Sharma’s Solo Exhibition

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Us Tiki Slaves are proud as spiked punch and we need to tell you all about it!

Our extraordinarily talented designer Sharma Heylen-Silvia (known to us as Sharma Llama) is currently exhibiting her artwork at The Wild Fig in Scarborough (Corner of Brighton Road and The Esplanade) from now until the end of April.

Sharma is our beach-loving wahine, growing up in Geraldton and spending any spare time she has in our glorious Indian Ocean – so it’s no surprise a lot of her work is inspired by the beach and surfing culture. One of her biggest sources of inspiration are the Switch-Foot books by Andrew Crockett which feature incredible photographs of beaches including North Narra and Bells Beach. With a dad that grew up surfing in the 60s and as a lover of old-style surfing herself, her series of watercolours depict images from the 60s surfing era.

The exhibition includes around thirty pieces, ranging from bright and colourful watercolour prints to the more crazy and intricate black and white prints. Sharma’s most recent work involves illustrating songs – her depiction of Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix will blow you away!

Blood, sweat and a couple of broken kneecaps (almost – the original 2m x 1m pieces had to be completed on the ground as they were too large for Sharma's workspace – she couldn’t walk properly for a few days - now that’s dedication!) went into this exhibition, and you surely must check it out (and the amazing Wild Fig food and fit-out)!

A note from Sharma Llama: Thank you to Carita Viklund (for inviting me to exhibit and for her help in setting up), Andrew Crockett from Switch-Foot (for encouraging me to pursue my art and giving me awesome inspiration through his beautiful books), my roommates Kate and Shiv (for putting up with paper and pens and paint… and basically my whole life taking over the house!) my Dad (for giving me feedback including “no Sharma, Dewey Weber’s pants don't look too tight”) and my boyfriend Wilson (who helped me set-up despite moving in slow-motion from spending the previous night drinking too much coconut juice!).  Also, everyone should try Wild Fig’s delicious dessert the Eton Mess!


Photographs by Boz Sayers and Sharma Heylen-Silvia.

To view more of Sharma's artwork, check out her blog





Paul Spencer says:23 Jan 2012 - 5:02:58

I have breakfast at the fig all the time. I’ll definitely check it out next time I’m in there. Pass on my enthusiasm to Sharma. Putting your work out for display is an amazing feat.

Sean Avery says:23 Jan 2012 - 9:13:19

That’s ma girl! Will definitely check it out when I’m back in Aus!

MISS PAPS says:25 Jan 2012 - 5:44:38

Fab-OH! This artwork couldn’t have been placed in a more perfect setting.
It’s worth (gently) elbowing through the weekend breakfast diehards to get an eyeball on these intricate details—spectacular!

JeffSkisMontana says:28 Jan 2012 - 4:21:54

Very nice!  Love the station wagon!  I was in Jamestown/Newport this week and was thinking about your father, grandfather and grandmother. Visited where they surfed!


Fredrik says:10 Feb 2012 - 6:39:20

Absolutely LOVE the ilustrations.

Niko Holmen says:26 May 2012 - 8:48:21

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