At the close of last year Peter completed three major artworks that are waiting to be hung at the soon to open Rydges Hotel at Wellington Airport. It is a rare opportunity for an artist to paint on a non-domestic scale and Peter has always relished the idea of painting bigger, so the commission for the three works at 3.3 x 1.8 metres each was just to his predilection. Having followed his progress, I am excited about viewing the paintings in-situ.
Congratulations to artist Kate Beatty. With only a few paintings available, her first Auckland exhibition appears to be heading for a sell-out. Kate’s current series of works explore the hierarchy of image and object through a process that draws on seriality and originality. Repeated botanical studies form the background , as a native bird is depicted in the corner or centre of the artwork. This patterning effect works to devalue the botanical image; it becomes design, wallpaper-esque, whereas the depicted native birds stand by themselves. A ‘colourwash’ is applied over the surface, simultaneously pulling some of the botanical images into the mid and foreground. In doing this, the background almost acquires the status of subject as the native birds fall between the fore and mid-ground. The combined result is uncanny; nothing seems to be quite what it should. I would encourage you to visit the gallery and see why the response has been so overwhelming, if you are not quick enough to secure one of the remaining works, enquire at the gallery we may even be able to organise a commission.
Ngaire Stone, Ron Epskamp from Exhibitions Gallery with artist Kate Beatty, at the opening of her new exhibition. Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland.
Last Friday, 27th July, we had a wonderful opening reception for our 2018-2019 catalogue launch, followed by a dinner on Saturday for the participating artists and there partners. I think everyone agreed it was a major success. Thank you to all who participated and helped with the catalogue, the opening reception and the dinner. If you wish to grab a free catalogue just stop by the Wellington or Auckland Galleries.
Shane Hansen, the host of the successful new local series Design Junkies on TVNZ , will give an artist talk at Exhibitions Gallery, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland on Saturday 26th May at 2.30pm. You can also take the opportunity to view Shane’s work currently on show.
Prior to exhibiting in our Wellington Gallery Terry Fergusson, also known as the Bushman’s Son, is previewing a selection of work from his upcoming exhibition ‘be…’.
Terry’s current work is an evolution from his first sell out show ‘RAW’ in 2016.
“In this body of work, I wanted to look deeper into different personalities and individuals and what creates emotional responses”
The exhibition can be seen at the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria before opening on the 23rd August at Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington.
Artist Terry Fergusson, also known as The Bushman’s Son.
Congratulations to Milan Mrkusich, whose painting Triptych: Homage to Rodchenko, 1966 recently sold at auction for $200,000 setting a new record for one of his works. The sale raised much needed funds for Aratoi in Masterton.
Milan, a pioneer of abstract painting in New Zealand is one of our most important living artists.
Congratulations to upcoming exhibitor Shane Hansen! Shane is hosting the new local series ‘Design Junkies’ starting in May on TVNZ1.
You can meet Shane at the opening of his upcoming exhibition in our Auckland Gallery.
The opening is on Thursday the 8th May, from 6-8pm
Exhibitions Gallery, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland.
Phone (09) 523 5560 or Ngaire 021 415 449.
Tainui – Ngati Hine, Ngati Mahunga
Shane is of Maori, Chinese, Danish and Scottish descent, which is reflected in his art as he navigates his way on a journey of cultural discovery and self-acceptance. He describes his work as his therapy, kai for the mind and soul.
Starting his career as a self-taught fashion designer, he set up his own label at the age of 19, then went on to work for labels such as Canterbury International and Town & Country Surf Designs. His flair for fashion is evident in his work, through beautiful flowing lines and the use of tactile textures.
‘I want people to engage with my work in more than one way. I want them to touch it and smell it, as well as view it. By doing this they feel more connected to the piece and feel a sense of familiarity with it.’
Shane works in many mediums such as wood, glass and metal, which he sees as a reflection of his multi-cultural make-up. He mainly paints on plywood as the grains, knots and blemishes have a history, tell a story and bring a special depth to his work.
‘The detail of my mahi, is in it’s simplicity. Keeping details to a minimum to achieve an image of high impact, depth and meaning, is a challenge, but I feel the work is stronger because of it. The term less is more, is definitely the case with my work and it doesn’t mean it is less meaningful.’
‘An artist is what I am. It’s taken me a few years to get here, but now I have arrived. My journey has just begun and I want others to come with me. I love doing what I do, I love being who I am!’
Ewan McDougall Eyes in th’ Back of his Head : 30 years painting Opening June 28th Exhibitions Gallery, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington
Artist Statement: I began painting fulltime in 1989 with fresh eyes focused on the paper and the paint.
Now after thirty years of often obsessive, flat-tack work, 88 solo exhibitions and substantial international experience as an exhibiting artist, I have a large body of paintings and it is time for retrospection, as a ‘man with eyes in the back of his head’.
I was not long back from my solo show at the Brighton Arts festival UK last year when Ron Epskamp of Exhibition Galleries in Wellington offered me the entire gallery space for hosting what will be a large and vibrant exhibition. It will showcase paintings from early restrained surrealist works on paper painted in the late 1980s, to 2 x 3 metre impasto diptychs, crammed with vivid, frenzied primitive figures.
I am excited about this, my strongest show yet, and I want the viewer to witness the transmogrification of an artist as who is led by intuition and impulse, rather than by careful crafting of restrained work for a cautious art buyer.
From a quiet ‘opening’, over decades of dedication, has emerged ‘open slather’ painting!
The compulsion to ecstacy through raw creation is the same as I look forward to decades more painting but now my ‘eyes in the back of the head’ are peering out over the landscape of calm serenity, and then rugged wild impasto and colour.
I cant wait.