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08 January 2020
Art lovers will have the next two months to take in a variety of illustrative works from the region’s-own Shane Boland.
The Horsham-born illustrator, who now lives in Murtoa, has about 30 artworks on display at the Makers’ Gallery and Studio.
From portraits and animals to historical buildings and vehicles in a range of mediums, the solo exhibition displays Boland’s more than 45 years’ experience in the industry.
He said the variety of work was a result of his expansive training and experience.
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“The diversity of the collection is quite wide and there’s no theme as such. It’s got a bit of everything. It just is what it is, and I think when people have a look, they will know what I mean,” he said. “The reason for that is I’ve been trained to do everything – I can do anything and everything from architectural renderings to portraits.
“I don’t specifically do one genre or medium, I do a very wide spectrum of things, so every job is different from the next.”
Boland said part of his long-standing passion for illustration, which has taken him into many industries including commercial printing and media and seen his art across Australia and in the US, was fuelled by a desire to ‘give back’.
He said he often led workshops in Horsham and Warracknabeal to teach young children and adults art skills and hoped to expand his teaching to towns including Rainbow and Dimboola in the future.
“I love what I do because I like to give back, especially in teaching,” he said.
“I do a lot of teaching at the Centre For Participation in Horsham and I teach young children at the art gallery as well.
“We’ve got a great workshop set up there, and through the year they also do adult workshops from time to time.
“That gives people a good taste of what they could do themselves, and it allows them to go the next step or think about what they would like to do. So, I find the teaching aspect very rewarding.”
Boland said while some pieces at his Makers’ Gallery and Studio exhibition were for sale, the majority were display only.
– Lotte Reiter
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