AFTER 27 years of sifting through mail day in and day out, artist Ian 'Spike' Farrawell has turned his daydreams into inspiration.
Mr Farrawell launched "Dreamimagine", a collection of his lino prints, at The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre this week.
The prints are based on the everyday people and places, many of which are found in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
But there are also fantastical creatures like dragons and abstract concepts and patterns that have been etched and printed.
"I'm a mail sorter at Australia Post and sometimes it can get a bit boring. These are the things I think about while I'm standing by the machine, it keeps me sane," he said.
"When you get an idea, it just comes to you. I always keep a pen and paper with me so I can draw it as soon as I get an idea."
Mr Farrawell had tried his hand at mediums like watercolour and oils but four years ago he was introduced to lino printing and it was love at first sight.
Many of the works are produced at his Macgregor home by hand or using an old book press. Most of the pieces are monochrome but there are a few pops of colour here and there.
"I had a friend at work who did lino printing and I had a go and I loved it straight away," he said.
"I like putting an idea down on the lino, the physical way of carving it out, the mechanical way of printing it. It's a very hands-on medium."
The "Dreamimagine" pieces line the walls of the Door 3 Art Space at The Q - the long hallway that leads from the theatre's foyer to the stage.
Mr Farrawell was awarded the space a year ago after he won the Queanbeyan Art Society Members' Competition which was sponsored by the Queanbeyan City Council.
Queanbeyan City Council cultural development officer Georgina Perri said the space lends itself to more intimate works, ones that don't require a lot of space to be viewed.
"The work has to suit the space so we've had some very successful calligraphy and photographic exhibitions, it really suits print making," she said.
"This is the main thoroughfare to the theatre, we have the Queanbeyan Players production of Annie Get Your Gun on for the next month so it'll be very busy. It's prime time and a high traffic area."
Ian Farrawell's "Dreamimagine" will be displayed at the Door 3 Art Space at The Q until November 16.
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