USA exposure: Graeme Stevenson has attracted a documentary maker to Tweed.
USA exposure: Graeme Stevenson has attracted a documentary maker to Tweed. Craig Sadler

Tweed artist stars in documentary

AN internationally renowned Murwillumbah artist has caught the eye of a United States documentary maker.

Surreal artist Graeme Stevenson is best known for his vibrant, coloured oil paintings of exotic animals, nature and people.

The US film crew will start filming Mr Stevenson on Wednesday, January 19 and will remain on the coast for one week.

The documentary features “the person behind the art” and the crew will visit some of Tweed Shire’s most memorable sites, Mr Stevenson said.

“We will be going to Mount Warning and on boat rides to see the coast,” the artist said.

CEO of Destination Tweed Phil Villiers said showcasing Tweed in the United States would be a boost for the area, helping to market and promote the region.

“He kept talking about the place he lived when he was in the States, so the documentary crew decided to come to Tweed,” Mr Villiers said.

Mr Stevenson spent 10 years in the United States and made regular appearances on a US art television show.

Through this documentary he hopes to further develop a brand name for Australian art.

“My art is not just about what is painted on the canvas but the meaning behind it,” Mr Stevenson said.

“It’s not a matter of picking up a paint brush, it is the theory of science and art together.”

The documentary is set to air in the United States by the end of February.



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