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Artists in Lockdown – Meredith Marsone

We were due to move to a new town the weekend after the lockdown began but something told me in the weeks leading up that we should hurry and move sooner. It felt paranoid at the time. Earlier, just the week before, none of this was on our radar. But we did it, the Friday before, running all over Wellington collecting trademe furniture and whiteware, then driving it up to our new house. We started to get settled then the level 3/4 was announced and so my husband drove back to Wellington, stuffed the station wagon with the last of our belongings and the teenagers crammed in there, too. It felt like they came crashing home at almost midnight on the Monday night, falling across the finishing line, chased by baddies, slaying the final boss on the last level of the game. We lay in bed that night feeling waves of relief that we were safe and together. So we are 7, here in a much larger house, happily safe and sound for the lockdown.
But that definitely poses it’s own demands and constraints that aren’t always that conducive to painting. I was accustomed to the school day freedom of being only with my own thoughts and paintbrushes for 5 hours a day. Now with the house bustling and an active chattering five year old, priorities had to change. I’ve managed to get one painting finished and another well on the way. But the quiet required for flow has been hard to come by.
I’ve been wondering how life as an artist will look over the next little while. My solo in Feb/March, which I’d been painting for 6 months to prepare, was definitely affected. Foot traffic was down, final expected sales didn’t come through. And all the shows lined up for the rest of the year either cancelled or moved online will change the trajectory somewhat.
Personally, I’m welcoming the changes this disruption brings. I don’t want to undermine the pressures and pain some people are going through but there are always upsides in any kind of change. Perhaps we become more locally focussed in our spending. Perhaps we travel less and spend more time with our families. Working from home may become a permanent option for some. Growing food and foraging could replace a portion of long travelled food. Slowing down has given us time to think, to breathe, to just be. And on a whole, I like it. It feels wholesome, reasonable, considered. Life in the city for me was compressed, loud, lip-biting anxiety. And that’s something I won’t be rushing back to now I’ve seen a different way of being.

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Artists in Lockdown – Paul Vincent

With the kids at home during the day I have been painting a lot in the open air and at night. It was nice painting outside, it was very cold and the paint was very slow moving, completely different from painting in a warm room.
Here is what I think it’s going to be a 2 piece.

Artists in Lockdown – JK Reed

Hope you guys are holding up and have cut through a few bottles of wine and have not stressed out too much . Life as normal over here in our retirement village and we have daily electric bike rides,garden projects and catchups and of course a few activities in the studio.
I love it ,and I think all other artist do too.Its a compulsory time to do the thing you love ,what more could you ask for.
I hope you all have time to smell the roses and catch up on your own interests.
Keep your distance and stay in touch!

 

Artists in Lockdown – Carol Anne Smart

Hello and warmest wishes to everyone. What a surreal time we find ourselves living in!
There is just the two of us in our bubble. My lovely husband, Noel, and myself. Oops, don’t forget our cat, Molly!! Life has slowed down even though the commitments carry on. I am finding this time has never focused me more and are so enjoying working on my art. I have been listening to audio books (just finished The Aviator’s Wife), and helping with ideas for repositioning the soft toys in our window so the children can enjoy seeing what they are up to each few days. We are walking almost daily and carrying on with yoga with our little local gym providing the classes on Zoom. I have even had the odd meal cooked for me!!

Artists in Lockdown – Niels Meyer-Westfeld

I hope everyone is doing okay during this lockdown period. I’ve personally been enjoying some good days in my studio and mixing it up with some family time too. Currently working on some shorebirds I have seen at Foxton beach a while back. As I cannot make any field trips at the moment I’m enjoying revisiting some ideas from my archive. Keep up the good spirits.

Artists in Lockdown – Alistair McDonald

Greetings from Bottle Creek, Paremata. I’ve been putting (very old) cartoons and sculptures out in my driveway here during lock-down (with cones) – mainly to amuse the local kids but they now have a wider following, an excuse for people to wander down it seems.

I’ve just finished a 3rd small ukiyo-e (Hiroshige-style) acrylic painting of Melbourne, this one of Princes Bridge, near Flinders Street Station. I was a bus/tram conductor there in 1978, often on a run which crossed Princes Bridge several times per shift. What goes round etc (like a bus!).

Also, the studio cartoon sort-out has provoked editing of a few other works, sometimes successful, sometimes not. Next week I’ll start on a new NZ landscape in oils.

Not easy for many among us, including parents of little ones and essential workers. Perhaps it’s easier for us introverts. I’m also feeling very lucky just now to be living near the bottom end of a funny little island at the very far edge of the universe.

Artist in Lockdown – George Loizou

Hello fellow artists and art enthusiasts,
Hope everyone is well and I look forward to seeing you around after this lockdown is over.
With all this extra time on my hands I’ve been putting together some new pieces of work .
I think the lockdown and the whole world situation has made me see life from a slightly different angle which may come through in some of my new pieces coming up.
So this lockdown for me has been a lot of food and art. I’m trying to put this time to good use.
Take care.

Artists in Lockdown – Holly Bazett

Greetings from Sussex, England… I usually feel quite happy socially isolated working in the studio on my own, but it’s not a great feeling knowing the entire world is in lockdown… We will get through this…. Stay well Wellington.

Artists In Lockdown – Alicja Gear

It’s been a struggle to get into the studio with hubby working full time and 3 kids at home..but today I have the whole day!

One of the biggest challenges this lockdown has presented me is not actually having the headspace to think through ideas so when I am in the studio I’m not ready to pick up a brush. There seems to be a lot of pressure socially as an artist to be creating, I guess a bit like the need to come out of this period with rock hard abs and a new language under your belt.  I’m resisting, today I’m using the time to nourish my soul. I’m easing off the pressure to start my next series of work. Instead I’m playing with little paintings, finding pleasure in mixing colour and the feel of the brush moving through the paint. I’m enjoying hiding from the kids and not being the person everyone needs something from immediately.

Artists in Lockdown – Ewan McDougall

Sarah and I are both happy at home as I’m painting much more than usual and loving it and she is finishing her novel. Our boys are kindly bringing us food. We are very lucky in our beautiful Broad Bay.
My heart goes out to those who are ill, or for whom isolating is arduous.
Like all of us, I want to do as much as I can to fight Covid-19, as it is an unfolding disaster.
But one day we will come out the other side to a new, different and exciting world and one which I think will love art even more.

Artists in Lockdown – Kate Beatty

During this ‘lock down’ period my mantra has been ‘focus on what you can do , not what you cant do’.
Its been a huge adjustment as a international collective , temporarily isolating ourselves. I have found it difficult in the sense that I cant have as much studio time as what I am used to due to childcare services being closed.
In amongst the chaos of our household I have had to manage my time so I can still paint and work away with a new body of work to keep my sanity from disappearing.
This isolation period has been a good time to slow down. To not be involved in the daily grind. It has given me time to investigate different avenues within my body of work. I am currently working on capturing the delicacy of human relationships with NZ birds. Creating staged poses that would not normally be seen in everyday life.

I hope everyone is finding time to recharge and doing something that you really enjoy in ‘lockdown’.

Artists in Lockdown – Sally Barron

Hi there
Here are is an image of me in the studio,
It’s a bit bare compared with the usual way it looked with drawings and ideas on the walls, books all over the place but I was packing up before our big move to Auckland for the next couple of years, departing Good Friday- when the lockdown happened and has kept us all in place. I will be working from home for now which is a new but exciting challenge as I will be drawing mainly and trying out ideas I have always meant to do. Life drawing is central to my practice and I attend a couple of different classes a week if I can, so with that gone I will be drawing anything and everything that catches my eye from inside the house to interior exterior scenes… I’m looking forward to seeing what may inspire future paintings. I also have a captive subject with my husband working from home in the kitchen!
I’m staying connected with other artists on Instagram and even though my show @ exhibitions gallery Auckland on the 5 th May has had to be postponed I had completed the paintings. Hopefully the show will go ahead from Wednesday 3rd of June.
Good luck to everyone out there stay safe and happy art making if you can:)

Sally Barron

Artists in Lockdown – Mervin Singham

Hope you’re doing well as we head into week three of the lockdown. It’s great that NZ is doing so well and hopefully things go back to something like our previous lives sooner rather than later. I went to the supermarket in Newtown first thing this morning to discover a long queue snaking around the block! Shock horror – many shelves were empty. Anyway, hopefully this doesn’t last for too long. Lots of red wine being consumed at home but that’s another story….!

I’ve been painting furiously because the Covid situation provides inspiration for expression. Here’s a pic of me in my ‘studio’ (improvised dining room!). That’s my latest painting entitled ‘Transition Angel’. The story is poignant – a dark angel comes to escort a soul to transition. The person in the middle places his arm over his expired loved one because he isn’t ready to let go. I wanted to express the grief that many people are facing as they lose their loved ones to the virus. That’s my tribute to them.

I’ve been producing quite a few new works which is providing an avenue for my own disturbed feelings about the humbling impact of the virus on our lives.

Please stay in touch and keep safe!

Warm regards
Mervin

Artists in Lockdown – Jane Blackmore

We are very much looking forward to celebrating Jane Blackmore’s Auckland exhibition. When the lock-down ceases to be, we will be able to bask in Jane’s thoughtful reflections and receive upliftment from her spiritual connection with the land.

“For over 20 years I have found passion for my artwork in nature. The paintings, whether they are the flowers, abstractions or landscapes are predominantly about stopping and just being in the moment. I have a love for oil paint and the way it moves and glows, it is a constant fascination to me. It is this quality that pushes me to further explore colour, form and movement in all my art.
I want to capture a timeless quality in my work, something that becomes a meaningful part of your life. You will observe and engage differently every time you view it. Inhaling the beauty of something that has been created.” – Jane Blackmore

Artists in Lockdown – Anneke Bester

I am in Dubai at present. We are working from home and under curfew at night. Malls are shut but we can still buy things online. We fortunately have exercise equipment in the basement to keep us entertained. It is indeed strange times. My foundry man in Portugal works by himself and has been able to keep working despite the state of emergency there.

Since we all seem to have some time on our hands, I thought I would share the Storie behind the new series. I started to make a 4th piece, a traveling salesman, still wondering if he should have a face mask or not. The new series is called

“Be your own man”

Be your own man is series of work focusing on the marginalized men of the 2020s. Women got liberated with equal opportunities in education and work satisfaction, but we have boxed men into categories with unacceptable expectations. In the world where women do not have to be kitchen-dwellers staying at home raising kids any more, we still expect of father to be the providers even if the mother is not his partner anymore. We expect of men to ignore their own desires and personalities to become the role the previous century assigned to them. We have a sense of what a man should dress like and how he should behave even if he is extraordinarily creative and different. The oppressed cannot liberate themselves, it is the oppressor that needs to lift the restrictions. When we box men into unacceptable expectations, we are the people who should set them free. We should be the ones allowing men to be the roles that define them. Let them build their role in society around their personalities like women have been able to do in the last half century.

Big boy: Justin

Justin is from a small town where everybody knows one another. He loves to wear a jacket and hat even if nobody understands why.

Artists in Lockdown – Justine Turnbull

Artists in Lockdown – Justine Turnbull

This is a painting I’ve been working on which doesn’t necessarily fit into my oeuvre, but is a study inspired by Jenny Saville’s recent exhibition. I am really enjoying mixing drawing and painting again (you might remember I used to do that a while back) and has been invigorating for my practice to experiment with. A very good excuse to open a glass of wine too :}

take care

Justine

Artists in Lockdown – Rachael Errington

Artist life; the process.
7am; the alarm goes off.
A few minutes later I enjoy a cup of coffee, watching the sun pop up over the hedge, with the dog staring at me through the patio doors with baleful Labrador ‘’feed me’’ eyes.
Each morning is the same. A few minutes of yoga to stretch out my lower back and then a walk.
This is all part of my process. A ritualistic preparation, for which the most part is going to be a long day of painting. For me, the lockdown is easier in this respect than it is for many. Leaving the house is generally considered a ‘treat’, especially when I’m creating a set of works for a show. Ron and Sharon have heard me say ‘’I’m so excited” many times when I’m about to have an exhibition opening. Apart from the buzz of having a show, this is also because I get to leave the studio and venture into the REAL WORLD!
When I talk about what I do, many people assume that I just sit down and start to paint, but the reality is there are hours of preparation before that can happen. The prep starts off in my head, annoyingly normally around 3am for a couple of hours. It gets translated into a sketch, and some blobs of colour, and then left alone for a day or two. When I pick my sketch back up, I start to see what size and shape I would like the painting to take, and I begin by pulling out different sized blank canvases from my stash.
My paintings always start off with a dark colour as the background. I often use a blue black, a midnightish colour. I paint the entire canvas with this and then I leave it alone again for a few days and stare at it.
The next process is the most important part for me. I add the light. I don’t draw on trees or mark where they’re going to sit on the canvas. I take a wide battered brush and scrub in a warm peachy yellow light that allows me to see the rest of the painting in my head. From this point, I can visualise how I want the painting to go in my mind.
Around twenty-five to fifty layers later, a painting pops out.
Where does it all come from? The honest answer is everywhere. I see a colour or a shape I like whilst I’m out walking and it gets imprinted in my minds eye. I also take a lot of photos and use them for reference.
There is an aspect of ‘’me’’ in the paintings. The light represents hope, and joy, and constantly moving towards positive affirmation.
It keeps me positive, happy and challenged.
Every day, something new is discovered. Every day, a unique piece of art is being created.

The painting featured on the pics I sent is 2100 x 1600 $19,500 if anyone wants first dibs.

Artists in Lockdown – Peter Hackett

Artist Peter Hackett in his studio preparing for an upcoming exhibition in Wellington.

“Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well and spirits are high. Practice your art form as much as you can in the time that you have. This is a great industry we are part of.” – Peter Hackett

Peter will be freighting three paintings to the Wellington gallery as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

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.

rsvp: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

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
RSVP: auckland@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

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.