Andy Pye

“I approach the Australian Bush at face value, and from inside it. There’s no hidden meaning to my work. It is the Australian Bush.”

This is how Andrew Pye surmised much of his landscape art in recent years. But as 2020 was ushered in, Pye was painting with usual prolific energy “rain, hail or shine” through a bushfire affected North East Victorian summer of “bloody hot ‘n’ hazy” proportions. We have seen from this the first pictures of his interesting and provocative portraiture approach, including several public figures sitting for the experience.

In the realm of tree-dense landscapes, for which he has become well known on the Australian art scene, we see works showing vast expression were being created over the summer of 2020 in large new sizes.
The level of abstraction to the works was now on a more obvious spectrum, after his knockout work Welcome to the You Yangs was introduced the year earlier, opening the floodgates to a whole new genre of pictures and their collectors for Pye.

But away from the public, Pye has set up studio in Wangaratta, where he (along with his wife and four children) live “in oasis”.

Writing bush poetry daily, painting and sculpting, Pye has found time to somehow complete a teaching and pedagogy Masters degree with a focus on Indigenous broad histories and culture. Through his reading and academic study, and his interest in theology, Pye (of Russian Orthodox faith) now reveals new layers of meaning behind his work that for many years were omitted in his artist statements.

The trees are imbibed anew and a discussion about society, Indigeneity, faith and conservation exists, that retrospectively has always been the case he claims.

“I block them like actors on a stage” says Pye, who, in his 20th year painting, admits it might be “difficult” to get away with the same old throw-away line about his work.

Artworks
The Very Base of Mt. Abrupt by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 153x153cm framed$5200
Dry Creek Bed Cosmos by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 153x153cm framed$5200
Twelve Apostles by Andy Pyeoil on linen 100x200cm framed $4400
Ferns at Skenes Creek by Andy Pyeoil on board 100x100cm framedSold
Reef Hill by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 154x154cm framedSold
HolbrookElevation by Andy Pyeoil on linen 100x200cm framedSold
Pumping Neons Near Edi River by Andy Pyeoil on linen 83x83cm framed Sold
Grass Trees at Glenrowan by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 70x70cm framedSold
Forrest by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 65x65cm framedSold
Driftwood by Andy Pyeoil on board 100x100cm framedSold
Afternoon Light, Mansfield by Andy Pyeoil on linen 88.5x143.5cm framedSold
Apollo Bay Foreshore by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 65x65cm framedSold
Apostle by Andy Pyeoil on board 100x100cm framedSold
Beacon Point by Andy Pyeoil on board 100x100cm framedSold
Birthing Tree, Anglesea by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 100x100cm framedSold
Bush Behind Lorne by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 67x67cm framedSold
Bush Block by Andy Pyeoil on board 150x100cm framedSold
Dunes, Apollo Bay by Andy Pyeoil on linen 40x50cm framed
Fairhaven, View From Dinghy by Andy Pyeoil on board 150x100cm framedSold
Port Campbell Rockface by Andy Pyeoil on linen 40x50cm framedSold
Rockpool at Fairhaven by Andy Pyeoil on board 150x100cm framedSold
Streeton’s View at Lorne by Andy Pyeoil on board 100x100cm framedSold
Trees Near Mt Buller by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 86x85cm unframedSold
Bushland Looking at Buffalo by Andy Pyeoil on board 102.5x153cm framedSold
Hot Day V by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 83x83cm / framedSold
Hot Day VI by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 68x68cm / framedSold
Welcome To The You Yangs by Andy Pyeoil on medium density fibreboard 134x104cm framedSold
Trees in Moriac by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 68 x 138cm / framedSold
Agapanthas Growing in Anglesea by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 53x100cm / framedSold
You Yangs, Plain View by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 144x104cm framedSold
Study of Reef Hill by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 130x130cm unframedSold
Falls Creek by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 44x34cm framedSold
Hot Day IV by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 83x83cm / framedSold
New Growth on Burnt Tree by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 150x150cm / framedSold
Vinnie by Andy Pyeoil on canvas / 43x43cm / framedSold
Hot Day Series I by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 78.5cmx78.5cm framedSold
Hot Day Series II by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 43.5cmx43.5cm framedSold
Hot Day Series III by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 43.5cmx43.5cm framedSold
Hot Day Series IV by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 43.5cmx43.5cm framedSold
Hanging Rock by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 1.5x1.5m framedSold
Otways Study by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 100x100cm unframedSold
Brick Mine Study III by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 53x63cm framedSold
Road to Skipton II by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 43.5x43.5cm framedSold
Stump by Andy Pyeoil on canvas 40x40cm framedSold