Summer Salon Show January 2019
On the gallery walls this January is an eclectic mix of works by our stable of artists. Visit and enjoy remarkable watercolours by David Ryan that capture the glaciers, tarns and skies of the Mount Cook area. Wendy Lineham's paintings encourage the viewer to unpick layers of symbols to understand the meanings of the work. Sally Reynolds is showing both sculptural works made of concrete and found objects and landscape paintings. There are the bold landscapes of Rosie Little, the contemporary work of James Kirkwood and Jane Tan's fine gestural paintings.
JAMES ROBINSON: SUBDUCTION
16 November - 15 December 2018
This series of large collage panels began their journey in 2006 when Robinson was working towards the Giants, Saints, Monsters Exhibition. Since then they have been reworked and remodelled into their current form. They have been previously exhibited in Seed Gallery, Auckland and in Nova Scotia where they won a prestigious award. Subduction is a geological process that takes place at the edges of tectonic plates where one plate moves under another. This results in huge underwater landslides and tsunamis. Robinson uses these incredible forces of nature as an analogy to what’s happening on a psychological level when he creates his artworks. He is digging deep, stirring up memories from his past, bringing darkness into the light. The work is raw but composed with thought and care. The paper is worked on physically: torn, scorched , layered and stitched. Robinson uses symbolism and text as well as gestural mark making and drawing to convey meaning. The end result is an artwork created with a multitude of fragments and thoughts, that becomes greater than the sum of it’s parts. The power and energy of Robinson’s art demands full attention from the viewer. They are works to wrestle with and absorb over time
Robinson was born in Christchurch in 1972. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Otago School of Fine Arts in 2000. In 2007 he was the Paramount Winner of the Wallace Art Awards. In Nelson Robinson had a Solo Exhibition at the Suter Art Gallery in 2010. He has held prestigious residencies at the Sarjeant (Wanganui), the McCahon Trust (Auckland) as well as the William Hodges in Southland, and others in New York, Berlin and Melbourne.
ROSIE LITTLE: 'Heading West', Golden Bay Landscapes
10 October - 10 November 2018
Rosie Little spent the winter painting a new series of work exploring the mountains, valleys, estuaries and rivers in Golden Bay. It's a subject that Rosie has returned to again and again over her career as an artist. But as Golden Bay is ever changing due to the weather, the skies and the light, it enables Rosie to keep producing works that are full of energy and a freshness that makes the viewer think it is the first time a scene has been painted. The mark making is strong, the colours bold and the scale impressive. Many of these artworks are now at Estuary Art - Rosie Little's own gallery in Golden Bay. Please contact us for more information.
JAMES KIRKWOOD: 'Walters Bluff: Outdoors for the Indoors'
6 September - 8 October 2018
Kirkwood’s paintings are no regular landscapes. He is inspired by a diverse range of influences including the classical French Baroque period, traditional Chinese painting styles and how these are reproduced in Western art, extravagant interior design and garden trends from the 18th & 19th century. These elements are combined in paintings that challenge and play with our perceptions. There is a humour and lightness to Kirkwood’s work, but also a depth that will reward those who spend time deconstructing the layers.
Kirkwood graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1986. Since then he has twice been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards. He has three paintings in the Wallace Collection and a painting with the Sarjeant Gallery Collection in Whanganui. He was the winner of the inaugural BMW Art Award in 2005 and partook in "Sculpture in the Gardens" 2013 with a three-tiered personal take on a Chinese Pagoda.
Not all of these works are held at the gallery so please call ahead if you would like to view.