Living large on the art canvas
THERE'S more to Noel Hart's artworks than meets the eye.
The artworks, on display at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay as part of the Eyes Wide Open exhibition, are embedded with a strong message of conservation and biodiversity preservation.
With a strong background in contemporary and abstract art, and a personal interest in primitive art, Mr Hart's works are a unique combination of the very new and the very old.
"I've been interested in having a logic behind what I make, having a reason," Mr Hart said.
"With cave art in Australia, the images where you see kangaroos and barramundi and things like that, it often has to do with increase.
"I'm a firm conservationist and I thought I would apply the idea of increase in a contemporary sense to my work.
"So these works of glass are largely to do with the increase of endangered species, or an increase of biodiversity."
His enticing glass sculptures mimic the colourful plumage of endangered and extinct parrots.
Complementing the vibrant vases on display is an equally impressive array of paintings, embedded with a similar message of conservation and appreciation.
Mr Hart said the abstract paintings, depicting a smorgasbord of colourful quadrilaterals, represent particles and cells.
One painting in particular features the illusive Higgs Boson God particle.
Mr Hart said the Higgs Boson painting was a way of exploring and appreciating the origin of life on earth through his artwork.
"It's imbued with excitement about the beauty and exquisiteness of life on Earth," he said.
The exhibition also features glass collages.
Although a long time Huonbrook local, it's been over 20 years since Mr Hart's artwork has been on exhibition in Byron Bay.
What: Eyes Wide Open Exhibition
Where: Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay Library
When: Now until February 5.
More info: noelhart.com