Halcyon House confirms its cult-cool status and a hotspot of taste and talent with the announcement that LA-based Australian photographic artist George Byrne will showcase his Colour Field exhibition at the hotel from Friday May 19th to Sunday May 21st for their first weekend event of 2017.
Holding Cabarita Beach as his favourite Australian surf break, Byrne was an obvious choice for Halcyon House’s first artist-in-residence program which took place in late 2016, with the May weekend showcasing photographs from the local Northern NSW region, taken while in-residence, plus his iconic topographic work which deconstructs the grittier side of the Los Angeles environment in which he is based.
The exhibition also marks the association of both George Byrne and Halcyon House with MR PORTER, the global online destination for men’s style, highlighted on MR PORTER’s Style Council, an influential register of some of the world’s most inspiring tastemakers and their insider travel recommendations and style tips. George Byrne, Style Council’s recently inducted Member, joins the likes of actor Dev Patel, British filmmaker David Furnish, Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, New York architect Derek Sanders and Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan. Halcyon House is featured alongside such premier venues as La Petite Maison in Nice, Palazzo Parigi in Milan, Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole, Italy and Soho House New York.
“MR PORTER’s Style Council is thrilled to announce our partnership with one of our favourite locations, Halcyon House, during its artist-in-residence showcase weekend with acclaimed photographer and Style Council Member, Mr George Byrne. To celebrate, we will be hosting a series of events over the weekend, including the opening of George’s latest exhibit and surf lessons with fellow Style Council Member, Hayden Cox.” Ashlyn Chesney, MR PORTER Style Council Director
Over the weekend guests will enjoy the exhibition launch party on Friday evening followed by a Saturday morning Style Suite hosted by MR PORTER’s Head of Client Relations, Joe Ottaway, and Thorsun swimwear brand Creative Director George Sotelo. The day continues with a four-course lunch with matched wines prepared by Paper Daisy executive chef Ben Devlin. Over lunch George and respected art dealer Tim Olsen will participate in an “in conversation” exchange with guests and Olsen will also share advice on what to look for when collecting art. To round out the weekend, MR PORTER Style Council Member, Hayden Cox, will co-host a surfing lesson on Sunday morning
George Byrne commented “I was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to stay at Halcyon House for my artist-in-residence experience. I was able explore the surrounding areas and approach taking photographs with a really open mind. My approach to shooting was to just immerse myself in the area and see what happened.
I was blown away by the raw beauty of the dense natural bush in and around Mount Warning and found many of the small towns in the area really interesting and great fun to shoot. I’m really looking forward to presenting the work.”
Mauro De Riso, General Manager at Halcyon House says the value of the artist-in-residence program to the region is inestimable, both commercially and on a personal level, and is designed to showcase the graphic appeal of the quintessential surf towns and hinter regions of Northern NSW to artists with a global audience.
“We’ve long been admirers of George’s work and knew he’d be inspired by the surroundings while in-residence. The exhibition gives us a chance to exhibit not only his new LA works but photographs from his time with us. We hope the community will embrace the exhibition, reinforcing the pride local people have in their environment. People love nothing more than admiring their part of the world over the shoulder of an artist. “
George Byrne’s Colour Field exhibition will be open to the general public from 20 May – 30 May at Halcyon House.