Redlands College teacher and artist Andrew Peachey showcases artwork in Brisbane exhibition

EXHIBITION: Andrew Peachey with his work displayed at Fish Lane, near Grey Street, in Brisbane as part of the Outdoor Gallery Program.

EXHIBITION: Andrew Peachey with his work displayed at Fish Lane, near Grey Street, in Brisbane as part of the Outdoor Gallery Program.

REDLANDS College dean of arts Andrew Peachey is teaching students that hard work does pay off by sharing his achievement at an outdoor exhibition in Brisbane as inspiration.

Mr Peachey’s 18-piece series Dissolve is part of Brisbane City Council’s outdoor gallery program, which showcases the work of Queensland art teachers on light boxes in the city’s laneways.

The visual arts teacher said he felt honoured his oil paintings were being displayed at South Bank’s Fish Lane.

“(Through this experience) I am teaching students that as much as life is busy, they need to make time to create and get it out there because they will never know if it will grab someone’s attention if they don’t try,” he said.

Mr Peachey, who has had artwork displayed at several Brisbane exhibitions in the past, said he began Dissolve eight years ago but it was still a working progress.

“I created the series as part of my masters degree and the paintings all vary in length,” he said.

“The biggest piece took four years to complete while the smallest one only took six weeks.

“Even though most of my work is in different scale canvas’, they still work well together.”

Mr Peachey said his work explored rebirth and spirituality, using dissolving bodies to represent what would happen spiritually to people.

“It’s about new beginnings and experiencing spiritual growth,” he said.

“I was influenced by video artist Bill Viola and the writings of (historian of religion) Mircea Eliade who talked about full immersion as a dissolved figure that dissolves the past.

“For us to get the best out of our lives, we need to go through change.”