumps through Billy Nye’s veins. From a teenage girl riding to the Frankston pier to ‘do homework’ after the bell rang at Frankston High School to pulling on her Treads and floating down Olivers Hill from her parents’ Cliff Rd home to the Pier Hotel, this painter/ printmaker has travelled the world and landed right back where she likes it best – on Mornington Peninsula soil and in Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza.
reaching that crest of the hill where all of a sudden the expansive blue and white shoreline spills out before hitting Frankston town. Drop into Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza to view her drop dead gorgeous Olivers Hill series or Suburbia paintings. This art, book obsessed and art producing (in the studio, the kitchen and the dining room at home) mother of two is ready to shine. Nye is also working on a Gateway to Sorrento series, which will be showing at Manyung Gallery Sorrento over summer. MANYUNG GALLERY A: 60 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza; 6-10 Claremont Ave, Malvern (opp Malvern station); 113A Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento T: 9787 2953 W: manyunggallery.com.au
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