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Artists of the Outback Creative} Gary Beresford

Artists of the Outback Creative} Gary Beresford

Artists of the Outback Creative} Gary Beresford

“Why do you make your art?”

I’m not sure why human beings feel the need to express their creativity, but they do. I guess I enjoy making something I consider beautiful/emotional/provocative and sharing it with others. I like to be able to look at everyday objects and situations, and attempt to express them through my medium for myself and others to enjoy. Everyone gets a kick out of having their creativity appreciated, and I’m no different. I guess it also fills a void left by the purely practical, dry parts of life. It helps balance my existence.

“How do you make your art?”

Apparently I am put into the slot of “photographer”, though this is an medium being more and more blurred for me. My artworks come primarily from the camera, but I spend more time post processing than shooting. I often refer to my raw photos as “fodder”, definitely not a finished product. I use a large variety of techniques in post processing trying to achieve the best image I possibly can. I am not interested in “photo realism” (whatever that is). I leave that to journalists. I try to produce something distinctly “me”.

“What does it mean to you?”

Well, it’s my obsession I guess. Everyone has to have one. I’m always striving to make something a little different and a little more striking. It’s a significant chunk of my life which would leave a hole if it wasn’t there.

“What inspires you?”

That’s a hard on. Everything is inspirational if you look deep enough into it. Nature inspires me probably more than anything but so to everyday people who struggle through life and make a go of it.

“Who inspires you?”

I draw inspiration from many people. I love the old masters, whose understanding of light and movement is incredible. People like Turner for his landscapes, Monet for his depictions of mood, Rembrandt for being able to capture a person’s soul on canvas. I often try to emulate the style of old rural landscape paintings. I look at thousands of paintings and photos all the time, drawing ideas from them. I am inspired by the early photographers. There is a series of images taken by a bunch of people in the dustbowl of America in the depression. They are awesome in their story telling. There is the lost then found works of Vivian Maier that are just incredible. There are some amazing modern painters, photographers, digital artists etc etc . Open up the internet and you are immersed in a sea of extraordinary talent. All these people inspire me. I wouldn’t like to limit my inspiration to just a few.

“Where inspires you”

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some magnificent places in the world over the years. Tuscany, Provence, Paris, Venice to name just a few. All these places are awe inspiring and beautiful. Then I come home and drive into the Australian countryside, with our incredible gumtrees, the green rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges around my home, dusty red planes in outback South Australia, rainforests in the Dandenongs, our amazing birdlife and the list goes on. Because we live here, we tend underestimate the beauty of our country, from the landscapes to the country characters, dusty stock, working dogs, galahs and cockies. Australian country inspires me. I’ve been to hundreds of places, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

“What makes your art unique (what sets you apart from other artists)?”

Good question and not an easy one to answer. While I am influenced by many people, I never “copy” anyone. I will try to emulate techniques and meld them together into my own style. Mind you, I don’t have a particular style or subject and am always looking for something new. There is an old saying “there is nothing new under the sun” but I think art makes a lie of that. All art is new. All original artists strive to produce something unique. Personally, I have no single method of achieving this, but use as many ideas and influences I can to produce something specifically “mine”. 

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