Gene Falknau is a tradesman turned portrait artist, currently developing his creative style and exploring possibilities in a career change into the arts. A knee injury has allowed Falknau the time to delve back into his art practice and commission based projects. His work includes ironic and humorous imagery that challenges the real world vs imagination. The work exhibited in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery aims to provide a break from everyone's daily routine, to take a second to laugh or maybe scratch your head.
Gene Falknau was one of five local artists whom recently completed Public: AIR, a four-week artist residency and public art mentoring program at Kontraband Studios. "
During the Public: AIR residency, I have been able to create new work around like minded creatives, which has driven me to explore my own process and different ways of communicating through painting. The mentor guidance has been particularly beneficial and through having a space in the studio, I have become motivated and driven to create work.
Since my time being involved in this program, I have been taking more ownership of the work I produce. I am looking to refine the realistic content in my work and further resolve my concepts and messages. I enjoy building layers in my canvases and experimenting with different elements of my intuitive painting process. This approach gives me satisfaction, as I often can't imagine how the final product will look until I'm finished."
Public: AIR received financial assistance from the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.