Artist Chris Poulsen has put paint to canvas to depict some of the most well recognised landmarks of the Bundaberg Region in his latest exhibition.
On display at the Book Boutique Bundaberg, The Hungry Tum, School of Arts, ‘whale building' and Childers Peanut Van are just some of the iconic places featured in the exhibition, which are all available for purchase.
Open until Sunday 14 August, Chris said his exhibition provided the opportunity to see various icons from within the region in a different light.
He said the artwork on display was inspired by an appreciation for the local region and he enjoyed showcasing the beauty in places which people might not always recognise.
“I was inspired by the new scenery around us as I enjoy finding beauty in everyday life,” Chris said.
“Some of these icons are special to my family and I and others are ones that we just see every day that I guess is nothing particular but, if you stop and look you think, wow it is nice.
“Then there are some other places that are a little bit quirky, and I am still discovering what they are, like the Observatory one for example.”
Bundaberg landmarks inspire joy
Chris said it was fascinating to watch people and how they responded to the works which depict well known places in the community.
“What I really enjoy seeing with this particular exhibition, is when people find a special place of theirs, like they go ‘oh that’s that place’, and that is a real joy,” he said.
“To see my artwork brings out something in their everyday life and something they may begin to appreciate more.”
Chris moved to the Bundaberg Region in 2019, with his wife and five children after growing up in Brisbane.
Chris’s works have also featured in the 2021 HERE + Now Exhibition at Childers Art Space, while he also entered the Bundaberg Art Prize in 2020 with his paintings of the Alloway Observatory and Busy Bee Fish Bar.
He found his passion for music and the arts from a very young age.
His involvement in the church and various traditions of Christian worship music proving formative to his love for music, while Expo88 saw him gain exposure to the arts at a key point in his life.
Throughout school, Chris continued to focus on arts and music, going on to study part time at the Queensland College of Art while also working full time as an interior designer for a shopfitter.
You can find out more about Chris and his exhibition of Bundaberg landmarks here.
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