Words: Maddy Matheson
Sydney’s Martin Browne Contemporary has announced representation of Victorian-based artist Andy Pye. Known for his expressive depictions of the Australian landscape, Pye explains, “I approach the Australian Bush at face value, and from inside it. There’s no hidden meaning to my work. It is the Australian Bush.” The spirit of the bush is encapsulated through Pye’s tree-dense landscapes, enlivened by the vigorous strokes of oil on canvas.
Based in Wangaratta in regional Victoria, in 2020 Pye took to the bush, painting prolifically through rain, hail and shine to highlight the devastation of the bushfires earlier in the year. Having recently completed a Masters in pedagogy and education, as well as placing a continuous emphasis on continuing his practice of bush poetry, Pye has opened up about the layers of meanings to his paintings, that are imbued with ideas surrounding society, conservation and sovereignty of land.
Keep an eye on Martin Browne Contemporary for news of Pye’s debut exhibition with the gallery.
Image: Andy Pye, Trees and Aggies front up, 2021. Oil on linen, 160 x 110cm. Courtesy: the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.