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Job Klijn

We are pleased ti invite you to Job Klijn’s 2022 Solo Exhibition

Opening Thursday 24th February 4.30 -6.30 pm

rsvp essential: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

artwork able to be purchased prior to exhibition opening

Klijn’s paintings are emotional and atmospheric, smouldering even, with an underlying sense of danger and darkness, while remarkably retaining a sense of light or shelter – a calm region for his figures and the viewer to inhabit.

Job often alludes to an underlying fear and insecurity ruling his work due to his lack of formal training in painting, but also recognises that this plays to the style and final look of his pieces.

Job states that he  “starts his paintings by trying to create a ‘background’, a rough sky, a portrait of ‘weather’ that reflects a mood or sense of moodiness that eventually leads to a more specific idea in what direction to take it”.

“I use as much recycled material as I can and my process involves a lot of adding and subtracting of layers, texture, soil, thinning, scraping, burning, swiping etc, until there is a feeling of emotive ‘rightness’. The result often being a multitude of trial and errors”.

This penchant for brooding turbulence and turmoil as a subject, is in the end, tempered by a residual warmth and richness achieved by the process of the art making. Attentive labour and restoration, building complex layers and beauty.

Sometimes, depending on the works ‘idea’, Job will add a figure.

“I sketch endlessly from collected images that show poses I like to achieve, often mathematically re calculating the proportions of limbs and bodies to marry them together in one final sketch”.

Not all of the ‘moodscapes’ include a human form but most do. Job’s figures exude purposefulness, not seeming overwhelmed in their surrounds. They are clean cut, well dressed, stylish even, clearly comfortable and in control in their environs.

Materials from another past with a promising future!

In The Style of Hiroshige

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of:

‘In The Style of Hiroshige’ – Australia

Thursday 27th Jan 2022 5-7pm

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

‘I got hooked on the ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) style through an exhibition of Ando Hiroshige’s fans at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – bold flat expressive colours, clean line drawings and stories of another era and culture. I have tried to imagine how Hiroshige (1797-1858) and his contemporary Hokusai may have shown views of modern Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown, Wanaka, Sydney, Melbourne and Taranaki if they were alive today’. – Alistair McDonald

 

New Arrivals and selected works

A curated selection of paintings and sculpture in our back room gallery.

Including new arrivals , selected work from ‘The Secret Keeper’ and The art of Dr. Seuss, plus some stock room favourites.

Justine Turnbull

Justine Turnbull  ‘Painhorse’

“For this series I was considering whether the materials of drawing and painting can convey emotion as directly as music can. A good playlist is integral to my practice, as it acts as a translator – an intermediary between the purity of emotion and the logic of expression.  It filters today’s experience, keeping me on track as I grapple with the manipulation of the medium.

How does each discipline navigate vulnerability? How to balance head and heart? How much can be left unsaid?”

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Vashti Johnstone

We are pleased to invite you to view the inaugural Wellington exhibition of:

Vashti Johnstone –  ‘Inanimate Lifetimes’

‘Inanimate Lifetimes’ by Vashti Johnstone

Words by Pip Goldsbury

Blueprints in time, Vashti Johnstone’s latest visual narrative explores the intergenerational furniture of the home, a three-dimensional history of inanimate objects dense with silent stories.

Lifetimes and lives have lived on the chairs, with the chairs, before the chairs, even within the chairs, each individual adding their stories and their history to the heirloom pieces.

Metaphorical confessionals, the chairs are relics of the past, laden with whispers, laughter, tears, moments in ordinary time – mostly forgotten, others summoned with ease.

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

 

The Estate By Vashti Johnstone

Three dimensional hard copies of lineages past.

Grandfather clock

A Resounding keeper of time to the living.

Above the kauri scotch-chest a gold gilded mirror reflects another generation of contemporary faces.

Deep leather arm chairs, exude historical conversations, contemplations and imaginings.

Blueprints of past happenings, forever layered on Persian rugs.

The Estate

Three dimensional hard copies of lineages past.

Forever discreet.

 

Siavash Momeny

Originally from Iran, Siavash Momeny graduated from Tehran University before immigrating to New Zealand over twenty years ago.

Inferences of migration and change are prominent themes in Momeny’s paintings. He depicts objects wrapped in newspaper and although their surface is masked, the objects are usually clearly recognisable. The “newspaper” often includes political and social messages.

Artist’s comment:

Objects from our past are locked in with our memories and associations. By covering an object, it becomes universal rather than specific and the viewer may see it from their memory. When items were wrapped and put away, the newspapers used to protect them were current – therefore another reminder of not only the personal memory of the object, but also the wider association of what was happening in the world at that particular time.

The Secret Keeper Sculpture

We are pleased to invite you and your guests to ‘The Secret Keeper’

Catherine Daniels’ story of childhood trauma

A special thanks to Chris and Kathy Parkin for their wonderful support!

This exhibition is about my childhood trauma and sexual abuse. It wasn’t until I was nearly 50 that I realised my secrets had made me sick. As I started to un fold the layers of history through words, many of them in metaphorical form, I joined a writers’ group which supported me in my journey through the complexities of understanding my own mental health issues.

One day I couldn’t write so I decided to make a sculpture to portray what I couldn’t say in words. That day, ‘The Secret Keeper’ was born. Over the last five years I have created 49 sculptures to portray the emotions I could never verbalise out loud. I have also written and published a book of metaphors called “The Secret Keeper” which will be for sale at the exhibition.

I commissioned multi award winning photographer Esther Bunning to portray the visual imagery within the book so the reader feels and senses the disassociation often attached with childhood trauma. We have produced a range of large canvases and metal prints that are available as artworks for sale which has brought another important facet to this project. I have a storytelling video by Terry Wreford Hann showing the sculptures and incorporating words from the book and some footage of me creating the sculptures. This gives the viewer an inside look at how the sculptures have been created.

The never-ending cycle needs to be broken

 

The Secret Keeper Photography

We are pleased to invite you and your guests to ‘The Secret Keeper’

Catherine Daniels’ story of childhood trauma

A special thanks to Chris and Kathy Parkin for their wonderful support!

This exhibition is about my childhood trauma and sexual abuse. It wasn’t until I was nearly 50 that I realised my secrets had made me sick. As I started to un fold the layers of history through words, many of them in metaphorical form, I joined a writers’ group which supported me in my journey through the complexities of understanding my own mental health issues.

One day I couldn’t write so I decided to make a sculpture to portray what I couldn’t say in words. That day, ‘The Secret Keeper’ was born. Over the last five years I have created 49 sculptures to portray the emotions I could never verbalise out loud. I have also written and published a book of metaphors called “The Secret Keeper” which will be for sale at the exhibition.

I commissioned multi award winning photographer Esther Bunning to portray the visual imagery within the book so the reader feels and senses the disassociation often attached with childhood trauma. We have produced a range of large canvases and metal prints that are available as artworks for sale which has brought another important facet to this project. I have a storytelling video by Terry Wreford Hann showing the sculptures and incorporating words from the book and some footage of me creating the sculptures. This gives the viewer an inside look at how the sculptures have been created.

The never-ending cycle needs to be broken

Rachael Errington

‘The Language of Colour’

Commissions Available

“I grew up living in the middle of an English wood, where my brother and I spent most of our time making dens and treehouses. It is undoubtedly this experience that created my fascination with painting trees. I would stand for ages with both hands on a tree, trying to see if there really are tree spirits. I believe there are.
I studied fine art, textiles and then a BA hons in Illustration in the UK; all of which directed me into the way I paint now. After years of traveling I moved to New Zealand nine years ago, and got lost in the diversity of the landscapes that I was surrounded by.
From doodling intricate ball point pen drawings to loose wash water colours, I’ve always been trying to capture the images that I see. As time has progressed, the tree paintings that I create have taken on life of their own. I try to push new boundaries of perception and dimension to the eye. I recreate the texture of bark with modelling paste and other ‘secret’ mediums that are tactile and 3-dimensional, giving the paintings a sense of realism that draws the viewer in further.
The colours that strike me the most are the depth and warmth of autumn, and the fresh lime green tones of spring. I’m endlessly fascinated with using different techniques to recreate the colours.
Painting and art is my passion; it’s all I ever want to do. The trees paintings are an extension of that passion.”

 

Nejat Kavvas

Nejat Kavvas

‘A Kid in a Lolly Shop’

enquiry: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz 

or Phone Ron 021062 2072

“Artists are storytellers of their society and of the period they live in. Their language is their intellectual vision and the materials they use. I use different mediums like bronze, glass, stainless steel, stone, etc. to tell my story. I try to create artworks, with personality; that transmit sensations, with elements of fiction or fantasy.” – Nejat Kavvas

Nejat Kavvas is a contemporary New Zealand sculptor living in Auckland.

Working in cast glass, stainless steel, and bronze, Kavvas creates dynamic bodies of work that include representational sculptures of native fauna, abstract expressions of a landscape or concept in cast glass, and objects created in pure celebration of form and the art of making.

Whether drawing on the essence of a place or idea, Kavvas’ glass works are recognizable by their vibrant hues, refined and elegant form and above all, their masterful sense of luminescent depth.

Kavvas takes inspiration from our natural world, his character-filled representations of our native birds and ocean life meticulously rendered to reflect the fine and beautiful details found in nature.

Kavvas visited New Zealand in the 1970’s to meet his parents-in-law and for the birth of his first child. He fell in love with New Zealand, and his three-month visit became 43 years of Kavvas calling Aotearoa ‘home’.

Kavvas can look back on a diverse and successful career. A trained pharmacist, he morphed into the role of businessman, at one stage importing glass into New Zealand, however he is probably best known for his long-time ownership of Eastern Rug Gallery. Drawing on his eye for colour and form, he also set up TechLoom, a computerised analytical system for plotting weaving patterns.  In addition to the 400 plus rug and carpet designs that he has created, he has also accepted commissions for rugs based on paintings by many New Zealand painters such as Ralph Hotere, Des Robertshaw, John Papas, and Peter James Smith, to name a few.

 In 2001 Kavvas retired from the business world to follow his passion for art. Inspired by leading glass-casting artist Jo Nuttall, and encouraged by architect Ron Sang, Kavvas studied figurative sculpture at Florence Art Academy in Italy before travelling the crystalline corridors to the Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle, California Technical University in California, International Glass Furnace School in Istanbul, and the Stipglass School in The Netherlands, among others.

Alistair McDonald

Congratulations to Alistair McDonald
‘In The Style of Hiroshige’ is a sell out exhibition.

Coming January 29th 2022 ‘In The Style of Hiroshige – the Australian works’

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

‘I got hooked on the ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) style through an exhibition of Ando Hiroshige’s fans at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – bold flat expressive colours, clean line drawings and stories of another era and culture. I have tried to imagine how Hiroshige (1797-1858) and his contemporary Hokusai may have shown views of modern Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown, Wanaka, Sydney, Melbourne and Taranaki if they were alive today’. – Alistair McDonald

Matthew Snowden

Mathew Snowden

Selected works still on show.

Born in Heswall, Merseyside in 1969, Matthew has been a full time professional artist for over 25 years.

He studied at Withens Lane Art College in 1989 followed by Industrial Design (BA Hons) at Teesside University, 1990 -93.

His bold paintings executed exclusively with a palette knife in impasto acrylic have attracted a wide following amongst art collectors in Europe.

Julia White

Introducing Julia White

Now Showing

Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington

 

Pop-Up Gallery

Exhibitions Gallery Pop-Up Featuring George Loizou

76 Mercer Street, Wellington (cnr Mercer and Willis)

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Phone: 021 062 2072

Hours: by appointment

“I am a ‘70’s’ baby, born and raised in Wellington, with a Greek Cypriot/Lebanese background, and like many New Zealanders’, have travelled extensively.

As soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I would draw, and at the age of four, I was drawing cars in 3D.  Since completing a Graphic Design course at Wellington Polytechnic/Victoria University, I have spent numerous years in the design industry but have recently come to a stage where I would prefer to create for myself.

Although all of my individual works share common aspects, I strive for each piece to express different feelings and often employ different techniques.  Through the process of building up layers and decisions around composition, the creative force stays within themes grounded in ideas of mortality and isolation. Primarily ‘moody’, each creation is dark, but also, in some way, optimistic!

Produced on specially imported polyester canvas material with a solvent-based ink, each piece takes two weeks to dry, due to the richness of the blacks”.

Peter Hackett

We are pleased to invite you to view Peter Hackett’s 2020 exhibition.

Venue: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Phone 04 499 6356 or Ron 021 062 2072

“From a very young age I pursued a career in the fine arts, specialising in drawing and painting in every school I attended during my formative years.”

After leaving the compulsory constraints of high school art classes I travelled to Paris, France earning a scholarship in sculpture, painting, printmaking and life drawing whilst studying under some of the most respected names in the Parisian art world such as Camillo Otero and Susanne Runacher. The sweet taste of student life in a liberal art school like The Paris American Academy became the catalyst to the unrestrained experimentation evident in my work for the next ten years.

From 1990 to the turn of the century the experimentation gave way to a recognisable style and a preoccupation with extending my technical range instead of pursuing a narrative. I seek to establish a dominant theme to my work, concentrating my efforts on maturing the subject matter and technique without surrendering to the influences of social trends.

“I have been a finalist in several major art awards including the Air New Zealand Art Award, The Nola Holmwood Memorial Portrait Prize, The Eider Este Art Award and have also received a silver medal in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. My predominantly large works have been exhibited in France, America, Australia, and New Zealand with consistent public interest and I have been rewarded with a faithful customer base.”

John Badcock

John Badcock

‘Twelve Days and Nights in Wellington’ (& selected works)

Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington

ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

or phone 021 062 2072

The Wellington paintings epitomise my endeavour to find physical marks in paint for the emotional traces left by my personal contact.

The works , painted  “ en plain air “ form part of this involvement with the vertical landscape, the people, the colours and the light moving between the buildings.

I move into a form of meditation while I am in the process of painting ,and once I’m released from this state of my mind the painting is finished .

Thank you to everyone who welcomed me onto your streets and sometimes unwittingly became a part of these works. – John Badcock

 

Tony O’Keefe

Tony O’Keefe: ‘The Life of Normals’

Selected work still on show

Exhibitions Gallery, 20A Brandon Street, Wellington CBD

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Phone (04) 499 6356 or Ron 021 0622072

Tony O’Keefe’s latest series is essentially a study of the perpendicular. The Life of Normals looks at the values, forms and rituals that derive from the special distinction of being upright.
Presented as a set of evocative vertical tableaux the collection balances figurative and abstract elements to portray apparently familiar events. Knowing that the viewer will inevitably see themselves in these scenes
O’Keefe introduces ambiguous and disruptive volumes which challenge us to rethink this perception. Is every tower necessarily an abode? Is that really just a briefcase?

In the course of the design and creation of each artwork O’Keefe simultaneously develops a complex milieu of ideas, symbols and references. This narrative is continuously drawn back into the sculpture influencing its final expression. “I regard the completed sculpture and its syndetic story as the same piece of art,” says O’Keefe. His art frequently alludes to Christian tradition, historical events, social and ideological commentary.

Working from his zero waste studio on an organic estate near Queenstown, O’Keefe enjoys both the company of farm animals and the intensely private world of arc welding. Describing his medium of steel as
obstinate’ he wrests remarkable character from the material. The apparent conformity of his population hides the fact that each figure is unique. Created individually at the artist’s hand by the violent and random
forces of high voltage and molten steel.

Insisting that art is a mutual, multi-sensory experience O’Keefe invites people to enjoy the tactile dimensions to his sculpture and says that, unlike most exhibitions, the message here is: “Please Touch the Art”.

Artists in Lockdown – The Exhibition

Artists in Lockdown – The Exhibition

Due to the immense interest and response to the ‘Artists in Lockdown’ social media series, we are excited to follow up with an exhibition born from this unprecedented period of our lives. The exhibition includes supporting material alongside the artworks and a full catalogue.

The artwork and the artist’s feelings, reflected that of many of us, and the resulting body of work is a celebration of the resilience and fortitude of the ‘team of 5 million’. In the end, an endearing optimism echoes the underlying strength that permeates our collective Kiwi psyche.

Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington

Phone 04 499 6356 or Ron 021 0622072

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Paul Vincent

We are pleased to invite you to: ‘In the Mose’ by Paul Vincent

Opening Thursday 27th January 5-7pm

RSVP ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

I first listened to Mose Allison at the Wellington Public Library.

I remember being seemingly transported into his mind.

Ironic but without any nasty, lessons on how to live and be.

But with no sense of “LOOK, (Look at Me) AT ME.

 

Being washed, clean,  without  water, without

“I have the Answers”.

When I get lost , Jaded or blue I turn to Mose.

 

 

Sally Barron

Sally Barron – ‘Postcards From The Edge’

Selected work still on show

Still life: “It has been said that a truly engaged painting practice is one that is involved in the attempt to describe the world as one finds it.
During the isolation and contemplation of lockdown I found myself drawn to the genre of Still life, with the pull and push of gesture and freedom just out of reach.
Still life is a centuries old tradition and as I make my pictures, I am aware that I see through prisms of pre-existing images. Close observation and solidarity of the objects co-exist with loose abstraction of swirls of paint living alongside.
Possibly there is something within me that is resisting the slow evocation of domestic detail and is yearning for a more expansive flourish of uninhibited creation. That containment with a hint of drama is what interests me.”

Landscape: Using  vivid colours and gestural techniques influenced by post-impressionists such as Bonnard and Matisse, as well as strong abstract elements from artists like Rauschenberg and Diebenkorn. She is inspired by the local scenery and stories, artists and memories from the past and future. Sally works almost exclusively in oils, with key themes exploring our relationship with memory and the environment, balancing figuration with the abstract.

Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington.  Phone 04 4996356

ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

 

Alicja Gear

Alicja Gear’s ‘Catchpool’

These serene works open spaces of quiet contemplation.

They are grounded in nature where you can almost hear the leaves moving and the water chattering.  On closer inspection the brushwork in these pieces are loose and expressive. The medium itself is exploited through the layering of paint and the marks themselves. The layers of paint are varied and built up with strong colours that eventually give way to the softer tones of nature, just hinting at what lies beneath. The individual brush marks are varied in weight and importance, thus creating movement and giving life to these scenes.

This is the first series of Alicja’s work to explore the Catchpool valley in the Remutaka’s. The valley is rich with inspiration with a river, nikau grove and mature podocarp/broadlead forest.

Alicja paints in her studio in Plimmerton between raising her three young children.

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz 

Meredith Marsone

We are pleased to invite you to view Meredith Marsone’s 2020 exhibition.

‘An Invitational to Reconnect with Your Kaitiakitanga’

Venue: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art,  20 Brandon Street, Wellington 6011

enquire:  ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz or phone (04) 499 6356

Artists have always contributed to social commentary, holding up mirrors, reminding of things often overlooked or ignored. In viewing this work, my extended-hand is for you to remember your connection to the land.

We are in an unprecedented time. Whether you believe in climate change or not, we are violating our relationship to the ecosystems that sustain and nourish us. Some on our planet are already experiencing massive disruption. This body of work aspires to remind us all of our origins, our intrinsic residence in this natural world. We all come from the earth, and we will return to the earth. May we deeply know that we all came from the same molecules that make up the soil, our food, and that one day we will return those molecules to the earth. To begin again.

My quiet hope is, in that understanding a reverence may be born that will mean we can no longer treat our home, land, and sea any different than our own bodies or each other. All life may thrive, the air may heal, our ecology may rejuvenate. It is that fundamental. Urgent. Today and now. What you do matters. How you see your place in the world, matters.

 

 

 

George Loizou

We are pleased to invite you to view George Loizou’s exhibition.

Opening Wednesday 2nd December 5 – 7pm

Exhibitions Gallery, 20A Brandon Street, Wellington CBD

Phone (04) 499 6356

“I am a ‘70’s’ baby, born and raised in Wellington, with a Greek Cypriot/Lebanese background, and like many New Zealanders’, have travelled extensively.

As soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I would draw, and at the age of four, I was drawing cars in 3D.  Since completing a Graphic Design course at Wellington Polytechnic/Victoria University, I have spent numerous years in the design industry but have recently come to a stage where I would prefer to create for myself.

Although all of my individual works share common aspects, I strive for each piece to express different feelings and often employ different techniques.  Through the process of building up layers and decisions around composition, the creative force stays within themes grounded in ideas of mortality and isolation. Primarily ‘moody’, each creation is dark, but also, in some way, optimistic!

Produced on specially imported polyester canvas material with a solvent-based ink, each piece takes two weeks to dry, due to the richness of the blacks”.

enquiries: ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Mervin Singham ‘my covid-19 bubble’

We invite you to view a selection of artworks from Mervin Singham’s new book:

my covid-19 bubble NARRATIVES’

Exhibitions Gallery, 20A Brandon Street, Wellington CBD

enquiries:  ron@exhibitionsgallery.co.nz

Phone 04 499 6356

When the Covid-19 crisis became real for the world in March 2020, a close friend of mine shared her wisdom with me. She said while we might be devastated by the crisis, she likened the catastrophe to that of a volcanic eruption. She said, ‘volcanoes wreak havoc with their spectacular eruptions, but from the same fiery source come rich and incredibly fertile soils that set the world for rejuvenation and growth’. Her words were a great comfort.

Over the coming weeks, the crisis generated many thoughts and emotions that became the rich ‘soil’ for the spectrum of paintings I created in this book, often with my beloved dog, Bali in the studio with me.

Source: Forward to Mervin’s book ‘my covid-19 bubble’