is the ongoing story of Warren Lane, his world and how he sees it. He paints intricate and familiar scenes while examining the local built environment, society, multi-culture and change. As a painter working predominantly in oils, Lane’s astute illustrative portraits and urban landscapes are skilfully structured compositions that use a high degree of realism, all with a healthy dose of satire and joy.
Lane explains that his work comes from experience: “I paint the things I see when I walk out the front door; I don’t have to go far to see development, the derelict and transition.”
As an observer, Lane has noticed the layers of grime and life, its infrastructure and the character of the street. Post boxes from another era, rusting fire hydrants, the kinds of objects that get replaced by less appealing functionality. Social commentary via graffiti, rubbish, passing personalities and politically incorrect pastimes are all there, caught in a glance across the street as we hurry along in our busy schedules.
Lane completed a Diploma of Arts in Visual Arts with distinction in 2008 at NMIT. He has exhibited in local and national art prizes including the Darebin Art Show (winner, 2008 and People’s Choice award 2010 and 2011) the Casella Art Prize (winner, 2009) and the Bald Archy Prize (winner, 2013). Lane’s work is held in public and private collections in Australia and China including City of Darebin, City of Yarra, Attorney General’s Collection, Fad Gallery, and Anhui University (China).
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre exhibition