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.
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.