Drainlayer artist exploits tools of the trade in North Shore's new pop-up gallery

Drainlayer Jason Lowe presents his newest gallery, News from Nowhere.
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Drainlayer Jason Lowe presents his newest gallery, News from Nowhere.

Drainlayer Jason Lowe is no ordinary tradesman. After laying pipes all day, he takes up a paintbrush at night.

News from Nowhere is the second solo show for the Torbay resident.

While the main theme is landscapes, Lowe chose not to dwell of the specifics of any one place in particular, he says. 

'Landscapes of the mind' is the theme of the exhibition.
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'Landscapes of the mind' is the theme of the exhibition.

Instead they are a representation of the "landscapes of the mind", painted to the beat of a Leonard Cohen song in Lowe's home. 

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Most pieces also feature a playful quote or two, including one from William Burrows: 'Could you go for some boiled hippo?'

Lowe says he added some literature to add some humanity to the paintings.
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Lowe says he added some literature to add some humanity to the paintings.

"Because they are landscapes I didn't want to put houses, boats or people in," he says.

"So, the text adds a bit of humanity and humour."

Pipes and drains are a feature of Lowe's work and, oddly enough, circles are somewhat of a muse for the drainlayer.

The daytime drainlayer says circles are somewhat of a muse.
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The daytime drainlayer says circles are somewhat of a muse.

"When I'm lost and don't know where to go, they [circles] just sort of help me out," he says. 

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"My take on landscape is a bit different, I like pipes," he says.

Lowe says his love for painting, stems from a lifetime fascination with how people see the world and how they are able to represent it so well. 

"I'm always trying to find my way own way to express myself. It's trying to learn your own language and put it out there," he says.

"You get the days where it's painfully hard and nothing is working. But then there are days when it works and those are the best for me," he says.

March 23, from 7pm till 10pm at 585 Rothersay Bay, Apartment Atrium. 

 - Stuff

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