i. I work as: a photographic artist.
ii. I do this creative work because:
I honestly believe it was my destiny, from the very first day I picked up a camera I feel I was able to interpret regular things in an interesting unique way.
iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Open mindedness, curiosity, persistence, luck, durability, hard work and a splash of OCD.
Gas Station, Route 66, 2018
Echo Park, 2017
iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
Oh man…it’s all hard.
v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Guitar, song-writing, painting & drawing.
vi. Other creators who inspire you:
Whitney Houston, Patricia Treib, David Hockney, Pierre Mondrian, Helen Becher, Neil Young, Willem De Kooning.
New Order, 2017
Temple Street, 2015
vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
My art degree helped me think about and understand art, but beyond that I learned everything on the fly.
viii. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Complacency, chasing the money, ignoring the money. Surviving on your art is a very tricky balance.
ix. Some proud career moments:
My first solo exhibition at my favourite gallery in Sydney (Olsen Gallery) in 2015 was a career highlight. I was so proud and excited and I had never worked so hard in my life. It was very satisfying. Also my first show in Canada (at Bau-Xi Gallery) opened this week !
Corner Composition, Palm Springs, 2017
Hollywood Toyota, 2017
x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Create as much as you can. The only way to know what sort of artist you are is to create create create. The breakthroughs will happen.
xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
To master large format photography, get better at painting and make a movie.
xii. If you want to see my work, go to: georgebyrne.com or Bau-Xi Gallery 🙂
* Byrne is at Vancouver’s Bau-Xi Gallery until October the 27th. He’ll be giving an artist’s talk on the 27th at 2 pm. Byrne @ Bau-Xi
99C Culver City.
Header: Transparent Billboard. 2017