9 Jan

Featured artist: Shane Drinkwater

Image: Artwork by Shane Drinkwater

Every now and then we like to feature one of our favourite local artists and this week Shane Drinkwater came to mind. Shane’s outlook on his art is unique in the fact he is a painter by trade, but not in the artistic sense.

He creates artworks for residential clients and has worked on commercial projects including the Queensland Club in Brisbane, the Little Truffle Dining Room and Bar on the Gold Coast and Barry Plant Real Estate offices in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Shane was thrilled to have received a highly commended award in the Border Art Prize at the Gold Coast Art Gallery last year.

“The painting was actually bought by the assistant curator and she put it in her office,” he says.

Other recent commendations have included placing finalist in Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Art Prizes, and the artist has also exhibited in France this past year, as well as Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania and Bundaberg as well as several more regional galleries dotted around Australia.

Shane did some specialist paint work for one of our clients 20 years or more ago, and has been on our list of favourites since. We are currently planning a feature exhibition of Shane’s work in the Beadles showroom, to highlight the extent of the work he creates – spanning French wash finishes, marbling, lime washes, contemporary metallics, polished plasters and creative wallpaper effects.

Starting his career with a degree in fine arts, Shane lived and worked in France for six years before returning to Australia and says creativity and expression are at the core of his work.

“I believe contemporary architecture too often ignores or leaves the interior as a white box,” he says.

“The spaces in which we live and work have become far too serious and need some creativity put back in them.”

We couldn’t agree more!