Nick Leahy is a Brisbane based artist interested in documenting the beauty and evolution of South-Eastern Australia through a range of visual arts.
POSTCARDS FROM SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND (2007 - 2008)
These postcards explore another view of the essence of South East Queensland, away from the glossy tourist brochures and the usual stereotypes of subtropical beaches, skyscrapers and housing estates.
As South East Queensland grows and the influx of rural people to urban centres continues, the small communities and their abandoned buildings take on a rustic charm, for example old service stations and their disused petrol pumps.
Urban renewal in the city has also had an impact on suburban streets with the kitsch architecture of suburban businesses like butcher shops being replaced by modern shopping centres.
PHYSICAL MAPS OF SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND (2007 - 2008)
South East Queensland is a region of scenic beauty with numerous mountain ranges along part of the Great Dividing Range and within close proximity to the coastline.
The natural contours of these physical maps create patterns that illustrate the beautiful landscape of the hinterland.
AERIAL LANDSCAPES OF SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND (2008)
The Darling Downs of South East Queensland represent the typical farming lifestyle of Queensland.
The patchwork of fields from this district viewed from the air creates abstract patterns with solid shapes and vivid lines.
This fusion between maps and traditional landscape painting can also be illustrated through the 3 dimensional tones and shadows of mountains, for example, Mt Barney and Mt Haldon.
"Petroliana" and "Garagenalia" are terms used for vintage and retro car related products.
The quirky images of these products provide a snapshot into the oil dominated past where emphasis was on prosperity at the expense of the environment.
Oil companies and their huge profits, limited accountability, and their disregard for nature have become great contemporary issues.
These artworks display aesthetic qualities quite appealing to contemporary design.