Verity Nunan’s exhibition Watermelon Wonderland is a playful exploration of the female form expressed in irrepressible colour with liberated lines evoking the primitive and joyous nature of the female form.
What’s your process for working up a piece from concept to finished? Is it hard to walk away and go that’s it, you’re done?
My concepts change a lot. A lot of my work involves real women exposed in an abstract multicoloured universe. Sometimes they are me, sometimes they are not. Recently I have been using the events in my life as subject matter to paint these vivid figures. I like recreating these scenes and stripping them back to the core moment. I like trying to capture the feeling in a few lines. Less is best, keep it fresh and don’t think too much. I feel my way through my paintings. Everything is based on emotion and instinct. I try to depart from what is visually true but keep elements that make you feel.
What inspires you to create?
At the moment I like to re-create emotionally charged moments in my life that I have witnessed or been apart of. I did a painting called Gin not long ago. It’s a figure reaching for a bottle of empty gin. I love how dark the subject matter is but how the bright friendly colours take all the offence out of it.
Who are the artists or musicians who influence you most?
Ron Curran. He and Liz run a dynamic drawing class in Byron. He really opened my mind and showed me the absolute freedom art can offer. All the talented artists in my family, specifically Brian Nunan my grandpa, Australian landscape painter. His connection to country is incredibly deep and so admirable.
Verity’s work opens on Saturday at a pop-up art gallery across the road from Surfection on the industrial estate. Gallery opens from 4pm on Saturday with all-girl Byron rock band Galaxy Girls playing from 7pm. The gallery will be open again on Sunday 10am–4pm. There will be some drinks and nibbles flying around on the night; and don’t forget your dancing shoes – this is no ordinary art exhibition!