Wayne says “Ever since I was a kid I collected stuff – from the beach, from the bush, and from the dump.”
His childhood was spent living not far from a dump – an ideal place for the neighbourhood kids to play. Whilst that was fun he was as interested in what he could find in the local dump and much to his parents’ horror would take lots of it home.
Wayne loves textures, shapes and the idea that what he uses has already had a life and been used by others albeit for very different purposes.
Some of his works make statements, others do not. Some are functional, others are not. The polite term for this is now ‘found art‘ or ‘art from found materials‘.
“The term ‘found art’ describes art created from the undisguised, but often modified, use of objects that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function”. Source: Wikipeadia.
Wayne prefers the term Salvage Art. Salvage [n]: the art of saving imperiled property from loss.
Wayne’s first exhibition in 1981 as a founding member of the Taranaki Artists Cooperative (TACO) was assembled from found and recycled materials and so it has continued. He has exhibited regularly ever since and has works in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, the States, and the UK.