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Adam Portraiture Award 2020 Winner – Sacha Lees

Congratulations to Sacha Lees for winning the 2020 Adam Art Portraiture Award for her portrait: “Sometimes an outline coloured in”, 2019, oil on board

“Ruthless in her self-scrutiny, this artist has introduced two elements which provide added interest to her photorealistic technique. The first is the concept of representing the act of painting oneself literally by showing the brush and hand in the image. The second is showing the process of developing the finished work in stages with the outline of the figure waiting to be filled in, which gives the work its title. This is an assured painting which is both compelling and rewards close study”.

Arts Festival Exhibition – UNREAL!

An exhibition of paintings by Ewan McDougall with Virtual Reality by Claire Hughes

Unreal! is a touring exhibition of twelve oil paintings by the Dunedin  neo-expressionist painter Ewan McDougall, with figures and motifs ‘brought to life’ by the Virtual Reality phenomenon created by  multi- media artist Claire Hughes.

The five city New Zealand tour opens on Friday 21 February, 2020, in Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington coinciding with the Opening of The NZ Festival of Arts.  Ewan and Claire are very excited to be working with Ron Epskamp and his team in this unique, boundary crossing, creative venture.

Christchurch-based Hughes has recently completed a PhD in digital art at Massey University and when she suggested a collaboration, McDougall was immediately enthusiastic.

McDougall has collaborated with poet and playwright Sarah McDougall, with Epskamp and NZ musicians Greg Johnson and Barry Saunders, with the African American Jazz Composer  Harold Anderson and with Bluesman Darren Watson, but he has never before collaborated with a Virtual Reality expert.

Hughes’ most recent exhibition, Entangled (2018), at Toi Pōneke Art Gallery in Wellington, was a solo exhibition with sound collaboration. This work featured an original 8 minute virtual reality experience which linked the virtual with the physical gallery space. Her 3D modelled animation, Matter matters (2017), was projected onto the water screen in Wellington Harbour for the Lux Festival with an estimated 100,000 -150,000 viewers.

Hughes has also elicited the sound expert, Isaac Lundy, who is doing a degree in music at Massey and who has worked with Claire on her previous projects. She describes her work with McDougall as “more than a 3-D reproduction of an artwork, it will use McDougall’s characters to create a new interactive experience.”  Viewers will see the paintings and don a VR Headset and become immersed in the vibrant world of the figures as they cavort in virtual space.

Ewan McDougall’s vibrant and primitive figures, animals and hybrid creatures have been part of his exhibition history for thirty years in Aotearoa/New Zealand  galleries, including five Public Art Gallery Exhibitions, and in exhibitions in London, Valencia, Cremona, Sydney, NYC and Shanghai, but he is particularly excited about this innovative venture with Hughes, where psychedelic cave figures will leap into life with cutting-edge technology.

The Unreal! tour commences in Exhibitions Gallery Wellington on Friday 21 February until 15 March.

The opening reception is from 5-7 pm Friday 21st February.


JK Reed Auckland Retrospective

We are pleased to announce a retrospective of 58 Years of the art of JK Reed DFA.

A retrospective is a major event for an artist, a chance for the artist to reflect on a lifetime of work to contemplate and reassess then share their story for all to view. In fact most artists never have the opportunity.A few decades ago this was an honour typically accorded to a deceased Old Master.

Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art is proud to be part of this major event and would like to thank Keith for providing all the wonderful material and salute him for having hidden gems from his early childhood through to his current work. We also appreciate the release of early work from his private collection which is normally unavailable to purchase. – Ron Epskamp (Exhibitions Gallery)

Opening: Tuesday January 14th 2020 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Venue: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art
19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland
Ph (09) 523 5560 or Ngaire on 021 415 449

John (Keith) Reed. Born (1944) in England, he arrived in Dunedin in 1954 and studied at the University of Canterbury from 1963 – 1968. Considered one of New Zealand’s leading landscape watercolorists and achieving phenomenal success in this difficult medium. Keith also paints in oil. Although his style over the years has been predominantly expressionist in viewing his art school years you can see the strong influence of abstraction and cubism. An influence that since retiring from teaching has returned with considerable success.

A 16 page booklet detailing Keith’s journey will be available at the exhibition.

Parkin Drawing Prize 2019

Congratulations to one of the galleries new artist’s, Carol Anne Smart. Carol has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Parkin Drawing Prize.  The competition attracted an impressive 472 entries, of which 79 have been selected for the short list. The Parkin Drawing Prize is New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.

Ben Ho and Mary Mai return to Auckland

It has been nearly two decades since Ben Ho and Mary Mai have exhibited in Auckland and we are pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition ‘Finding A Juncture’ opens Tuesday 2nd July 6-8 pm at Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art in Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland. The body of work is stunning as they successfully fashion a juncture between traditional painting and abstraction in their work.