Instinctual energy permeates Steve Tyerman's works. Characterised by an intense involvement in the materiality of paint they are the outcome of an intimate engagement with the environment. Although representations of specific locations, Tyerman's art communicates a visual experience beyond the strictures of traditional landscape painting. A fusion of descriptive and abstract elements, his vistas manifest a tangible presence as considerations of form, space, colour and light are resolved in the immediacy of gesture and densely textured surfaces.

"The landscape has always been central to my art. I've continually felt compelled to artistically respond to and interpret my most familiar and immediate surroundings. The paintings in my latest body of work are based on the coastal landscapes of southern Queensland and northern NSW. They are the result of spending a lot of time out in these landscapes, sketching, painting en plein air and taking photographs. The works are a culmination of these processes and experiences.

I find that I need a great deal of familiarity with a subject before I can paint it. When you get to know a place you learn something of its many moods, its light, its shapes and sounds, maybe something of its history. You see the great infinite spaces and the intimate details. With my art I want to make pictures that bring all these elements together, to make my visual and emotional experiences palpable on the canvas surface. To this end I'm always conscious of balancing two main aspects; I want the pictures to powerfully (or poignantly) evoke the subject that inspired the work but I also want the matrix of paint on the surface to be vital and alive. My aim is to create a compelling visual image in and of itself - one that exists independently of the subject. The goal is to conjure up the subject out of an accumulation of abstract marks.

I believe that if the overall image is convincing (in terms of an underlying truth) but the means are slightly unorthodox or intriguing, then the picture will have a greater chance of sustaining my interest. I like an image that tenaciously clings onto reality by the fingernails. If it somehow works, but everything tells you it shouldn't, then it must be revealing a new slice of reality. I am always trying to create a legible, evocative image by the most abstract means."

Although originally from Sydney, the widely travelled Steve Tyerman now lives and works from his studio in the Gold Coast's hinterland. He was Winner of the Inaugural APA Innovation Award - The Artist Revealed exhibition 2012 and has been a Commended Finalist in the Queensland Figurative Prize 2015 a Finalist in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007; Stan and Maureen Duke Prize 2011; Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2011; Redland Art Award 2010; Mortimore Prize 2010; Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize 2009; Highly Commended - Border Art Prize 2007 and Finalist in the Norvill Art Prize 2006. Tyerman was Artist in Residence at 'The Croydon', Centre for Art, Design and Technology, PLC Sydney 2008. His work is represented in the GCCG Collection and the PLC Collection, Sydney. He has Bachelor Degree BBCE (1st Class Hons, University Medal), UTS 1993-1997.



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