A Graham Mackie piece featuring in a forthcoming exhibition.
A Graham Mackie piece featuring in a forthcoming exhibition.

Inspired by sounds of silence

By EMMA CORNFORD

CLARENCE Valley artist Graham Mackie was in the middle of making a cup of tea when he spoke with The Daily Examiner yesterday.

He has only recently moved from Yamba to his property near Baryulgil ? an exceptionally peaceful place where the only sound was the whistling of his kettle.

"The environment out here is magical. You can't hear a thing ... which is a great incentive to work because there's really nothing else to do," he said.

"It's an inspiring place to work. The Grafton Camera Club is coming out here this weekend to take pictures and they're all looking forward to it ... because it really is beautiful."

Mr Mackie's upcoming exhibition, which will run at the Arthouse Australia Gallery in Yamba's Coldstream Street, is largely influenced by the environment around the Valley.

"I lived at Yamba for 25 years before I moved out here. My work is mainly landscape work ... and there was a lot of influence from my environment, yes."

The exhibition, his third solo show in Yamba, is a mixture of painting, drawing and infrared photographs.

"Doing infrared is a very hit and miss medium. It's something I've been doing for a couple of years now but it's really very hard. If you get one out of a roll of 36 then you're doing well."

The exhibition opens on June 30 and will run until July 22.



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