Fam­ily pas­sion shines on

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

KU­RANDA artist Didi La Baÿsse grew up around art and her pas­sion with her colou­ful, vi­brant per­son­al­ity is re­flected in her art­work.

The Tahiti born artist’s paint­ings use wide eye imag­i­na­tive de­signs to cap­ture the viewer.

Her de­signs are all unique and La Baÿsse cre­ates her paint­ings from her own com­po­si­tion and not from pho­to­graphs.

“I don’t see the point of tak­ing a photo to cre­ate an im­age,” she said.

“Be­fore I start paint­ing I do a lot of re­search. I make a col­lage of what I am paint­ing to make a unique im­age which is not just a re­pro­duc­tion.”

Strongly in­flu­enced by her artis­tic mother, La Baÿsse said it was a nat­u­ral move to be­come an artist her­self.

“She had ex­hi­bi­tions in Tahiti and I was al­ways in­volved. I would be the model of her paint­ings, at­tended her work­shops and was sur­rounded by easels my whole life,” she said.

“When my fam­ily moved to Cairns in the 1980s art re­mained my pas­sion.”

After seven years of fo­cus­ing on her fam­ily La Baÿsse is ex­cited to get back to paint­ing.

“I took some­time off but I am ex­cited to be in­volved in the art com­mu­nity again and get back into my paint­ing,” she said.

The flam­boy­ant per­son­al­ity of La Baÿsse has led to an ex­cit­ing ca­reer from be­ing an ex­tra in a movie and a Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia fi­nal­ist in 1996.

Be­ing an artist has al­ways been prom­i­nent in her ca­reer and her ex­quis­ite colour­ful paint­ings and silk scarfs are dis­played in her gallery/stu­dio in Ku­randa.

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

Ku­randa artist Didi La Baÿsse with her piece Sail­ing to the Sun­lit City at her colour­ful gallery.

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