Glass

Artist’s statement

My work explores contrast, tension and the natural beauty of glass.

The light, colour and organic nature of glass are set against the weight of stone, the hardness of steel, the texture of rust, the threat of gravity. Shattered surface patterns on exquisitely finished forms, hard lines through soft textures; the tension creates dramatic sculptural statements.

The marriage of disparate or unlikely elements, sometimes stark, sometimes complex and multi-layered, can create a sophisticated balance, a strange harmony.

I am continually exploring, striving to uncover qualities intrinsic in the glass and myself in order to heighten the impact of each piece.

Influences

Wynne draws inspiration from painting, ceramics, sculpture, the Surrealist movement and early twentieth century French glass. The textures and colours of the australian landscape also appear throughout the work.

Wynne is uncomfortable in any particular genre or “style”, preferring to provoke and explore the fringes. He is restlessly trying new finishes and approaches, using each major exhibition as an opportunity to explore some new territory.

Iridescence

Shimmering surface treatments and more recently the rich opalescent effect of dichroic within the glass are a significant feature of Wynne’s body of work.

His use of tin oxide sprayed on the surface of vessels gives his sleek leaning vessels an art nouveau, peacock gleam. As Norris loannou, the noted historian of Australian studio glass, comments “The influences of art nouveau, especially Louis Tiffany …. is evident in his iridised vessels with their refinement of form, surface patterning and colouring.”

Surface decoration

Wynne’s work is characterised by the surface decoration, often extraordinarily detailed. Using different layers of colour in the glass surface, iridescent and metallic finishes and sophisticated sand-blasting techniques, he is able to create dramatic and striking effects.

Gravity

Wynne often plays with gravity, creating large, beautiful glass vessels, leaning dangerously, tantalisingly beyond what they should, or so it seems. The tension draws the viewer and engages them, the effect is dynamic and exciting.