This Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will present a special event that we are extremely proud to host. As a part of our love for growing and unearthing local, independent artists our walls have began filling with the pictures of artists, as we exhibit their works to the cartel of Speakeasy fans each week. Tomorrow night Speakeasy HQ will present an exhibition of works by one of the most talented artists that we’ve come across yet – as Amy Hynes displays her latest collection – ‘Femme Fatal’. As you will see, from the intensity, depth and technique of her style, Amy’s artistic career may only just be beginning, but we tip HUGE things for her future!
We took the stunning young master aside as she readies her canvases for this weekend’s exhibition, and asked her a stack d questions to see why makes we tick!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Amy Hynes, I live in a small costal town called Cape Patterson. Ironically, since I’m an artist and need to make a living somehow, I also work in the paint department at a local hardware shop. I’ve always been a very creative person, so therefore I spend a vast amount of time painting, re-furnishing old furniture, or redecorating my house.
How did you begin painting at a professional level?
I come from a very creative family that always allowed me to have artistic freedom. When I was in high school I shared my work with the public for the first time. That was a very positive and nurturing way to begin. I continued to produce art over the years and I now feel that this is my most serious, and expressive exhibition.
Can you talk us through your process from start to finish, from the idea, to mixing the paint to drawing out the preliminary picture to final framing?
As an artist and also a person I must be inspired by the colour and idea of my subject. Then I become motivated by a place or atmosphere that is in my life at that time. As my pieces indicate, I usually draw the female form. Through my art I express my emotions and tell my story so all the elements of my process are important in helping me tell this particular story. In this particular exhibition, each of these women represents an element of what I feel I am as a person to some extent. If you’re at the exhibition I will also be and I will be explaining the works to any who have questions.
On respect to my process; my own photography, as well as that of others, enables me to create my basic form and outline. As I mentioned, I’m very inspired by colour. So I work with bright, outrages tones. At the moment I’m drawing out the perimeters of tw notion that ‘the more colour the better’ to see how that affects my story. I use a range of paints including watercolour, acrylic and oil pastels. However I am very resourceful and have also been known to use house paint, nail polish and lipstick to give my work the tactile depth that my buyers tend to like the most. I really don’t limit myself with the materials I use. I finish off with a gloss or a resin and frame the piece.
Who were your inspirations?
Frida Kahlo is a major source of inspiration for me. I am not so much inspired by her artwork but more so by her her, her story and how I feel it affects me as my life’s story. She endured a wide range of hardship in her life. However, she continued to remain strong, unbroken, and I really admire strong women. Again I find the female figure a source of inspiration and her appearance is extremely beautiful, however in a lot of societies facial hair on women would not be considered attractive. Yet she makes it so through her overpowering confidence and self-esteem. In addition she was surrounded by and dressed in really amazing bold colour, which I find appealing.
As well as Frida Kahlo,Talouse Latrec, Vincent Van Gough and Andy Warhol would also be inspirations of mine.
What will we see at the exhibition on Saturday night at speak easy HQ?
You will see pieces from my Femme Fatal collection. These artworks are big, bold and bright!! Each tells a different story of the strength, power and beauty of women.
We can’t wait to present the exclusive exhibition of Femme Fatal at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night. Viewings of the collection, with opportunity to ask questions of Amy from 7-8pm. Your entry ticket includes the 13 act vaudeville show, and the rooftop BBQ and bar from 6. Tickets are essential as available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968