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Storyteller by Terry Bouton


Terry Bouton

About the artwork and sitter

Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM is Brisbane artistic royalty. At 85, she is still taking commissions and working on large scale sculptural works. ‘She is someone who has broad hands, she hold the drill and carves the stone’.

With over 50 years experience, Rhyl has more than 700 commissioned public artworks to her name. Highlights are the sculptures in the Great Court at the University of Queensland, and a ceramic Australian Coat of Arms for the House of Representatives Chamber in the new Parliament House, Canberra.

Here, her friend and sometimes studio assistant has pictured in her home-studio under dappled light, surrounded by a collection of objects, images and tools.

‘In this portrait I wanted to take the viewer into the intimacy of Rhyl’s studio revealing a Brisbane artist who stands confident of her sculptural achievements and her constant search for storytelling.’

Rhyl’s studio, built with her craftsman husband, is made of intimate spaces, large work areas and is imbued with atmosphere of contemplation, history and creative energy.

About the artist

Terry is a fomer teacher, and an artist. She paints, draws, sculpts and uses photography.

She has been photographing artists at work for more than thirty years, had dozens of successful solo shows, and participated in numerous group collections around the word.

Her photographic work explores the intuitive and dynamic creative exploration of her fellow artists in their personal spaces.

“The diagonal lighting highlights the passage like the progress of a work from the obscure to the known."

Behind the scenes

Rhyl is the storyteller. Every theme, every subject, every process in her work Rhyl weaves content into its unified completion. Her studio is the magician’s cave. As a fortunate fly, my ears and my eyes have been the recipient of many a tale of the inception and the journey poured into that make-up of her many past works. The lighting in her self-built studio has always intrigued me. I have taken a series of images shot here throughout our relationship. Rhyl is here in a quiet moment of reflection of what has been created and what be next. The diagonal lighting highlights the passage like the progress of a work from the obscure to the known.