ARTIST FO­CUSES IN A NEW LIGHT

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BETTINA WAR­BUR­TON

CEL­E­BRATED photo me­dia artist Shane Fitzger­ald will open his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion So­journ to­day at Um­brella Stu­dio.

Mr Fitzger­ald is well known for his ab­strac­tion work and each is unique and highly col­lectable.

The for­mer Perc Tucker Gallery ser­vices man­ager was con­tro­ver­sially made re­dun­dant from his role last year.

“I was in a sub­stan­tial role and I de­lib­er­ately didn’t mix the lines,” he said. “I kept my per­sonal prac­tice as an artist to the side. I didn’t prac­tise while I was in such a lead­er­ship role, as my fo­cus was on de­vel­op­ing the arts of the re­gion, and that role was all en­com­pass­ing.”

Mr Fitzger­ald said since his role was made re­dun­dant, he was able to re­con­nect with his grass­roots artis­tic work. It is work that has some high pro­file peo­ple as fans.

El­ton John is a cus­tomer and he has pur­chased four of Mr Fitzger­ald’s works, rang­ing in size from a sin­gle piece to a se­ries of works.

“El­ton John read about me in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Aus­tralian Art Col­lec­tor Maga- zine which named me as one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing undis­cov­ered artists in 2004,” Mr Fitzger­ald said.

He said he was en­cour­aged to set a dead­line by Um­brella Stu­dio di­rec­tor Jonathon McBurnie by book­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Since com­mit­ting to the ex­hi­bi­tion I have taken 4500 pho­tos with about 30 that I am happy with and we have re­duced this again for this ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

Mr Fitzger­ald’s pho­tos are not cap­tured di­rectly from na­ture, but cre­ated in his stu­dio us­ing light pro­cesses. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 20.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

GRASS­ROOTS: Shane Fitzger­ald’s ex­hi­bi­tion of work, So­journ, is open at Um­brella Stu­dio.

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