Flood Plains
Group exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
6 March – 10 May 2020

Lake Charm VII series one
24cm h x 23cm w
Lake Charm XXIII series one
24cm h x 23cm w

Flood Plains is an eclectic collection of works and the story of the fragile ecosystem of the Murray Darling Basin – its rivers, tributaries and lakes and the vegetation, wildlife and people it supports.

The exhibition includes works from the Swan Hill Gallery permanent collection, other public collections and invited artists.

View Lake Charm monotypes.

I first saw Lake Charm around 2005. I was returning from Swan Hill where I’d had a work in the Print Award. I was surprised seeing this huge lake near Kerang in north-east Victoria. I stopped and did a couple of quick drawings and went back a few months later and did more. I thought it would make an interesting series but it wasn’t until 2017 that I finally decided the time was right.

The palm trees were intriguing, and looked so incongruous sitting there on the horizon line that I was instantly drawn to them. They were like exclamation marks in an otherwise flat landscape. I knew the landscape around Lake Charm was a gift in terms of composition. The irrigation channels created strong diagonals which balanced the horizon line, leading the viewer into the landscape, a classic compositional device.

They are romantic landscapes reflecting the transience of nature.

Wayne Viney

There will be a monotype workshop with Wayne Viney on Saturday 2 May
9.30am–4.00pm. For more information contact the Gallery on 03 5036 2430.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill, Victoria 3585

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am–5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am–4.00pm
Open 7 days during Victorian school holidays

The Lake and the Sea
Solo exhibition at Australian Galleries
3 March – 22 March 2020

Two clouds
23cm h x 24cm w
32.5cm h x 25cm w

The Lake and the Sea showcases two bodies of work, Sea and Sky and Lake Charm monotype series.

The Sea and Sky monotypes continue my practice of simplifying the landscape, working within a simple geometric format to explore the nuances of colour. I am seeking to find a balance between figuration and abstraction, tension and calm, light and darkness. The work is about the sea and the sky, the place where the sky and land, and land and water converge. It is essentially non-representational. The ambiguity of the subject matter hopefully allows the viewer to experience the image at a deep, intuitive level. 

I always saw the Lake Charm series in terms of a low horizon with a band of trees reflected in water, a relatively static image. The drama as such could then take place in the skies above; the weather, the changing light, clouds forming and storms passing. I relished the opportunity to create these rather dramatic effects. I thought of the landscape below as timeless and unchanging, while above, clouds pass, storms come and go and the seasons change – the transience of nature. This notion of the romantic landscape is something I’ve always been drawn to, working with the elements of sky, water and land. 

Monotype is my preferred medium; the interplay between ink and paper, the rich painterly effects it offers, together with the element of chance, result in a work that looks like no other. 

Wayne Viney, 2020

Australian Galleries
3 – 22 March 2020
28 Derby Street Collingwood Victoria 3066
Open 7 days 10am to 6pm
03 9417 2422

Impressions II
Contemporary prints from the Whitehorse Art Collection
3 October – 9 November 2019

Fading into evening
44.4cm h x 55.5cm w

Impressions II features works from the City of Whitehorse collection, one of the largest and most important civic collections in Victoria.

The exhibition also showcased the work of five invited artists; Wayne Viney, Senye Shen, Gwen Scott, Elizabeth Banfield and Kate Hudson.

Wayne Viney’s Sea and Sky series is a simplification of the landscape where the sea and sky meet and converge. Each work explores different nuances of colour.

The monotype Fading into evening was acquired by the City of Whitehorse.

Out of Slumber
Group exhibition at Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop
4 July – 15 September 2019

River Pine
23.2cm h x 25.6cm w
Winter Light
23.2cm h x 25.6cm w

Out of Slumber brings together, and presents, paintings and works on paper of over ten Australian artists in a celebration of movement, growth, new life and, above all, colour.

Out of Slumber opens 4 July at Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.
Address: 81 Hesse Street Queenscliff 3225 Victoria
Phone: +61 3 4202 0942
Hours: Open 7 days* from Nov 29 – Feb 24. Open 6 days from Feb 28, closed Tuesdays and between exhibitions.

*Public holidays: Open every day during Easter, Labor Day, Anzac Day (from 1pm), and Melbourne Cup. Closed Christmas day and New Year’s day.

Feature artist at the 2019 St Kevin’s Art Show
25 – 27 May 2019

Summer evening
44cm h x 59cm w

Hosted by St Kevin’s College in Toorak, Melbourne, the Art Show has a long and proud history as one of the longest running exhibitions of its type in the country.

The St Kevin’s Art Show was established in 1971 by a College parent, art lover and ‘‘artist of amateur greatness’’ Mrs Audrey Culliver. The exhibition was originally conceived to expose the work of tonal-realist landscape and still-life painters to a new audience, with the added benefit of being a fundraiser for the College. Over the years, the exhibition grew in both scale and ambition, exhibiting more than 600 artworks at its peak, and it became a sought-after event for artists from around the country.

In 2017, the St Kevin’s Art Show was dramatically reshaped by a visual arts industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working with contemporary artists. The remodeled award places greater emphasis on professional contemporary practices by emerging and early-mid career artists.

Exhibition dates
Saturday 25 May 8am – 6pm
Sunday 26 May 10am – 4pm
Monday 27 May 10am – 4pm

St Kevin’s Art Show
St Kevin’s College
31 Moonga Rd
Toorak Victoria

St Kevin’s Art Show

Stratified Perspective at Manningham Art Gallery
17 April to 11 May 2019

Sea with violet cloud II
46.4cm h x 44.2cm w
Wayne Viney at the opening of Stratified Perspective 17 April 2109
Wayne Viney and his Sea and Sky monotypes
Jenny John with some of her clay pots

A group exhibition featuring Wayne Viney, Roger Byrt, Jenny John and Jacob Leary.

Presenting works that employ layering and contrast, whether with colour, texture, material, shape and/or form. Invoking the concept of rock strata, the exhibition will engage how we perceive, identify and mark difference. It will also aim to explore how layering and the repetition of contrasting forms functions visually when within a larger whole; ultimately examining notions of harmony, order and discord as well as conventional colour relationships and patterns.

Manningham Art Gallery
687 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108

Gallery opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday
11.00am to 5.00pm

Stratified Perspective

About the land
Group exhibition at Australian Galleries
26 March – 14 April 2019

Oncoming storm II
23.3cm h x 24cm w
Blue light
23.3cm h x 24cm w
Towards evening
23.3cm h x 24cm w

About the Land features eight contemporary artists; Wayne Viney, Raymond Arnold, Dianne Fogwell, G.W. Bot, Christine Wrest-Smith, Stephanie Jane Rampton, Monique Auricchio and Kyoko Imazu.

About the Land draws parallels between exhibiting artists, positioning specific works in dialogue with one another to highlight the harmonies and contrasts in these diverse responses to the natural environment.

Positioning landscape as the central subject in their practice, each artist in About the Land communicates their individual perspective and unique technical expertise through a shared source of inspiration.

The sublime essence of nature is eloquently conveyed through abstract forms, as each artist sets down their response to the natural world through a highly personal lens.

Wayne Viney’s monotypes convey the visceral experience of the landscape through tone, texture and bold silhouettes.

About the Land will provide events every Saturday throughout the exhibition, including artist talks, collaborative demonstrations and live drawing in the gallery. Exhibition current until 14 April 2019.

About the Land

Singular Impressions 2013-14
Retrospective touring exhibitions of monotypes from 1982 to 2010

Opening at Castlemaine Art Gallery. From left: Dr Wendy Garden, Dr Thomas Middlemost, Wayne Viney, Jennifer Kalioinis.
Wayne Viney with the Dan McOwan, Director Hamilton Art Gallery in 2014.
Wayne Viney at Hamilton Art Gallery.

Curated by Dr Wendy Garden, Singular Impressions featured 57 monotypes dating from 1982 to 2010. The exhibition was accompanied by a full colour catalogue, Singular Impressions: Monotypes by Wayne Viney. View works from Singular Impressions

The exhibition toured five regional galleries.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery – 13 June to 11 August 2013
Maroondah Art Gallery – 29 August to 12 October 2013
Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn – 14 January to 22 February 2014
Castlemaine Art Gallery – 1 March to 13 April 2014
Hamilton Art Gallery – 9 July to 31 August 2014

Mono Uno
Touring exhibition of Australian monotypes

Curator talk by Dr Thomas Middlemost, Albury Art Gallery 2012.

Mono Uno toured regional galleries from 2009 to 2012. Featuring Australian monotypes from the collection of Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, it was curated by Dr Thomas Middlemost. A full colour catalogue, Mono Uno: Australian Monotypes from the Charles Sturt University Collection, accompanied the exhibition.

Survey exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery 2012
Monotypes from 1994 to 2003

Wayne Viney at Orange Regional Gallery, 2012.

A survey exhibition of 48 monotypes curated by the director of Orange Regional Gallery, Alan Sisley. View works.