Art Talk | George Byrne
George Byrne's photographic work makes my heart skip a beat. Using the urban Los Angeles landscape as his canvas, George captures forms and colour into unique compositions so they have an incredible alchemy and depth. His latest exhibition, NEW ORDER, includes twelve new works, capturing new compositions of color and geometric forms on the streets of LA - once again taking the ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.
Hi George, your eye for composition is incredible - how has it developed over time? Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say – I’ve definitely always enjoyed working on composition, I find it such a mysterious art. In terms of development, I’d say over time I’ve just gotten more sure-footed and open to pushing things in slightly different more expressive directions, especially with regards to the NEW ORDER work.
"I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures of the more benign, urban and industrial spaces - I’ve seen beauty in them since I was a kid."
You find the magic in the everyday - what is it about these moments that you find so alluring? It’s hard to know exactly, I’ve always just been drawn to it. Maybe it’s the egalitarian values that were drilled into me as a kid!
"Not all urban spaces interest me in the same way - LA has a very particular combination of elements that makes it a great place to work."
What’s one theme you always return to in your work? I love the idea of reclassifying purely functional, less ‘looked at’ locations and really exploring the textures and surfaces in ways that challenge my perception.