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GEORGE BYRNE COLOR FIELD


Cover: East Hollywood Carpark 2016 Archival pigment print 147 x 120 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $4,400 unframed


GEORGE BYRNE COLOR FIELD 3 – 17 June 2017 Exhibition Opening Saturday 3rd June 2017, 2 – 4 pm


A bold, pink billboard hovers upon a surface of sky. A parking bollard offers a singular stripe of color. A wall joins a stretch of pavement; a shadow intercepts to delineate between textural grounds. Multiple balloons float, mid-air; circular repetitions of yellow amidst flanks of white and blue. A stairwell is not a stairwell but a construct of color, recession and line.

The third dimensions of buildings fall away to become flat planes, shadow-dropped surfaces with edges. Shifting light paints highlights and shadows, hinting at passing time. Street-front façades become poised simulacrum of buildings and signposts, hedges and pedestrian crossings. The subtle complexities in these works arise from a nuanced interplay of color, line, surface and texture. Byrne’s editing acts as a scalpel, collaging the city down.

In the mastery of cropping one discerns the photographic reduction of Lewis Baltz and Ellsworth Kelly. The sentiment of Robert Adams’ sense of place is present. Likewise, informed by Stephen Shore, Byrne’s works summon a certain iconicity, despite the subject matter of urban banality. Drawing from artists who redefined landscape photography with an intent to document the raw topography of things, Byrne too hones a pared-back aesthetic.

George Byrne is also a photographer influenced by painters. Dealing intricately with surface, line and texture, his Hockney-esque outlook is bold, yet refined. In his compositional exercises, echoes of Australian painter Jeffrey Smart come forth; the hallowed utility of the street. A legacy of Diebenkorn’s landscapes ghost beneath his cropping and surface treatment. Byrne seeks to capture the relationship between colors, as meditations, one field of color against another, not unlike the pursuit of mid-century painters.

Susan Joy Krieg


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Pink Desert 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


El Chavo 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Caryard 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Feder’s, The Valley 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Cahuenga 2016 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Burbank 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


99c Culver City 2016 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


99c Silverlake #3 2016 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Palm Spring #1 2016 Archival pigment print 121 x 148.5 cm Edition of 5 $4,400 unframed


Burton Way 2015 Archival pigment print 101.6 x 101.6 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $3,300 unframed


Bank Palm Springs 2015 Archival pigment print 147 x 120 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $4,400 unframed


Virgil 2015 Archival pigment print 147 x 120 cm Edition of 5 + 2AP $4,400 unframed


GEORGE BYRNE Born 1976, Sydney EDUCATION Fort St High School, Sydney 1989 – 1994 Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University 1996 - 1998 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts 1998 - 2001

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017

Color Field – OLSEN Gallery, Annexe

2017

In partnership with Halycon House and Mr Porter

2016

Local Division – Olsen Irwin Sydney

2015

Local Division - Contact Photo Los Angeles

2014

INSTANT (SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - BRISBANE)

2013

INSTA LA - HEMINGWAY AND PICKET LOS ANGELES

2009

RECOLLECTIONS - Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney

2002

ITALY - Span Gallery Melbourne

2001

ITALY - Global Gallery

2000

INDIA - New Perspectives - Global Gallery


GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016

Monograph – SOHO NYC FOCUS Photo LA – The Reef / LA Mart

2015

MY LA – Hive Gallery, Los Angeles Australian And International Contemporary Photography – Olsen Irwin Sydney

2014

ASTRAY – CHASM Gallery Brooklyn NY Other Desert Spaces – The Standard Hotel West Hollywood Los Angeles Almost Neighbors – The Know Where Bar Los Angeles

2000

DEGREES SCA Third Year Exhibition @ newspace. Yellowglen Young Photographer of the Year Traveling Exhibition. Sydney (Byron Mapp) – Melbourne – Brisbane – Adelaide.

GRANTS / AWARDS 2017

Winner HEAD ON landscape NSW Award

2016

Finalist FOCUS Photo LA

2015

Finalist HEAD ON Photo awards

2014

Finalist HEAD ON Photo awards

2012

Finalist HEAD ON Photo awards

2010

Finalist HEAD ON Photo awards

2001

$5000 Lavazza traveling scholarship

2000

2nd Place, Yellowglen Young Photographer of the Year Award

1998

2nd Place IMAGE Magazine Student Competition.

1999 .

Runner-up Sydney Morning Herald Jeffrey Smart ‘moments’ competition


PUBLICATIONS British Journal Of Photography Paper Sea LA Canvas Monster Children Focus Magazine Assemble Papers Nourished Journal LA ‘Where – Guestbook’ The MANIFESTO NO Magazine Harpers Bazaar (USA) Manifesto Magazine (Aus) if MAGAZINE Oyster Magazine REMNANTS IMAGE Magazine


GEORGE BYRNE COLOR FIELD 3 – 17 June 2017 Exhibition Opening Saturday 3rd June 2017, 2 – 4 pm

George Byrne COLOR FIELD 2017  
George Byrne COLOR FIELD 2017