Growing up in rural Australia was the catalyst for my venture into the arts the glimpses of trees on the horizon, the open blue skies and the arid landscape created yearning to explore and document my responses. This response is the culmination of reflecting on my experiences, it is intuitive, yet it requires me to solve the problem of how I represent reality. This is my subjective view a personal response which endeavours to make others “see”, to stimulate their senses with colour, line, and form.

These artworks are predominately from a “bird’s eye” perspective, purely a tactical ploy to represent a visual landscape of objects which all have influence on the creation of my narrative. I “map” the landscape like a cartographer, however I prioritise certain feature and objects in the landscape to create an essence that is representational of my reflective thoughts.

Naïve art in my view is very tactical, it works from the edges, taking fragments from the centre to make one’s own visual narrative. It is a belief, an ability to directly reflect one’s identity onto a canvas, a living process which endeavours to limit the influence of others. My works depict the everyday, the football matches & Stawell Gift, a mining town, a swamp in the desert, these spaces are interaction points and are at the heart of communities. I respond to the stimuli, endeavouring to retain the feelings of space, objects, movement, and colour in a visual narrative.

Wayne Elliott is an Australian naïve artist for over 30 years and has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally with works held in Museums in Canada and Serbia.

He has been shortlisted for numerous international art awards including the Cricket Art Prize, Broken Hill Art Prize and Alice Springs Contemporary Art Prize. Wayne was recently honoured with a Retrospective Exhibition “Re-Imagined Narratives” at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery 2021/2022, curated by Director Ian Tully. Internationally, this year he is exhibiting by invitation in the 52nd Premio Internazionale di arte naif Pierantonio Cavalli Varenna – Italy.