LA-based photographer George Byrne will exhibit a new series of work this weekend at Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach on NSW’s northern coast, in partnership with Mr Porter. Titled Colour Field, the exhibition is a part of the beachside boutique hotel’s new artist in residency program. Byrne, who is actor Rose Byrne’s brother, is especially fond of Tweed Heads; the images in his series were taken late last year during a brief stay.
Byrne’s work to date has mostly focused on LA’s urban landscape – painterly pastels, bright blue Californian skies, with an element of William Eggleston’s storied southern suburbia. Colour Field however, is “a combination of urban abstractions and quiet meditations on the natural landscape in and around Cabarita Beach,” he explains. “Because I had limited time, it felt a bit like a game of speed chess. I had to be decisive and instinctive and keep moving. So I just drove around from beach to beach, town to town, I stopped and took pictures of a cane sugar plant, or an old bowling club.”
Halcyon House is an hour’s drive from Brisbane and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay. The Hamptons-style, two-night art escape includes a poolside exhibition launch party on Friday evening, a la carte breakfasts, a four-course long lunch with paired wines, and a conversation on collecting art between Byrne and his Sydney gallerist Tim Olsen.
Mr Porter is providing style sessions and there’ll be a surf lesson from Hayden Cox. If the distance is a bit much, Colour Field will show in Sydney on June 3–17 at the Olsen Annexe in Woollahra.
Colour Field opens at Halcyon House on Friday May 19 and will be on exhibition until May 24.