Sian Faber is a painter of sky & seascapes and of bodies in motion, working to capture the expression of liquid movement in her artworks.
A graduate of Elam Fine Art School, Auckland University, New Zealand, Sian lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, nearly 30 odd years before recently moving to the mountain village of Gaucin, Andalusia, Spain, known for it's community of creative artists and artisans.
In her previous life in Sydney, Sian was primarily a Pilates Teacher & Remedial Masseur practising treatments on a fair few thousand bodies of all shapes and sizes, including rockstars & supermodels, dancers ,athletes and artists, such as Will-I-Am, Miranda Kerr, Kristy Hinze and Darcy Bussell.
Her hands on understanding of the mechanics of bodies in motion, and appreciation for performance arts has seen her closely follow the work of the
Sydney Dance Company, and the work of Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and prima ballerina Darcy Bussell. This in turn inspired a large body of works, sketching the dynamics of the human
body moving, all drawn initially from live sketches of performance rehearsals and practice or from yoga beach sessions and underwater, "go pro", sessions with ocean swimmers and
Sian's focus on expressing movement in water and the dynamics of liquid movement and her passion for the ocean environment,is perhaps best inspired
both from having grown up at Sumner beach, Christchurch, New Zealand, with a father who worked away from home many months at sea, and from living for many years in Bondi, Sydney, ocean
swimming with her swim squad led by ex-olympian coach Neil Rogers at the famous Icebergs Ocean pool.
Sian has been exhibiting in many group shows, solo exhibitions and prizes in Sydney since 2011, returning more and more to her work as an artist, working primarily in water based medias as a painter.
Now living and working in Gaucin, in the southern reaches of Spain, the influence of her new cultural environment has seen her expand her subject matter to the mountain skies and the local inhabitants, vultures, donkeys and flamenco dancers. Her travels to Italy and attendance at schools of Italian mosaic art there, in Ravenna, Venice and Spiliembergo have begun a more sculptural expression of liquid movement through contemporary mosaic techniques using glass and marble.
All while learning Spanish and taking up electric bicycling through historic rural Andalusia, mixed in with the urbanicazion of the Costa del Sol, providing a
great visual juxtaposition of the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary.
Sian is now focusing full time on her art career with the unheeding support of her husband and partner in business Guy Faber, in the pueblo blanco (white village) Gaucin, Andalusia, Spain.
For the near future they plan to continue to reside and exhibit her artwork for 9 months of the year in Europe and then return to Australia and New Zealand for more of the same during the Southern Hemisphere Summer.
Collioure is at the very bottom left of southern France.
In the early 20th century, it became a center of artistic activity - particularly with Fauve artists.
Joan Miro has been - and still remains - an inspiration to me.
His work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.
These shots are from the Joan Miro' s museum (Fundació Joan Miro) established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975.
My type of bull-fighting.
One of many wonderful pieces not only at the museum, but throughout Parafrugell... on sidewalks & roundabouts, by pedestrian squares & cafes - everywhere.
They really appreciate art here.