Education: Bachelor of Design degree at UNITEC- Auckland, major in Painting. 2004-2007. Tyrone Layne is a contemporary New Zealand painter who has made the move to Sydney – and in doing so has made the contemporary life of the Sydney sider his intimate subject. Tyrone’s oil on canvas people-scapes are fresh and sensitively drawn observations of human behaviour, layered with intricate exchanges between characters in the background whilst making confidently broad statements about people and culture – documenting the ways of the people in his newfound home. Tyrone has exhibited in solo shows in Sydney, Auckland, New York and London and group shows throughout New Zealand, Australia and Berlin.
Alongside his people-scapes, Tyrone has also been painting vivid abstracts with a focus on plastic pollution using the seascape as a motif, where thickly applied oil paint is laid out representing the sky and the sea.
"Pops of colour are placed with consideration throughout the canvas with variable brushstrokes and marks to create abstract shapes. These marks and colour variations are there to symbolise the plastic debris and pollution in the ocean and environment.
My other concurrent series of People-scapes, are intricate figurative paintings that show the more superficial side of our reality and culture. Crowds of people going about their lives, often full of excess and indulgence, taking advantage of the worlds beautiful beaches, cities and landscapes, unconscious of the problems extravagant modern living brings to our planet.
These bold and spontaneous abstract seascapes provide another snapshot in time to our current life on earth. They are set in the middle of the ocean where our takeaway coffee cups and plastic supermarket bags may end up one day. I’ve always found there’s something quite mysterious about the deep sea. It’s easy to get lost in deep thought while contemplating it’s vastness and how human life can still be so impactful on it’s enormity."