George Byrne creates large-scale photographs that depict everyday surfaces and landscapes as painterly abstractions. Borrowing from the clean, vivid clarity of modernist painting, he also references the New Topographics photography movement via a subject matter firmly entrenched in the urban everyday.
Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2011 – where he now lives and works
George Byrne creates large-scale photographs that capture crisp architectural abstractions. His imagery juxtaposes the vivid clarity of modernist painting against the New Topographics photography movement, using subject matter deeply entrenched in the urban every day.
In 2010, after extensively traveling the globe, Byrne settled and began photographing in Los Angeles. Using a medium format camera, Byrne confronts and captures the unique essence of a diverse and large city centre. His optics provide a keen aesthetic sensibility, mirroring what has become omnipresent within contemporary western visual culture.
Byrne’s photographic practice blurs the lines between documentary photography and painterly abstraction. His captured imagery illustrates a unique and authentic portrait of the urban landscape, abstracted by captivating pastel tones and textures appropriated from overlooked space. Byrne extends his practice beyond the confines of the lens, collaging photographic material, in order to assemble new semi-fictional landscapes.
Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College of The Arts in 2001. Byrne is internationally-recognized and continues his art practice in Los Angeles, CA.