Wayne Seyb

Wayne Seyb was born in Temuka, South Canterbury in 1961 and went to the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin in 1980.
 
In 1990 he bought a house at Karitane - a small village north of Dunedin. He painted the landscape as a way of getting to know it.

In 1993 he had an exhibition in Munich, which enabled him to study paintings that he had seen in books.
 
The paintings in this exhibition were done at Karitane at the start of this year.
 
“We lived there since 1990 and have kept our house there since we moved to Christchurch in 1999. The story of the landscape plays a big part in my attitude towards painting it. The painting ‘the day after a wedding’, shows a little bay where canoes were brought up in pre European times. “
 
“’Something in my eye’, shows a blowhole where, according to legend, two lovers were thrown and then ejected by the force of the blowhole to become a large rock out crop which I can see from my house on Grimness St down there.”
 
"Where the whales were hauled up" depicts the site on the Huriawa peninsula where whales were slaughtered by the whalers who settled at Karitane. Every square inch of the landscape has a story.
 
“When I was young I loved the work of Toss Woollaston, Colin McCahon and Philip Clairmont. Their work still knocks me off my feet.  In 1993 I exhibited in Munich and had my first chance to travel overseas and see the works of other painters I’d long admired. The work of the German Expressionists, Rembrandt, and Vincent Van Gogh affirmed to me that I was heading in the right direction.
 
Following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, I provided street scene paintings for the courtroom of the Royal Commission Hearings into the safety of buildings. All of the paintings were painted either on the footpath or propped against cordon fences. Dust blew into them. People talked to me about their experiences as I worked and I’d tell them mine.
 
I am still painting the ghost streets of the red zone.”