LONGWARRY // ARTIST Wayne Foenander has taken out best in show at the 2015 Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition.
First published in the 28 August 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“It’s usually always a painting that wins best in show, so it was quite rare for a sculpture to win,” the Longwarry-based artist told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“I think it’s the first time a sculpture’s won best in show at Derinya. To my surprise, to my joy.”
His winning piece, ‘Big Ship 1,’ is one of several ships the Longwarry man has created from recycled materials, and represents a strong nautical theme in his work.
Wayne started sculpting after he was involved in a car accident.
“I had a motor vehicle accident nearly three years ago which laid me up, and part of recovery was using my brain and getting back on track and I started making sculptures,” he said.
“I love the sea, I love boats and I love fishing, so I’ve turned my hand to making would-be ships.”
Wayne also produces sea-themed artworks and furniture from any materials he can get his hands on.
“I make furniture out of wine barrels. I also make fruit bowls, candelabras.”
“I’m a terrible junk collector and now I’ve found a use for it,” he added with a laugh.
Wayne said anyone thinking of throwing out junk should not do so.
“No, they should bring it here!”
You can catch Wayne at the Warragul Arts Market.
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