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Flaxton Gardens decks the walls with Swiss Artworks

Kurt Wyss – Art Exhibition

At Flaxton Gardens we love to showcase the work of our local Sunshine Coast artists in our Vineyard Restaurant as often as we can. Our current Art Exhibition is showcasing the lifetime work of Swiss painter, Kurt Wyss. Kurt’s work will be on display for a limited time, so don’t miss your opportunity to see it whilst enjoying a meal at the Vineyard Restaurant.

Introducing Kurt Wyss

Born in 1935, Kurt began painting during his schooling years in Lüsslingen, Switzerland where his art teacher noticed his potential and encouraged him to pursue visual art further. Painting had always been a hobby and method of relaxation throughout his youth, whilst completing his apprenticeships as a mechanic and locomotive driver, and then working as a train driver for 30 years. However, in recent years he has been able to devote more time to his vocation.

During his artistic career, he has accumulated a diverse collection of artwork, some of which can now be viewed at Flaxton Gardens. Never previously exhibited and never intended for sale, Kurt’s main aim is to bring joy to those viewing his paintings.

Kurt’s Inspiration

Originally influenced by the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and other Dutch painters, Kurt also gained inspiration from his extensive global travels over the years. His pieces have been shaped by a variety of subjects including landscapes, people, animals, birds and still life. Having travelled around Europe, Asia and South America, and then finally retiring to Australia in 1991 with his wife, Ursula, Kurt encountered many experiences which inspired his work. He captures these on the canvas with photographic references or purely from memory, and his trust in his ability is evident in his words…

When I start, I see the finished picture.
– Kurt Wyss

Kurt’s preferred medium is oil painting, and in earlier days produced art on hessian. He has also experimented with sketching in coloured ink using a feather tip (a very detailed method) and has also dabbled in wood carving. Kurt admits to being a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his paintings when he says, “I never stop until it’s perfect. It has to be perfect, otherwise I’m not happy.”

I never stop until it’s perfect. It has to be perfect, otherwise I’m not happy.
– Kurt Wyss

Painting from Experience

Kurt has lead quite a diverse and fascinating life, with many wonderful opportunities that have influenced his subjects and artistic style. Following a chance meeting with a German entertainer whilst cruising the Mediterranean, Kurt subsequently developed a lasting friendship, and was asked to travel as his assistant while cruising the globe. They travelled as far as Norway in Northern Europe to Buenos Aires in South America and to the Caribbean. This partnership lasted for an amazing 12 years, with Kurt often acting as an interpreter for his friend due to his multilingual skills.

Kurt was also a very keen sportsman, participating in sports such as Hornussen, also known as ‘Farmer’s Golf’ – an indigenous Swiss sport with many similarities to golf and baseball. After moving to the southern Switzerland town of Arbedo-Castione, near the Italian border, in his early adult years, Kurt took part in another favourite sport – Indoor 9-pin Bowling for 35 years, achieving the level of Swiss Champion five times! Kurt’s artistic flair was also demonstrated when he designed the medals for these competitions. This is only a taste of his many endeavours and accomplishments, which have played roles in awarding him with success in his artistic career.

From the Swiss Alps to the Blackall Range

Having painted continuously since 1954, he continues to paint today from his art studio in Palmwoods – which is actually a self-constructed Atelier in his backyard. Although, he notes jovially, “You have to be in the right mood,” to create. Kurt loves to share his many life and travel experiences through his paintings; in fact, his favourite piece documents his travels with scenes from the countless countries he has visited (pictured).

Kurt with his favourite painting
Kurt and his backyard Art Studio

You too can experience the life of Kurt by viewing his enthralling artwork at The Vineyard Restaurant at Flaxton Gardens. Come on up to the Hinterland and enjoy lunch, dinner or an exquisite High Tea and immerse yourself in the artwork on display.