I am driven to paint by what I observe and experience in my everyday life. I have always explored the relationship between people and how that intersects with notions around mapping. In December 2013 I visited Queenstown for the first time. This is my response to that visit and my experience in that particular environment. I felt welcomed there because as I walked up the street workers in high visibility vests smiled and said ” Hi”. In shops locals couldn’t have been friendlier. The gravel footy oval and the denuded mountain behind the town add tough edge. Looking down from the Spion Kop Lookout and travelling around, the unique mosaic of contrasting landscape s that reflect competing interests left me with a very particular sense of place.

Alan Young


Acrylic & oilstick on canvas