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Walter R Sickert once wrote that "the most fruitful course of study" for the painter "lies in a persistent effort to render the magic and poetry which they daily see around them". When looking for inspiration, this quote always seems to come to Wayne's mind.
The primary aim of his painting is to capture the atmosphere and culture of the everyday environments we inhabit, as he perceives or experiences them, which is why he is continually drawn to urban, social, industrial and cultural subjects as a motif. There resides a fascination with how we are connected through a mutual experience of these shared urban spaces.
Although draughtsmanship is fundamental to the work, he doesn't necessarily wish to produce an accurate topographical documentation, but rather capture an emotive, perceptual 'sense of place'. Realism is not the intent. Working from direct observation, he creates a series of drawings and studies which are then used to design and produce finished studio paintings; not tending to use a single source of reference but refer to various sources for each painting.
Unlike photography, which records a millisecond of a particular event, he can make a number of sketches/studies over a much longer time period, from differing viewpoints, and combine them into one studio painting, allowing for an interesting interpretation of the whole scene or event. Exploring these temporal qualities is exciting to his painting process, hopefully adding a feel of movement or transition in an intuitive contemporary manner.
Born 1970 in Birmingham, England, his artistic ability was noted from an early age and he was encouraged throughout his education to explore art. After graduating art college in the West Midlands with a Diploma in Art & Design, he found a certain amount of success painting large historical works, mainly in Oils - a number of commissions for heritage buildings in England. During this period opportunities arose in commercial art, specifically Illustration and Design projects for the Advertising and Marketing industry - accumulating in him becoming Creative Director of a national Advertising and Marketing Agency. He has undertaken projects across the UK and Europe for corporations such as Coke-Cola, Disney, BBC, Film4, Sky TV, Kodak, Thomas Cook, Barclays Bank and Diageo/Guinness to name a few.
In 2004 he left the UK to sail with his wife, on their 35ft yacht 'Hitrapia', around the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Europe, rediscovering his passion for painting.
While travelling, Wayne spent an extended period in Malta, producing a body of work devoted entirely to this group of enchanting and historic Islands. He has participated in various exhibitions in Malta - presenting a solo show in Valletta and, as an invited artist, in exhibitions for the Prime Minister and President of Malta. He has also completed a number of commissions, including a painting for Dr. Austin Gatt, Maltese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications.
Returning to the UK in 2011. Undertook a 2year Artist-in-Residency for the New Street Station and Grand Central redevelopment in Birmingham 2013-2015. Elected as full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in 2015 and Vice President in 2017 (VPRBSA).
He currently splits his time between painting in England and The Mediterranean. His work is represented in private, corporate and public collections across Europe.
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