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NEW YORK STUDIO | LIZA LACROIX.

Meet the Montreal born, New York based, OTOMYS artist Liza Lacroix.

As OTOMYS prepares to head to America this week, we reflect upon the last time we were in the USA; visiting Liza Lacroix in her New York Studio.

Follow us into Lacroix’s realm of gestural movement, bold strokes, dark hues, soft pastels and abstract figures.

‘I exalt in the aura that comes both from the historical prominence of painting and from its potency as an emotional object. Throughout the painting process, I am compelled by the heightened subconscious and intuitive possession that takes hold as a painting comes together, component by component, stroke by stroke. I am open to chance, accidents and awkward colour juxtaposition. I place the agency of the painting materials above personal intentions for storytelling; the paint has a life of its own.’

‘While my influences are drawn from the canon of abstraction, I reject the dichotomy between figuration and abstraction. I prefer to refer to my work as abstract figurative painting. Using large canvases and a rich but muted colour palette, I create soft but arresting paintings using texture, wide strokes and watery oils. I often use reference material that contains images of humans, a practice in line with the history of abstract painting. I push my abstraction to a place where it becomes almost entirely non-respresentational – but it must still maintain a human presence. I wish to always maintain a trace of humanity.’

Liza Lacroix | Brooklyn Studio

VIEW | Liza Lacroix’s work at OTOMYS. Beyond the Online Gallery, we share access to Lacroix’s NYC art portfolio and facilitate commissioned projects. Facilitating commissioned projects is a very rewarding part of our work at OTOMYS. Representing both client and artist, we seek to deliver the most unique work for the specific space, whilst honouring the integrity of the artist. Schedule a Liza Lacroix appointment | studio@otomys.com

Further Reading –

Liza Lacroix | Liza Lacroix x OTOMYS

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Meet Oliver Tanner | The newest addition to the Stable.

LIQUID BRONZE | Rendering bronze into forms that seem to defy the nature of the material itself.

 

Let us introduce you to the work of Oliver Tanner; a graduate of the National Art School in Sydney and the newest member to the OTOMYS stable. Since graduating four years ago, Oliver has embarked on his journey as a practicing artist and designer; exhibiting both Nationally and Internationally, as well as completing studies at the New York Studio School, USA and residencies at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China.

 

  

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Oliver’s skill and ingenuity presents an exploration of traditional techniques and emerging technologies. In order to produce fluid forms, organic shapes and tactile textures from cast liquid bronze. The seemingly unimaginable is created!

Presented in a number of private and public collections throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, OTOMYS is thrilled to house and share the work of Oliver Tanner. Get to know Oliver Tanner yourself, as we discuss the life of an artist, creative pursuits and matters of the heart.

 

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Where is home? Home is Sydney, although I spent a year living in Berlin which resulted in having a 4 metre sculpture commissioned for the Bei Wu Sculpture Park there.

Where do you holiday? I just got back from a holiday to New York, I love going places where the best art and culture is happening all around you.

What do you hope for? I’m someone who loves to build things and work with my hands. I was taught to weld by artist Bronwyn Oliver who’s mantra was to ‘master your medium’, much of my work is about trying to understand the possibilities of the materials I work with and push them to the limit of what’s possible.

 

 

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When do you feel most like yourself? When I’m in the studio, in the flow of making something and am lost in the process.

How do you resemble your parents? They both have a passion for the arts, their interest was one of the ways I first begun to be interested in a career in this field.

How would you describe your journey as an artist? A fortunate one, through some chance encounters I have had the chance to work under and learn from some really talented individuals like Bronwyn Oliver and Martin Sharp.

How would you describe your work? I believe the best ideas are the simple ones, realised with elegance. Everything I do aspires to realise something simple, yet unexpected, that tells the viewer something about not only the artwork but the material it is made from.

 

Oliver Tanner | Liquid Bronze Series

 

Have you got other passions? I tinker, I build things, I help others build their projects, I’ve always liked solving problems and figuring things out, this is why my art is the way it is, but also dictates much of the rest of my life.

Have you got a favourite book? I listen to endless audiobooks, podcasts and music while I work, there’s something meditative to being busy with your hands while your mind is filled with new ideas.

Who inspires you? Many people, from artists I studied with, those I worked under and the greats who’s work I’ve most recently seen in museums in New York. Anish Kapoor is a constant influence who’s idea’s about materials and form always kickstart new ideas.

 

 

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Not ready to go? Have one last minute with Oliver Tanner in his Sydney Studio..

 

COMMISSIONS  – The first series of sculptural work by Oliver Tanner sold instantly. If you’d like to house one of these original works prior to Christmas please send through your expression of interest in order to ensure this is achieved. Commissions will be taken up until mid September – studio@otomys.com.

 

Further Reading –

New York Studio SchoolRed Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

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Bronwyn OliverNational Art School, Sydney

 

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10 Questions with Artist Mark Roper

If Mark Roper wasn’t already on your radar, he most definitely is now. Originally hailing from the UK, Melbourne based Mark Roper isn’t just an artist, but a brilliantly versatile creative. With an extensive portfolio including food, travel, lifestyle and interior photography for both editorial and commercial projects, he is undoubtedly well regarded in his industry. However, Mark’s latest venture was one of a more personal journey.

Chronicles got talking to Mark fresh from the opening night of his new photography series ‘Arcane’.  In his limited edition debut collection of 8 Archival Lustre prints exhibited at Otomys gallery and online, Mark uses Polaroid film to explore the relationship between old and new, light and dark, chemical and digital.

Otomys: Tell us a little about your background, what did you study and what led you to where you are today?

  • Mark: I studied film and photography in the south west of the UK. I was originally going to take the path of film making but found I enjoyed the photography part of the course more, so ended up specializing in that.

Otomys: What 3 words best describe your work?

  • Mark: Moody, Layered, Mysterious

Otomys: What inspired your shift from traditional photographic work to polaroids, which forms your new ‘Arcane’ series?

  • Mark: My editorial and commercial work is all shot digitally. I love the control and precision of digital photography but missed the unpredictability of film, especially Polaroid.

Otomys: What did you love about experimenting with polaroids?

  • Mark: With Polaroid, when you peel back the film you’re never 100 percent sure what the outcome will be. The more I experimented with the structure and the chemicals in the Polaroid, the more unpredictable it became. I manipulated the chemicals found in the film with a number of different elements which produced new and interesting results.

Otomys: Can you give us a little insight into the creative process behind the ‘Arcane’ collection? Was there an intended message behind this work?

  • Mark: There’s no set message behind the work, I think they are the kind of pieces that people will connect with in different ways. I started my career shooting on film and Polaroid so I was excited to get back to my photographic roots. I’d been sitting on the idea for a while so am very excited it’s all come to fruition!

Otomys: What’s next for Mark Roper?

  • Mark: Now that Arcane is complete it’s inspired a lot more ideas. I’d like to complete a series using a mix of mediums, not just photography. Hopefully I can finish the idea by early next year.

Otomys: What would be your dream creative project?

  • Mark: My dream creative project would be to work with an interior designer and creative artworks for a hotel fitout

Otomys: Where do you currently call home?

  • Mark: I live in Caulfield, Melbourne. It’s a quiet suburb that is still close to everything with great parks and cafes.

Otomys: Can you share with us any best-kept-secret locations in a favourite neighbourhood around here?

  • Mark: There’s a great little cafe called Next Of Kin in Elsternwick which does fantastic breakfasts and coffee.

Otomys: What does a typical Saturday look like for you?

  • Mark: A typical Saturday for me, if I’m on top of all my work, involves a lie in, a couple of coffees and then spending the day with my wife Deb and kids Jack and Ella. We like to head out for lunch at our local or down to the park or the beach.

Arcane – by Mark Roper (free entry)
Otomys Gallery 567-569 
Victoria Street (corner of Duke Street) 
Abbotsford, VIC 
Gallery OPEN Thursdays and Fridays 10 – 5pm or by appointment any other day .

(Images courtesy of Mark Roper)

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Q&A with Australian Artist: Diana Watson

Humble, hard-working and taking on Hollywood, established artist Diana Watson talks to Chronicles about her hometown Sydney and her latest collection of work; Ambrosia.

Acclaimed for her hyper-realistic large-scale floral murals, particularly “those” roses, Sydney-based artist Diana Watson’s work fuses art with the utmost consideration for interior décor. From restaurants to residential homes to the Hollywood set of recent film ‘Collateral Beauty’ (starring Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Will Smith) Diana Watson is fast becoming a household name.

Diana’s latest exhibition ‘Ambrosia’ opens 4th May 2017 at Otomys Gallery in Melbourne.

Otomys: You’ve had an impressive career in art spanning over 20 years. Can you tell us a little bit about the path that led you to here, have you always painted large-scale murals? 

  • Diana: It all came about after my Mother once let me paint a very large blue horse on the kitchen wall when I was about ten years old, which ignited my passion to paint. After studying art I actually went on to work in advertising and it was not until after having my daughters that I started exhibiting my work. I have always enjoyed painting large canvases, and the large flower murals came about with digital technology which allowed me to enlarge my paintings to wallpaper size.

Otomys: We’d love to know what inspired your latest body of work ‘Ambrosia’? 

  • Diana: I was delighted when Otomys approached me about my ‘Nova’ series. After years of concentrating on nature I wanted to start exploring my other interest; fabric.  I’ve always enjoyed sewing and the challenge of painting folds of intricate fabric.  It was incredible to finally combine these two elements through colour to form an interesting body of work. With beauty being the focus ‘Ambrosia’ seemed a fitting title.

Otomys: How did it feel when Warner Bros approached you to feature your artwork in the recent film ‘Collateral Beauty’? 

  • Diana: Naturally that was an unforgettable moment to think that Warner Bros in Hollywood had noticed my work . However,  the actual frame including my work was a rather fleeting moment in the film.

Otomys: What would your dream creative project look like? 

  • Diana: I have always liked the idea of designing film sets. It would be a amazing to design and paint large-scale murals for a production situ.

Otomys: What’s next for Diana Watson?

  • Diana: Painting is one of those things that can last your whole life and I certainly have no intention of ever stopping. Living in Italy or France is also up high on my bucket list…

SYDNEY QUESTIONS:

Otomys: How long have you been calling Sydney home?

  • Diana: We came to live in Sydney from Perth back in 2000. I can’t believe we’ve been here 17 years!

Otomys: Where would we find you on a typical Saturday in Sydney?

  • Diana: If I haven’t got a deadline to meet? Then, spending time with my family is what I cherish.

Otomys: You must have some secret Sydney spots….any that you’re willing to tell share with us?

  • Diana: Kirribilli has two unique coffee shops. One is at the Wharf (conveniently) downstairs from our apartment and the other is the Flying Bear which is aptly named after the Sydney Flying Squadron. Both wonderful settings to sit and enjoy a good coffee while watching over the water.

Otomys: What was the last momentous meal you had in Sydney?

  • Diana: Christmas dinner at Blueys Beach.  My family love cooking meals together and we have created a long standing tradition with our daughters where we spend almost all year talking about and planning Christmas together. When it finally comes around, we spend the entire week celebrating and eating our way through all the amazing meals.

Otomys: Do you have a favourite Sydney neighbourhood and why?

  • Diana: We landed in Kirribilli more by accident than anything, but it has turned out to be a great place to live!  We have made some wonderful friends and there is a close-knit community spirit in our building. Notably, the harvest of our olive tree and the street party at Christmas time are both highlights in our neighbourhood.

Photo credits: Julie Adams 

JOIN US! Thursday 4th May at 5.30pm for our special Champagne & Ambrosia event in the gallery.

Ambrosia – by Diana Wastson 4th May –26th May 2017 (free entry)
Otomys Gallery 567-569
Victoria Street (corner of Duke Street)
Abbotsford, VIC
Gallery open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment any other day.

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Otomys in Europe: Life and Style with Director Nikki Finch.

After 15 years of living abroad, Otomys UK Director Nikki Finch and her family recently relocated to the UK and home has now become the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.  Set in the rolling countryside of the South Western county of Somerset, Bath is a town best known for its natural Roman-era hot springs, 18th-century Georgian architecture home to famed 18th century writer Jane Austen.

Independent, creative, unique and classed as a designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, tourists flock to Bath all year-round. Many come to experience the infamous Baths and breathtaking 7th century gothic Abbey which are built from Bath’s remarkable honey-coloured stone. This is the stone that founded Bath’s trademark architecture and continues to deliver a sense of elegance and history that will forever set Bath apart from its neighbours. After the Abbey, the Royal Crescent and The Circus are top spots for taking in this Georgian architecture and undoubtedly one of the most photographed parts of town!

(Top to bottom: Bath’s Pulteney Bridge and famous Bath stone architecture)

For Nikki though, it was no easy decision to finally depart from her contrasting Asian shores and head towards the UK “As a family, we have always been so stimulated by the buzz and slightly chaotic nature of living in developing countries.  However, we knew it was time to settle down for a few years and allow our teenage children the chance to experience a European culture.”

Nikki and her family are loving the change in pace having fun exploring their new surroundings. Nikki’s Bath highlights include:

Nikki admits that “The surrounding villages and countryside is equally charming.  I have become a regular visitor at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – who have created a wonderfully creative hub for art enthusiasts and guest speakers that bring the community together. The gallery hosts exhibitions by internationally renowned artists so there is always an excuse to come back regularly”

(Top to bottom: Scenes from Hauser & Wirth in Somerset)

Nikki goes on to explain that “My parents were a great influence in my appreciation and love of art.  From a young age, we visited art galleries, auction houses and museums.  They always liked to change the art on the walls at home, depending on the season.”

Now based close by in Belgium’s Antwerp, Nikki’s parents provide the best excuse (like she needs one!) to jump on the Eurostar on a Friday evening for a long weekend visit. In the culturally rich, ancient city of Antwerp you’re never far from a Rubens’ Flemish Baroque masterpiece in the Belgian artist’s home town. However, most recently Nikki agrees that with his incomparable eye and keen sense of beauty, renowned interior designer Axel Vervoordt has put Antwerp back on the map in a more contemporary way. “In the last 10 years, Antwerp feels like it has evolved into modern city, seamlessly fusing the old with the new. It’s well worth the visit if your Europe bound!”

Nikki’s favourite Antwerp activity? “It has to be browsing through the beautiful homewares and fashion at Graanmarkt 13 . A remarkable concept developed by the owners, Tim and Ilse and described as having ‘a white facade, 3 floors, 14 windows, a balcony and an open door’ it’s a traditional townhouse in the centre of town renovated by Vincent Van Duysen, – one of Antwerp’s best architects.” This exquisite building is divided into a fabulous restaurant, a curated high end design store and luxurious apartments on the top level.

(Top to bottom: Graanmrkt 13’s apartment & a selection of delicacies from the restaurant. Images courtesy of Frederik Vercruysse)

In between exploring her new home in Bath and regular design trips to Antwerp, we asked our UK ambassador Nikki, what she has lined up for Otomys “We have so many exciting plans for Otomys UK this year! I’m just about to launch our gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in London this month.  Along with this, we’re working on expanding our collection to include both some exciting artists AND new art forms -so keep an eye out for features and on our facebook or Instagram.”

“Finally establishing our UK arm means Otomys art will now be accessible to a much wider European audience and I’m so excited to be part of the vibrant London Art Scene and Otomys new endeavour. It’s going to be our best (and busiest) year yet!”

Stay in the loop and follow our journey abroad on Instagram and facebook.

Thank you Nikki, for letting us peek into your new design-led lifestyle- we can’t wait to hear and see more soon!

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6 Gifts Director Megan is Coveting This Season

For the team at Otomys, Summer is undoubtedly one of the most glorious and festive times of the year. 2016 has been a non-stop hectic ride for our Melbourne based gallery and it’s finally time to kick back and celebrate before the New Year rolls around and we do it all over again!

In our Director Megan’s Melbourne home, Christmas day is all about spending quality down time with her husband, their two teenage girls and extended family and friends. For her it’s a day spent celebrating, eating (including plenty of her family’s secret recipe Christmas Pudding!) drinking and hopefully soaking up some sunshine. Megan explains “More than anything else, I just love that Christmas makes me stop and take a moment to remember how important my family and friends are to me and to reflect on all the special moments the year has bought us. I’m always so busy that it’s a nice excuse to finally come up for some air- and some champagne!”

That said, Christmas is also time of giving, and although we’d all love to gift our nearest and dearest something bespoke, beautiful and thoughtful the hunt for that joy-inducing gift isn’t always so sublime. So, we quizzed Megan on what she’s coveting this season. We hope you find some gift-giving inspiration in our curated edit below…


A Philip Low Acrylic Sculpture– or two! Dazzling when it catches the light.


Byredo Ambre Japonais Candle– my epitome of luxury.


2005 Arras Tasmanian Rosé– an elegant, local drop to reign in the new year with.


A Kayu St Tropez pompom-embellished woven seagrass tote– the perfect beach accessory this Summer!


Ocula Conversations Book– a poolside read, for my fix on all things art inspired.

And lastly, tickets to La Biennale di Venezia – I’m dying to tick this off my bucket list this coming Spring 2017!


From all the team at Otomys, Thank You to all our readers, clients, friends of the gallery and suppliers for all your support throughout 2016. Have a wonderful break and we look forward to catching up in the new year! .

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Rebecca Jones’ Coast Exhibition at Otomys

Artist Rebecca Jones’ love for the ocean goes deep. Exploring the intoxicating notions of movement, colour and space by the seaside, Rebecca takes us on a saltwater journey to the beach with her latest installation; Coast.

Having completed studies with The New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture and the University of South Australia, Melbourne-based Rebecca Jones has been a full-time practicing artist since 2005. Known for integrating innovative technology, such as the iPad, to enhance traditional techniques, her work echoes the Australian landscape, light and colour. And Coast is no exception.

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Exploring the Australian land and seascape with her upcoming collection, Rebecca explores her long standing connection to the sea and sand, explaining that “The beach is a place where people relax into the surroundings, shedding their clothes, inhibitions and pretensions. The act of floating in the water, where the swimmer and water become one encourages this state of mind, which is continued on land with the bodies melting into, and conforming to the shapes of the sand”. Her response to these beachside activities is a transformation into a series of two interwoven works. The first, exhibiting liberal applications of radiant watercolours in an array of transparent, fluid strokes. The second is a series of bolder contoured lines that meet to form abstract bodies, devoid of any detail. The contrasting result creates a beautiful Summer story.

Rebecca reveals, “Drawing is my response to everyday experiences. To either capture a moment or mood in a few lines, or work a drawing extensively, the outcome must be the same: the drawing needs to relate, and be authentic, to the experience”. Each piece is painted entirely from memory, capturing the salty scene in a ‘spirit of the moment’ rather than an exact person or a recognisable place. Rebecca hopes the Coast installation will “trigger memories of saltwater and sun on the skin, sand underneath your feet and all the freedom that the beach brings.”

With the Australian Summer months nearly upon us, we can’t think of any better way to immerse (and submerse) yourself in Rebecca’s light, fresh and invigorating colours from the coastline.

Coast – by Rebecca Jones 18th November – 9th December 2016 (free entry)

Otomys Gallery 567-569
Victoria Street (corner of Duke Street)
Abbotsford, VIC
Gallery open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment any other day.

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How To: Create A Gallery Wall

Charles Saatchi once declared “When you see something special, something inspired, you realise the debt we owe great curators and their unforgettable shows – literally unforgettable because you remember every picture, every wall and every juxtaposition.”

We think there is something inspiring to be said about curating our own personal collections and displaying them between the four walls of our own homes. It’s obvious how profoundly influenced we are by the spaces we inhabit and through the art we choose to surround ourselves with. Have you ever noticed what a difference artwork makes to the ambience of a room and how shifting a piece around your home can alter the entire mood of the space?

With the seasonal transition into Spring well and truly upon us, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to consider reinvigorating our humble abode with a gallery wall. Not only can we make a stylish statement, we can transform the space we live in. From full floor-to-ceiling compositions to a more minimalist grouping, creating your own gallery might sound a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

We enlisted the guidance of Melbourne based patronage to the art world: Barbara Hermon. An Australian household name synonymous with her intrepid interior style, quality for craftsmanship and an avid art collector alongside her husband John. Barbara invited us inside her Melbourne home and talked us through her personal experience on selecting different mediums, laying it out and hanging it up.

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Otomys: How do you go about gaining the inspiration to begin putting a collection together? 

  • Barbara: We don’t enlist a ‘theme’ as such, because we have such a varied collection of artwork and items, a lot being accumulated from my travels through the world over the past 45 years! Some of the larger pieces do take pride of place due to their size though.

Otomys: Do you have any tips for choosing frames when grouping artwork together?

  • Barbara: No, I personally don’t mind a mixture of different frames together, but of course my general rule is that they each need to be of a high quality to ensure the artwork is well housed.

Otomys: Do you think certain compositions work best in certain spaces? 

  • Barbara: As you will see from the images of my home, the size of the artwork or the space, really defines what composition will best suit each space. In some cases I have created a theme, sometimes applying a dominant colour- such as red, my favourite! However, I do like larger works to take the lead but it all just depends on how much I love the piece and how much I just have to have it- then a place will be found for it to belong on the wall not matter what its size!

Otomys: Do you aim to achieve balance & symmetry with each composition?

  • Barbara: I think there has to be a certain amount of balance, but it also depends on what furniture sits below or around it.

Otomys: Are there any general rules of thumb to measuring out how each piece sits next to one another? 

  • Barbara: We have been lucky to enlist the help of the talented Jasper Inskip over the years. He has a brilliant eye as to the placement of each piece. I choose the collection/story and Jasper then sets out the plan, all the while discussing the composition of each piece with me along the way.

Otomys: As far as tools go, what would we need to create a gallery wall? 

  • Barbara: I trust the expert, Jasper. A word of advice for renovators though; we had to remove a wall of artwork recently due to renovations and Jasper reminded me to take a photo of the placement, making it infinitely easier to return to the wall to its former glory!

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Artwork pictured above includes pieces by artists; Ivana Perkins, Marco Luccio, Alex Rowland, Robbie Perkins, Isabelle, Kim Barter, Judy Holding, DLK & Joshua Yeldham. For more information on certain pieces please ask us in the comments section below. 

Otomys would like to thank Barbara for her contribution to Chronicles and for her ongoing support of the both Otomys Gallery and the Australian art scene.

For more daily inspiration follow Otomys on Pinterest. Images below all via Coco Lapine Design.

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Warnes

The process Chris Warnes uses for his fine art photography tells as much of a story as his final image does. This British born artist’s path to photography began in Art Direction and Advertising. Warnes now lives near Sydney’s Manly beach with his young family and he has successfully turned his passion for being behind the lens into a career.

Inspired by the simplicity of capturing a moment suspended in time, Warnes describes his latest photographic series; Wet II, as “An abstract take on the ocean, using light, reflection and the subtle colours of water”.

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Warnes explores the unique landscape of the ocean the old school way- with a Hasselblad camera. He tells us “Film is an especially great medium to work with, the grain gives it more of an organic feel and ultimately more softness and depth.”

Warnes admits that he loves nothing more than watching water in motion and the huge storms that surged the Australian coastline earlier this year were no exception. He witnessed an awesome opportunity to capture these moments and illustrate the breathtaking force of nature.

We asked Warnes how he manages to plan shots during such an unpredictable process “I visualise an idea or image in my mind and then I spend time working out how to capture it. Sometimes I capture it exactly, other times I capture something different, that was actually better than what I had visualised” explains Warnes.

These incredibly calming images explore the essential components of photography, revealing new and exciting ways of experiencing the visual, spatial and momentary virtues of our Australian coastline.

Warnes aesthetic reveals the volatile beauty of each shot, but of course, he has to wait for the film to be developed before he knows for sure…

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A triptych from Wet II will be exhibited in the gallery as part of the upcoming group exhibition:

Sounds & Silence 
6th October until 12th November 2017
Otomys Gallery
567-569 Victoria Street (corner of Duke Street)
Abbotsford, VIC
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Q&A with Interior Designers: We Are Huntly

There’s no denying that We Are Huntly (WAH) are top of our list as one to watch. This multi-disciplinary, Melbourne based interior studio of six, have been clocking up some impressive design credentials. Most recently earning themselves the prestigious title of Emerging Design Practise at the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Otomys caught up with founding directors Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm to get their take on the relationship between art, design and the detail in-between.

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Otomys: How did WAH come about?
Kylie + Alicia: Prior to We Are Huntly, we both worked at high end Melbourne based interior design firms. We studied together and followed a similar career path maintaining a great respect for each others design aesthetic along the way.

Otomys: What are you currently working on?
Kylie + Alicia: A really great variety of projects!

  • A Wellness Studio in Prahran – Sum Of Us
  • A name local café for Armadale – Moby 3143
  • A handful of residential projects, amongst them a stunning Art Deco Apartment in South Yarra.
  • An executive office
  • Multi Residential development in Mornington

….this and more!

Otomys: What influences WAH’s overall design aesthetic?
Kylie + Alicia: All aspects of life! From Art and fashion to random objects or the texture of the pavement. We are always hunting for inspiration from unique and unexpected sources.

To us, beauty is not only found in the way something looks, but also in the way it works. Every aesthetic decision should be grounded by purpose, so that we can create a space that we would want to be in, live in, work in; not just look at.

We’re focused on the details. After all, that’s what makes up the bigger picture.

Otomys: How important is art when considering the design of a space?
Kylie + Alicia: Art can be introduced into the space once the interior has been completed, or alternatively if it is existing it can be the one thing that drives the space. No matter what order, the scale and consideration of its placement is critical.

Otomys: Is there an approach WAH takes when selecting art in relation to a project? Does this influence your method of work?
Kylie + Alicia: Art is subjective and we value many different styles and a variety of artist’s work. We will work with our clients to select the most appropriate piece for the space but also ensure it is something they really love.

Otomys: WAH have already built an impressive portfolio, have there been any stand out projects/clients to date?
Kylie + Alicia: Thank you! A couple of our favourite projects are:

  • Richmond Residence – for its unique sensibility and fabulous client
  • The Penny Drop – Due to the holistic approach of the project team and the execution of one big idea.

Otomys: Which artist(s) or creative thinker(s) do you find inspiring?
Kylie + Alicia: In no particular order a few of the people that inspire us are:

  • Piero Lissoni
  • Ryue Nishisawa
  • Studio Peppe
  • Aparatus studio
  • Victoria and Woods
  • Alain Capeilleres
  • Brooke Holm 

Otomys: What about your own homes? Do you have any favourite pieces?
Kylie + Alicia: There are many pieces on our wish list that we hope to add to the collection eventually!
Kylie: I have a timeless piece from Wendy Stavrianos that I love.

Otomys: Lastly, what advice do you have for readers looking to invest in a piece of artwork? 
Kylie + Alicia: Invest in pieces for life and ensure you love it.

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Huge thanks to Kylie and Alicia for sharing their design insight with us. Want more? Head over to their website: http://www.wearehuntly.com.au and watch this space!

Photography credit: Brooke Holm