I dream of Fishes

ARTIST:

Grant Hanna (Auckland)

TITLE:

I Dream of Fishes

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on canvas

Grant is a surrealist painter with a dry and witty sense of humour. His thought-provoking works are a bizarre interpretation of the familiar.

This painting depicts the Mona Lisa with her Maori cloak, washing gloves and beautiful tropical fish floating around her paper-bagged head.

He experiments with reality, humour and personal perversity.

Untitled Construction chimney pot and landscape

ARTIST:

Brent Wong (West Coast)

TITLE:

Untitled - Construction, Chimney pot and landscape

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on board

This significant piece of art was purchased from the Collection of Roy and Juliet Cowan. These highly regarded Wellington artists are strongly involved in the art and potting community.

Brent’s work has been described as ‘Surrealistic’. His symbolic content reflects mostly autobiographical material and scrupulously observed landscapes and simplified forms. His love of nature and the sky and his remarkable draughtsmanship are predominant in this painting.

 

 

Bay of Islands Tai Tokerau Country 1986

ARTIST:

Buck Nin (Auckland)

TITLE:

Bay of Islands - Tai Tokerau Country 1986

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

The late Dr Buck Nin is a highly-respected artist of Maori and Chinese descent. Maori symbolism, forms derived from customary carving and kowhaiwhai designs, join with European modes of landscape into a single image.

This painting explores the painful process of Maori adapting to modern urban life. It offers the hope of togetherness by melding landform and Maori design. 

Dean Proudfoot Billy Buys from an Honesty Box in a NZ Landscape

ARTIST:

Dean Proudfoot (Wellington)

TITLE:

Billy Buys from an Honesty Box in a NZ landscape

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

This work is a salute to the artist Billy Apple. Apple is a NZ 'Pop' artist whose work is a study of 'What is Art'. Here he takes the sign for the honesty box and purchases the advertising rather than the product.

Ahh.. the Quater Acre Dream

ARTIST:

Lynne Sandri (Wellington)

TITLE:

Ahh..the Quarter Acre Dream

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

Lynne’s paintings speak about our language and generally accepted myths such as the ‘Quarter Acre Dream’; the desire for home ownership and the pleasure of maintaining it. She dips into and challenges what it feels like to live on an evolving small island, here at the corner of the world.

Her works have a whimsical edge revealing some of the past that has shaped her and her current observations.

 

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ARTIST:

Angela Singer (Dunedin)

TITLE:

Flight of Fancy

MEDIUM:

Bejewelled Stuffed Duck and Pheasant

Recycling vintage taxidermy is the key to Angela's work (the birds were donated to her).

She questions the notion that people are inherently separate from but superior to other species. She alters the traditional practices of taxidermy, which shrink the creature, by incorporating unnatural elements/environments.This gives the bird or animal back its presence, making it too big to ignore.

She also challenges the culture in which hunting trophies are so prevalent, accepted, taken for granted and treated like cosy furniture for the wall.

Anne Munz Standing Dryad with Tree

ARTIST:

Anne Munz (Wellington)

TITLE:

Standing Dryad with Tree

MEDIUM:

Oil and enamel on canvas

The theme of Anne’s work is the relationship between biological life and land forms. The tree serves as a symbol of life, one that nourishes the human body in a thousand different ways, and a symbol of sturdiness and vigorous growth.

 

Astronomies

ARTIST:

Gretchen Albrecht (Auckland)

TITLE:

Astonomies

MEDIUM:

Lithograph

Gretchen’s signature shaped formats are the hemisphere (half circle) and the oval. These formats are associated with states of mind. Combining the formats with colour and geometry evokes images with a clear poetic impulse, in which references to landscape, family and the cosmos act as emotional points of departure.

 

At this hour 21.36

ARTIST:

Gretchen Albrecht (Auckland)

TITLE:

At this hour

MEDIUM:

Lithograph

Gretchen’s signature shaped formats are the hemisphere (half circle) and the oval. These formats are associated with states of mind. Combining the formats with colour and geometry evokes images with a clear poetic impulse, in which references to landscape, family and the cosmos act as emotional points of departure.

 

Massimo Tamburini MV Agusta Tamburini F4 1000c

ARTIST:

Massimo Tamburini (Italy )

TITLE:

MV Agusta Tamburini F4-1000c Four Cylinder Engine

MEDIUM:

Sports Motorcycle

This is one of a limited edition of 300 motorcycles. It has the heart of a racing bike, yet all the glamour of an individual work of art. Massimo felt he had achieved his dream of producing the fastest, the most beautiful powerful, exclusive, sought-after motorcycle available.

As it is part of this collection, Chris Parkin, rarely gets the chance to take this baby for a spin.

Arnolfini Wedding

ARTIST:

Sarah Courtney (Whanganui)

TITLE:

Arnolfini Wedding

MEDIUM:

x7 Pieces of etched and painted glass

Sarah’s clever use of glass at different angles gives an insight into periods of her fathers’ life and his poetry. There are also personal messages from her family and images by Jan Van Eyke.

 

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

ARTIST:

Madeleine Casey (Auckland)

TITLE:

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Madeleine’s figurative paintings deal with issues of female identity and life in a society where the media creates, controls and manipulates. Her paintings are a combination of images and text interacting with each other on canvas.

 

Bill Hamond 21st Birthday Present

ARTIST:

Bill Hammond (Lyttleton)

TITLE:

21st Birthday Present

MEDIUM:

Wooden steel wire nail box

A rare example of Bill's early work as a toymaker. He is better known for his haunting half-human, half-bird paintings. This box is of interest because it shows Hammond working with everyday objects in an inventive way.

This technique was repeated later on with his screen ..

Girls and Dolls

ARTIST:

Viky Garden (Wellington)

TITLE:

Girls and Dolls

MEDIUM:

Oil paint on rough hessian, backed on smooth hardboard

Viky’s fi gurative paintings refl ect an innate sense of self within a post-feminist 21st-century view of NZ.

Use of simple domestic props enables her to express her personal views on universal topics. Fabric and pattern are important to link the past and present and combine gender, memory and historical references.

Todd Couper Strong Woman

ARTIST:

Todd Couper

TITLE:

Strong Woman

MEDIUM:

Bronze and horse hair

Todd is a promising Maori artist from the Ngati Kahungunu iwi. He has forged his own distinctive style and direction in wood carving

and sculpturing, encapsulating his vision and understanding of Maoridom.

Colleen Hannah Mask Collection

ARTIST:

Colleen Hannah (Wellington)

TITLE:

Mask Collection (8 Various)

MEDIUM:

Ceramic and mixed media

Colleen honed her skills through study in Venice. She imports material from Florence to create her unique masks. These masks are traditionally styled and handmade. Colleen’s work has been commissioned by many clients including Olivia Newton-John.

Stephen Martyn Welch Willie Nelson

ARTIST:

Stephen Martyn Welch (Auckland)

TITLE:

Willie Nelson

MEDIUM:

Oil on Canvas

Stephen is regarded as one of NZ’s most promising portrait artists.

The strength in his work is his ability to be a compassionate observer and portray the humanity and personality of his subject. Stephen questions and concentrates on identity, culture and circumstance through portraiture. He attempts to reveal the mood and the real personality of the subject sitting before him.

In 2008/2009 Stephen hosted a television show ‘The Sitting’ on TVNZ’s Channel 6 where he painted portraits of NZ celebrities as he interviewed them.

Ranymond Ching Drumbearer The Mourning of Laura Buller

ARTIST:

Raymon Ching (Wellington, London)

TITLE:

Drumbearer / The mourning of Laura Buller

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas on panel

Raymond is a world-renowned contemporary bird painter and also an artist of considerable standing for his portrait and animal life paintings.

This particular painting is about loss – loss of hope, dreams and species leading to extinction. He has used a contemporary representation of Walter Buller’s wife, Laura, to cradle the dying female Huia, representing the last of her species. (Walter Buller was a controversial author and expert on the study of NZ native birds). It was Laura who made the only drawings ever sketched from a living Huia. The comic book pages in the background represent the world that these people and other animals inhabit.

Daniel Campion Swimming with Fishes

ARTIST:

Daniel Campion (Nelson)

TITLE:

Swimming with Fishes

MEDIUM:

Wood, resin and real fish

Daniel’s work is about the human condition, the fusion and design of matter, and spirit. To him, art is a platform to explore the profound and the unknown.

He seeks to draw you into the artwork to show the fundamentals of the fabric of existence where he can explore his anxiety of matter (anxiety being decay or decomposition).

Dick Frizzell The Second Metaphysical Cheese

ARTIST:

Dick Frizzell (Hawkes Bay)

TITLE:

The Second Metaphysical Cheese

MEDIUM:

21/100 limited edition print

Dick’s paintings are filled with loaded images that take on unusual, original and often sharply critical meanings because of the way he treats them. He has a mocking view of art and the world. His work tends to deal with the conventions of representation. He imitates labels and uses comicbook figures for his imagery, reflecting his early exposure to commercial advertising.

This limited edition artwork was commissioned by Kapiti cheesemaker’s to promote their range of popular cheeses.

Robin White Hills of Porirua

ARTIST:

Robin White (Wellington)

TITLE:

Hill of Porirua

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

Robin is well known for her distinctive, hard-edged, realist images of NZ rural and urban landscapes. She has a strong affinity with her subject. Her family has been here for many generations going back to the time before the first Pakeha settlers of the Bay of Plenty area. Her subject matter reflects her environment and the way she was brought up. She sees herself as a recorder of the reality of a situation.

Her paintings are of a flat nature, showing hills and landscapes in characteristic silhouette form.

David Knowles Lady by Open Window

ARTIST:

David Knowles (Greytown)

TITLE:

Lady by Open Window

MEDIUM:

Oil on Board

David thinks of himself as a romantic, and specialises in renaissance-style painting. The subject here was his girlfriend, Jo, at a time when he was younger. Jo posed for him in a chocolate brown walled room with dramatic light and shadows. He completed this painting languidly so as to enjoy the look of his subject and get her ‘just right’. David is currently working on a series of copies of the Old Masters’ paintings.

Ian Scott McHahon

ARTIST:

Ian Scott (Auckland)

TITLE:

McCahon 11.9.62

MEDIUM:

Oil and screen print on canvas

Ian Scott is regarded as one of NZ’s few Pop artists. This work is from a series of ‘paintings about painting’. Like a screen print, sharp-edged rectangular areas of monochrome colour are masked on top of a background of traditional landscape painting. His iconic images hint at the relationship between popular culture and ‘highbrow’ art, questioning what it is that determines the elevation of an image to this level.

Daron Parton The Key

ARTIST:

Daron Parton (Wellington)

TITLE:

The key

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on paper

Daron paints in a unique and individual style. It can best be described as an ode to Victorian portraits of extended family hanging in a rouges gallery. Often the subjects are in full regalia, capturing absurd characteristics and pastimes that are beautifully ugly.

Daron is a part of Watermark Ltd, a collective of illustrators for a global client base.

web Distance Becomes Her

ARTIST:

Nicky Foreman (Auckland)

TITLE:

Distance Becomes Her

MEDIUM:

Oil on board with metal bolt

Originally from New Plymouth, Taranaki, Nicky articulates her personal journey through life. Combining literal markers, such as signposts and landmarks, with symbols and metaphorical imagery, she considers our connection with place and the personal meaning of certain locations.

Her compositions retain a painterly basis yet often incorporate collage and three-dimensional media.

webDean Proudfoot Gordon Bowls Dick a Googly in a NZ Landscape

ARTIST:

Dean Proudfoot (Wellington)

TITLE:

Gordan Bowls Dick a Googly in a NZ Landscape

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

Dean's Painting tease out wit and fun by mixing NZ cultural icons (such as McCahon-esque landscapes) with NZ personalities who are cemented in our visual and cultural language.

This painting is a play on the idea of cultural appropriation. Here artists Gordan Walters and Dick Frizzell ( both recognised for their appropriation of Maori motifs) play a game of cricket.

 

web Dean Proudfoot Tame Performs in a NZ Landscape

ARTIST:

Dean Proudfoot (Wellington)

TITLE:

Tame Performs in a NZ Landscape

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

Dean’s paintings tease out wit and fun by mixing NZ cultural icons (such as McCahon-esque landscapes) with NZ personalities who are cemented in our visual and cultural language.

This painting depicts Tame Iti, a Maori activist who enjoys being in the limelight. Tame Iti performed a Shakespearean play, spoken in Maori, whilst in the UK. We see him contemplating the skull of Horatio and a gun. This is the gun he famously used to shoot the NZ Flag during a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing. The backdrop is a representation of Iti’s tribal land; the Ureweras. Iti’s tribe, the Tuhoe, are called ‘The Children of the Mist’.

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Nigel Brown (Cosy Nook)

TITLE:

Developer

MEDIUM:

Oil on linen

The artist’s own bite-sized words are an important starter to Nigel’s paintings. His distinctive hard edged style and social commentary draws directly on the slang spoken in NZ.

This piece talks about NZ’s inability to escape the awareness of lurking ‘development’. Development eats into the cliffs, is full of goals, ‘I AM’s’ and kites of ideas flown. The developers wear sunglasses, remote from the wood pigeon shown flying above. Development is done in the name of money and creating the illusion of security. The painting is not cynical but rather the reality of the human condition and of town versus country.

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ARTIST:

Duncan Smith (Wellington)

TITLE:

Rob Coming

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Duncan is a self taught artist who enjoys capturing the essence of people he observes. His two paintings (‘Rob Coming’ and ‘Rob Going’) are of the late Robert (Rob) Jones, a transient local identity seen wandering Wellington streets for 20 years.

Rob was also known as ‘The Bucket Man’ for the bucket in which he carried his possessions. The artist says Rob forced society to look at itself. "If Rob’s coming towards us, how do we greet him? What do we do, do we just ignore him, do we just pass by?"

web Early Morning Warning

ARTIST:

Michael Smithers (Coromandel)

TITLE:

Early Morning Warning

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Michael is a well known and admired artist. Typically, he simplifies, thereby highlighting the most symbolic elements. He hints at both environmental and religious concerns, invoking water as a symbol of purity. Michael is an active conservationist.

web Duncan Smith Rob Going

ARTIST:

Duncan Smith (Wellington)

TITLE:

Rob Going

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Duncan is a self-taught artist who enjoys capturing the essence of people he observes. His two paintings (‘Rob Coming’ and ‘Rob Going’) are of the late Robert (Rob) Jones, a transient local identity seen wandering Wellington streets for 20 years. Rob was also known as ‘The Bucket Man’ for the bucket in which he carried his possessions. The artist says Rob forced society to look at itself.“If Rob’s coming towards us, how do we greet him? What do we do, do we just ignore him, do we just pass by?”

 

web Faraway

ARTIST:

Richard Adams (Wellington)

TITLE:

Faraway

MEDIUM:

Oil/acrylic on canvas

 

Richard is well known as an abstract painter and jazz violinist. He believes the improvisation in painting and music are similar. His minimalist planes of vertical and horizontal panel motifs, curves and lines, are inspired by and abstracted from nature, colours, textures, shapes and surfaces.

This artwork does not have an overt origin. Rather, it has been drawn from overlooked corners of the world such as the roadside, buildings or railway wagons.

 

web Geoff Dixon Large Takehe with Sparrow

ARTIST:

Geoff Dixon (Cairns)

TITLE:

Large Takahe with sparrow

MEDIUM:

Enamel paint and lacquer on canvas

This is a portrait of an endangered NZ bird, the Takahe, and the common sparrow. It is a metaphor of humans in an era of technology where the human condition is overstressed.

Rain (red and teal blue paint) streams down the painting evoking a feeling of welcome for the birds in their own environment. Nevertheless, the birds are poised on a plane of potential, at the cusp of the past, this moment and all the possible futures beyond. The alien sci-fi landscape brings to mind the fantasy of childhood images and the possible futures they suggest.

web Fran Dibble in These Drops the Universe is Contained

ARTIST:

Fran Dibble (Palmerston North)

TITLE:

In These Drops the Universe is Contained

MEDIUM:

12 panels 92 bronze and 10 primed hardboards

An eclectic mix of media and subject create interest in this artwork. Masculine metalwork contrasts with feminine materials, all styled into folk work with images running from one panel to the other. Fran’s observation of life with water is the continual theme in this piece. Fran is also a writer and has contributed essays to the book ‘Paul Dibble’, which is about the work of her partner, well-known bronze sculptor, Paul Dibble.

web Gail Gauldie Passage to Memory VII

ARTIST:

Gail Gauldie (Wellington)

TITLE:

Passage to Memory VII

MEDIUM:

Oil, tar, frayed cloth, paper on canvas

Gail’s work is about layering ideas of time, memory and the telling of our own stories. It moves between varying shades of dark and light to express thoughts of past, present and the future. Tar portrays darkness, cloth is sacredness and memory, white is about the future, light and spirituality and gold is precious and rich emotions.

web Glenda Roberts View of Oriental Parade

ARTIST:

Glenda Roberts (Wellington)

TITLE:

View of Oriental Parade

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on paper framed

Glenda is known for her colourful and simple paintings of views taken around Wellington. Glenda and the late Shona MacFarlane often painted together, each depicting the same scene whilst using their own distinctive style.

web Relic Sally Burton

ARTIST:

Sally Burton (Nelson)

TITLE:

Relic

MEDIUM:

Acrylic,gold leaf, wood panels, geo-textile, wood.

Sally’s paintings hover between representational and dream worlds and continue a theme of bowl and vessel forms. Her images shift between solid and liquid and the place where land meets sea and nature. This piece speaks of the memory of our extinct huia bird.

web Gregor Kregar I Disappear

ARTIST:

Gregor Kregar (Auckland )

TITLE:

I dissappear

MEDIUM:

Glazed stoneware

These sculptures are replicated clay versions of the artist himself in various scales. Each replica is created from the form of the last mould. The shrinkage that occurs questions the notion of ‘I shrink therefore I am’ and ‘the more you look at yourself, the less you see’ signalling a removal of self or a denial of the artistic ego.

webGrey Stones

ARTIST:

Stephen Howard (Auckland)

TITLE:

Grey Stones

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Meticulous attention to detail is evidenced in Stephen’s artwork. Look closely at how each stone is painted. He encapsulates the NZ landscape in a delicately dreamlike atmosphere after stripping the scenery of all but its basic shapes. Stephen’s artwork captures the spirit of a place, leaving a lasting emotional impression.

webHariata Ropata Tangahoa La Primi Donna Piotti

ARTIST:

Hariata Ropata Tangahoe (Otaki)

TITLE:

La Prima Donna Piotti

MEDIUM:

Acrylic and metallic pigment on stretched canvas.

Hariata’s work has been described as naïve, yet intuitive. Her portraits suggest a sense of self, a blend of myth, history and statements of identity. In the artists words “who I think I am”. Hariata’s work has been compared to portraits of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Her multi-generational figures are family (her whakapapa), a living manifestation of all who have gone before. In this painting are the artist’s great great grandmother, Martha Piotti-Carkeek (born in Northern Italy), and Martha’s husband, Captain Carkeek, Controller of Customs in Wellington in the 1850s.

webI go today you follow tomorrow

ARTIST:

John Puhiatau Pule (Auckland)

TITLE:

I go today, you follow tomorrow

MEDIUM:

Oil and Ink on un-stretched canvas

John's paintings are not only about Polynesian culture and identity, but also dwell on matters of love and loss that are highly personal and at the same time universal.

He creates clouds out of pools of paint and those clouds become anchors for a surreal world. These clouds are seen from side-on, as from a plane, and are the supports for plant life which then create a curtain of trailing vines. They are linked by ladders and pathways that groups of workers struggle to ascend.

It is a stage for elaborate ritual works, involving people who struggle to bear a sacrifice. There are signs of death, violence, as well as generation and creativity.

webI wear this on my body

ARTIST:

Peter Morin (Canada)

TITLE:

I wear this on my body

MEDIUM:

Lithographic textile with paua shell nipples

This artist is a curator, a writer and a leader of indigenous Canadian youth in various projects. He therefore has a strong multicultural heritage to draw upon. The images shown on his body tell of his family and the stories of his nation. An accompanying poem speaks to these images. This artwork was part of a group show that profiled next generation Maori and indigenous artists, called ‘He Rere Kee – Taking Flight’. The exhibition celebrated the past whilst voicing concerns and issues of the present.

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Heather Wilson (Napier)

TITLE:

Dinner at Eight, Coffee and Cake

MEDIUM:

Acrylic and resin on canvas

Use of bold colour and texture is a distinctive trademark of Heather’s work. Her double degree in food science and nutrition naturally influences the content of this collection of paintings.

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Linda Fowles-Savell (Wellington)

TITLE:

x3 Torsos

MEDIUM:

Ceramic

Linda creates life-like torsos of people with clothing intricately made from ceramics.

webJane Brimblecombe Decorative Mirror

ARTIST:

Jane Brimblecombe (Wellington)

TITLE:

Decorative Mirrors

MEDIUM:

Cut mirror mounted

These handmade mirrors have been specially commissioned, and designed, to enhance the boutique décor of the new apartment addition to the Hotel.

 

webJustin Smith Combination of three Henri Rousseau paintings

ARTIST:

Justin Smith

TITLE:

Combination of three Henri Rousseau paintings

MEDIUM:

Mural (Acrylic paint)

This mural was commissioned by Chris Parkin to incorporate paintings by his favourite artist Henri Rousseau.

Henri Rousseau was a working class French post-impressionist painter of the late 18th century. His jungle paintings are scenes of wild animals including tigers, monkeys and buffalos. It was assumed that he was inspired by images of the Botanical Garden in Paris and photographs of wild beasts.

Justin chose three paintings to create a fantasy theme which he felt best suited the eccentricity of the Museum Hotel with all its mystery.

webLee Gutterson The Last Tuna

ARTIST:

Lee Gutterson (Wellington)

TITLE:

The Last Tuna

MEDIUM:

Wood, steel and paua

Lee’s work is semi-realistic renditions generally made of wood and steel. In addition to his talent for creating fish and marine life sculptures, he also designs and makes custom furniture.

webMadelaine Casey Loved

ARTIST:

Madeleine Casey (Auckland)

TITLE:

Loved

MEDIUM:

Oil on board

Madeleine’s figurative paintings deal with issues of female identity and living in a society where the media creates, controls and manipulates. Her paintings are a combination of images and text interacting with each other on canvas

 

webLynne Sandri The Wearer Series...

ARTIST:

Lynne Sandri (Wellington)

TITLE:

The Wearer Series

MEDIUM:

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Lynne’s quirky commentary on daily life and existence examines how the contents of a woman’s handbag reflect the personality and lifestyle of its owner.

 

webMadame Butterfly

ARTIST:

Philip Markham (Wellington)

TITLE:

Madame Butterfly

MEDIUM:

Ink, acrylic and gold leaf on paper

This artwork is the original hand-painted costume drawing from Madame Butterfly. Philip has designed several productions for the Royal NZ Ballet and was in-residence designer for the National Opera. He has also designed productions of Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and Madame Butterfly.

webMeredith Parkin Shift

ARTIST:

Meredith Parkin (Wellington)

TITLE:

Shift

MEDIUM:

Acrylic, Photos and ink on canvas

Meredith is a promising emerging artist and her experience in printmaking, photography, art history and history is reflected in this particular painting.

The subject matter deals with her perception of time, death, reality and surrealism.

webMonique Richards No Robot

ARTIST:

Monique Richards (Western Australia )

TITLE:

No Robot

MEDIUM:

Oil on canvas

Monique paints figurative works with abstract elements. They reflect issues and situations facing young women. Monique is an emerging artist who believes that an audience can find their own meaning in a piece of art, and that by sharing that which is personal, you can relate to others.

She has recently won the 2008 ‘Black Swan’ prize for her portrait of the musician John Butler. The ‘Black Swan’ prize for portraiture is Western Australia’s answer to the Archibald Prize.

webNative New Zealanders

ARTIST:

Lynne Sandri (Wellington)

TITLE:

Native New Zealanders

MEDIUM:

Textured oil on canvas/board

Lynne’s paintings are bold and incredibly tactile, enticing the viewer to reach out and touch them. These five panels of native plants are rich in symbolism:

Toe-Toes (wind and movement of Wellington) 

Karaka Berries (healing)

Flax (family unity)

P¯ohutukawa (vibrancy, energy and summer)

Nikau Palm (strength and achievement)

 

webPaul Vincent Umeeah

ARTIST:

Paul Vincent (Wellington)

TITLE:

Umeeah

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on canvas

Paul uses painting as a form of meditation. Working with a limited colour palette, and symbols, most of his work is done through the building up of layers. Paul describes this method as “looking and searching for the truth, a slow release over fast burn”. His paintings allow the viewer to ponder over them, rather than giving away their secrets immediately.

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ARTIST:

Maxine Waters (Nelson )

TITLE:

x2 White Torsos

MEDIUM:

Ceramic

The Nelson area of NZ gained international attention for the much-loved, wildly creative World of Wearable Art show which started there. Maxine’s work symbolises iconic Wearable Art.

She has been working and teaching in ceramics and paint for many years in a small community called Teal Valley near Nelson.

webPaulus McKinnon Queens Chain Sections

ARTIST:

Paulus McKinnon (Gisborne)

TITLE:

Queens Chain Sections

MEDIUM:

Tiles on aluminium on board

Paulus is both an artist and a sign-writer. His work explores past and present relationships, both human and environmental. It speaks of discovery, loss and preservation. He creates symbolic stories using various combinations of materials including enamel paint, aluminum and vinyl.

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Sandy Rodgers (Wellington)

TITLE:

Te Ao Nui (the Whole World)

MEDIUM:

Watercolour, ink, acrylic, paper, shellac, wax, canvas.

Sandy uses an approach that melds historical information with fine art to create interesting, informative and beautiful works.

In this piece, maps reference two important aspects of pacific heritage: the passage of Polynesian voyagers and the story of Sky Father and Earth Mother (Ranginui and Papatuanuku).

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Wendy Lineham (Nelson)

TITLE:

Kowaruwaru-Tanga

MEDIUM:

Acrylic on canvas

Wendy combines the modern with the past. She infuses our cultural heritage into pieces that provide a little jest along with thoughtful insight into who we are as New Zealanders and the influence of British colonialism.

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Terry Parkin (Nelson)

TITLE:

Table

MEDIUM:

Wooden table with blue glass inserts and one draw

Terry uses a variety of timber and cast glass to draw a cultural and technological line. A line that pays respect and reverence to all previous craftspeople who, over the ages, have perfected the use of stone, silk, flax, glass, steel and other media. The skills and teachings of these craftspeople have benefited the artist. His furniture has a combination of hard edges and straight lines juxtaposed to soft edges and lines. This equates to a balance between logic, intellect, emotion and heart. His work offers a glimpse of diversity and richness, of where we may have come from and a positive vision of where we may be going.

 

webSimon Mee The Attack of the 60ft Vermeer...

ARTIST:

Simon Mee (Queensland)

TITLE:

The Attack of the 60 ft Vermeer

MEDIUM:

Oil on linen

Simon’s distinctive use of children’s playthings strikes an uncomfortable chord. This piece resonates with the work of early sixteenth century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.

Vermeer’s intricate works are considered pinnacles in the history of art. The styles of bonnet and the apron are appropriate to that period and convey an opulence that is at odds with the Brisbane streets of today depicted in the painting. The oversized doll, which relates to old B-Grade movies, gazes off into the distance unaware and uncaring, not terrorising. The artist points to the foibles of life, the nuances of living.

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ARTIST:

Sir Toss Woollaston

TITLE:

The Figures 1/10

MEDIUM:

Crayon on paper

Sir Toss Woollaston was among the founders of modern art in NZ and was recognised as such when knighted for his services to art in 1979 - the first artist in NZ to be awarded this honour.

Sir Toss is perhaps best known for his large-scale landscape oil paintings, but he was also prolific in watercolour and works on paper. He used these mediums not only for preparatory sketches but also considered them complete works on their own. His watercolours and crayon drawings show freshness and immediacy, reflecting his spontaneous approach to painting.

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Gretchen Albrecht (Auckland)

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Sea of Faith 22/40

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Lithograph

Gretchen’s signature-shaped formats are the hemisphere (half circle) and the oval. These formats are associated with states of mind. Combining the formats with colour and geometry evokes images with a clear poetic impulse, in which references to landscape, family and the cosmos act as emotional points of departure.

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Sarah Courtney (Whanganui)

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Views on Vine

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Etched and painted glass

Sarah uses clever and diverse angles of glass to represent the wines and temptations of the Museum Hotel Bar.

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Sarah Courtney (Whanganui)

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Glass Desserts

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Etched and blown glass

Sarah uses intricately blown, sandblasted and etched glass to provide powerful multi-faceted images and sculptures overlaid with an element of gentle wit. The menu explains the desserts that are to be savoured… very carefully.

 

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Wendy Leach (Auckland)

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Pienza Valley (Tuscany)

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Oil, gouache and pastel on board

A well travelled and extensively exhibited artist. Wendy is best known for her mixed media paintings of French, Italian, and NZ landscapes.

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Reg Mombassa ((a Kiwi who now lives in Australia))

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Skirting the Rim of Hell

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20/30 Limited edition print

This multi-talented artist formed the successful rock band 'Mental as Anything' and is well recognised for his Mambo tee-shirt and poster graphics. Reg is inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and behaviour of domestic animals.

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Janine Westbury (Taupo)

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Our Coastal Treasures

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Acrylic on canvas

Taupo artist Janine specialises in painting New Zealand coastal scenes and wild life, including native birds and beautiful vibrant flowers.

 

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Liz Maw (Auckland)

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Oil on board

Liz Maw's astonishing and delightful painting - an arresting nude in a bright red roadster - joins ‘Robert Heald’ as wonderful examples of this contemporary artist’s bold and dynamic art. With sleek paintwork that resembles air brushing in its precision, the paintings are drenched with a sense of desire, beauty and power. The large scale portraits blend hyper-realism with fantasy.

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Liz Maw (Auckland)

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Robert Heald

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Well known to the artist, Robert Heald (art curator and dealer) has been portrayed as a patient, long suffering yet fundamentally serene man, as though he has had to put up with a lot of trying nonsense, but has remained true to his ideals.

Heald is cast in gothic mode as though he has just stepped off the set of a B-grade movie. His head has evidently been hacked off and stitched back on. He wears a cobweb like a ghostly hairnet; his deathly white feet are seemingly unattached to any solid base or floor. Surely a martyr to art.

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Séraphine Pick (Wellington)

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Reverie

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Oil on linen

Created for the exhibition ‘Her Painted Words’ at Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in 2012, Séraphine chose the Mansfield story ‘Prelude’ on which to base this painting with its themes of time, place, fantasy, dreams, desires and sexual frustration symbolized by layered descriptions of the natural world.

Within this painting many of the important people and symbols of Mansfield’s life emerge. Séraphine is a Wellington artistwhose original and imaginative practice has made her one of New Zealand's most highly regarded painters, represented in the collections of Te Papa, Christchurch Art Gallery and private collections.

 

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Brent Wong (West Coast)

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Siren

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Acrylic on board

‘Siren’ was purchased in 2012 from the Les and Milly Paris Collection, significant Wellington collectors of New Zealand art for 50 years. ‘Siren’ joins ‘untitled – construction, chimney pot and landscape’ in a tribute to this prominent New Zealand artist. Painted in 1969 and 1970 these are fine examples of Brent Wong’s individual style, developed early in his long painting career.

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Max Bellamy (Dunedin)

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Peacekeeping

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Pine, MDF, 1/72 models, motor, screen

Max is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. His artworks tap social fantasies around (dis)location, expectation and doom. Max graduated from the Electronic Arts department of the Dunedin School of Art in 2008.

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Philip Markham (Kapiti)

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Get Carter

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Oil on canvas

A painting of Dan Carter going for the ‘try line’ against the Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland.Philip is highly regarded for his landscapes most of which centre on the Central Otago region where the warm earthy colours contrast strongly against large clear blue skies. He is an accomplished portrait painter and has also been commissioned to design many sets and costumes for Opera, Ballet and Theatre productions

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Arya Armitage (Wellington)

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Ode to Picasso

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Painted ceramic

Arya works with clay to produce bold and dynamic pieces of sculpture. Originally from Holland, the artist now resides and exhibits in Wellington.

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Holly Zandbergen (Timaru)

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Figures by the River

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Acrylic on canvas

“Having no preconceived notions of the final outcome, this painting was treated purely as an exploration of process, during its making. Responding to the original image, the materiality of the paint and its application became a further means of exploring my own internal experience. The paint was heavily applied in active and recurring dollops, where its fluid nature became almost consuming of the literal subject. This modulation between the figures and their surrounding space and the overall obscuration of an ordinary scene is a direct manifestation of my own internal workings.” H. Z.

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Sean Crawford (Carterton)

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A Plague for Sentimental Gentlemen

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Taxidermy rabbits, laser cut steel.

“The common European rabbit was released in New Zealand as an attempt to provide settlers with both food and sport, equivalent to that of the English countryside. But even just a few years before the first rabbit plagues, rabbits were still being released by well meaning societies and individuals to establish a population.

In the late 1990s after the failed petitioning of the New Zealand Government, the illegal release of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (calicivirus) occurred. As early as 2007, rabbits started showing resistance to the disease.” S. C.

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Turkish Porcelain (Avanos)

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Handcrafted Ceramic

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Ceramic

From the Anatolian town of Avanos in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, this handcrafted ceramic was made by CEC pottery following traditional influences of Iznik design and patterns stemming from Ottoman period.

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Jacqueline Fraser (Auckland & N.Y)

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Sycophant

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Mixed media

The artist gives this charming man the same license to play and pout with passion that women have enjoyed for decades. He is suited and booted, looking a million bucks and also keying into one of nature’s clearest verities; the guys get the best threads. Think peacock vs. peahen, or lion vs. lioness. Jacqueline Fraser has exhibited in Vienna and New York and was New Zealand’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2001.

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Heather Busch (Christchurch)

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Reluctant Angel

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Pencil on paper

Heather Busch produces compelling, disturbing art. The haunting effect of this minutely detailed piece is difficult to dislodge from the memory.

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Marita Hewitt (Kerikeri)

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Rosa Parks (Detroit)

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Watercolour on paper

Marita’s artwork is a framework of exploration in composing rhetoric; making active comments on issues related to our current social, political and environmental climate. Subjects in the painting are extracted from photographs taken on a research visit to Detroit. Marita then reconstructs using watercolour an empty but familiar landscape where collage and perspective are employed to draw focus to the nature of social displacement and the (now) globalised site of fallen local industry. This piece was part of a body of work ‘Project exhibition: That Was Yesterday’.

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Beverly Rhodes (Wellington)

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Mourning

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Oil on canvas

Sally Blundell, journalist and writer, describes the essence of the artist’s work:

“Unexpressed memories and sensed emotions resonate in Beverly’s work that disturb and maybe even frighten without making explicit the object of such disquiet. She invites the viewer to peer into the shadowed corners of her subject’s past, using the romantic symbols of the mask, the wedding veil, the blank gaze of the subdued child to suggest a trauma that remains detached from the more acceptable script of family history.”

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John Walsh (Wellington)

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At a water hui with Manet

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Oil on board

In his paintings John Walsh conjures up dreamscapes and vistas where ancient beings, gods and demigods weave the fabric of human existence and experience. Worked into vibrant landscapes, with bold and expressive brushwork, the art eludes the concept of specific location and time, and is typified by gentle humour and a playful interpretation of circumstances.

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Michel Tuffery (Wellington)

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Tha and Coco – The Animal House

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Paint on canvas

This painting was included in the ‘Little Lotus Project’ exhibition “What do you dream?” in 2012, where 30 guest artists produced work inspired by art from refugee children on the Thai/Burma border.

“I was drawn to 10 year old Tha Zin Cho’s perfect world of “where animal’s can stay inside at her house” drawing. Tha is close in age to my daughter Coco; I observed Coco as she busied herself playing with her dolls house and cross referenced this to Tha’s dream. “Tha and Coco – the Animal House” responds to two young girls geographically worlds apart however simplistically universal in their views of the world and captures a moment of shared imagination relating to family, environment and community.” M. T.

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Dean Proudfoot (Wellington)

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Compensating For Something

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Oil on canvas

“My work has always been varied but whatever the imagery the paintings always come from a place of fun and accessibility. My approach to art is firmly from the Lowbrow camp, I believe art doesn’t have to be obscure or elitist but should challenge and evoke a response and what’s more positive than a smile.”

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Tano Chyan (Thailand)

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Climbing Man

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Metal and epoxy resin

Tano was born in Japan, but is of Thai descent. He works in Chang Mai in an artist studio

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Melissa Sharplin (Christchurch)

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Miss White

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Oil on canvas

‘Miss White’ is a member of the Swit Swurl series of paintings, combining images of beautiful advertising models with native New Zealand birds. The paintings are photorealism, created from images of advertising models, who are then paired with birds, building a character and a story within the artwork in these stunning and sensual paintings. “‘Miss White’ is the angel of the Swit Swurl (bird) series. My older sister past away before I was born and this painting developed into a representation of her”. M. S.

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Michel Tuffery (Wellington)

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Tha and Coco – The Animal House

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Paint on canvas

This painting was included in the ‘Little Lotus Project’ exhibition “What do you dream?” in 2012, where 30 guest artists produced work inspired by art from refugee children on the Thai/Burma border.

“I was drawn to 10 year old Tha Zin Cho’s perfect world of “where animal’s can stay inside at her house” drawing. Tha is close in age to my daughter Coco; I observed Coco as she busied herself playing with her dolls house and cross referenced this to Tha’s dream. “Tha and Coco – the Animal House” responds to two young girls geographically worlds apart however simplistically universal in their views of the world and captures a moment of shared imagination relating to family, environment and community.” M. T.

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Greer Twiss (Auckland)

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Show and Tell

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Lead, tawa and light bulb

‘Show and Tell’ examines the way in which we interact with objects and, in turn, the world around us. The work plays on the difference between concrete experience and perception. Each of the objects has function that is innately related to the human body; didactic (screen), supportive (chair), or empowering (i.e. the axe or perhaps the wineglass). This work belongs to a series of works by Twiss in the early 1980s. In 2011 Greer Twiss received an Arts Foundation Icon Award

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Peter Stichbury (Auckland)

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Graphite on paper

The longer you look at Stichbury’s drawings and paintings, the weirder they become. It is almost as if the figures in them have become too perfect, too manicured, too controlled. As viewers, we might have occasion to remember that this control is an illusion. Stichbury’s fascination with the
world of self-representation in the age of digital media goes far beyond the surface - it is a meditation on the lengths to which we will go to avoid being human and aging, and how deeply human such attempts make us

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Peter Stichbury (Auckland)

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Lottie

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Acrylic on linen

The faces of Lottie and Brigitte express a certain acquiescence and expectancy. There is even a kind of innocence or guilelessness. Stichbury is essentially a stylist, a very sophisticated one. The faces fill the entire frame, like close-up shots of characters in a movie. The illusion of reality is so strong that the viewer cannot help but wonder who these women are.

 

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Peter Stichbury (Auckland)

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s drawings and paintings, the weirder they become. It is almost as if the figures in them have become too perfect, too manicured, too controlled.

As viewers, we might have occasion to remember that this control is an illusion. Stichbury’s fascination with the world of self-representation in the age of digital media goes far beyond the surface - it is a meditation on the lengths to which we will go to avoid being human and aging, and how deeply human such attempts make us.

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Peter Stichbury (Auckland)

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Brigitte

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Acrylic on linen

Peter’s luminous images of faces are not exactly portraits. They are compelling mixtures of the ideal and the particular. Stichbury uses acrylic on linen to achieve the almost complete absence of grain, achieving the sharpest possible focus of eye-lash and mascara, the precise margin of lip gloss and a single human hair. The faces are lit using high-powered studio lighting, as seen in the reflection of the studio lights in the model’s startling large, beautifully clear eyes

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Janette Cervin (Auckland)

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Blue Hydrangeas

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Oil on board

Janette paints idealised New Zealand landscapes, abundant in both native and introduced fauna and flora. – postcard-pretty roses, hydrangeas with native birds and insects.

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Robert Jahnke (Palmerston North)

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Preservation and Reservation

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Timber, steel, glass, copper patina, wood shavings

Robert is a leading Māori artist and educator. Of Samoan-German-Irish-Māori heritage, Robert’s work is typically based on political issues, the relationships between Māori and European colonisers and the impact of Christianity on Māori culture. These two works were created for the ‘Take a Seat’ exhibition in 1996. At the heart of the exhibition was the chair as a signifier of power and authority.

‘Preservation’ is framed by two statuesque standards with glass conical vases of wood shavings referencing an alternative reality of the chair in the photograph.

‘Reservation’ features photographs of picture theatre chairs in strict frontal and profile presentation, with the central chair in the reservation position alluding to exclusion, also pronounced by a ladder and conical vase with printed reiterations of reservation.

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Paul Dibble (Palmerston North)

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Triumph of the Rabbit

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Cast, patinated bronze

From the foundry and workshop in Palmerston North, Paul creates bronze sculptures, varying in size from 350mm to 5.5. metres in height. Vitality and humour are characteristics of the artist’s work, with work incorporating recognisable objects drawn from the contemporary life and history of New Zealand and the Pacific. Paul Dibble’s work is represented in many museums and art galleries, and widely held in private collections. In 2006, his memorial sculpture was installed in Hyde Park, London.

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Lynne Sandri (Wellington)

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Well, Maybe Just an Eighth of an Acre Then

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Oil on canvas

As with other works by this artist in the collection, the painting is boldly colourful, with a textural quality that begs to be touched.

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Bill Hammond (Christchurch)

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Zoomorphic Lounge

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Oil on canvas

This painting belongs to a series of paintings created in the late 1990s. Hammond creates complex layers, both through his imagery, and painting technique. A striking menagerie of hybrid creatures and shape shifters occupy this environment. The scene depicted is calming and inviting. The creatures look like they have a story to tell. Figures in the Lounge feature the heads of native birds, most notable the huia, which was driven to extinction by an overzealous trade in its plumage. The birds are the dreamers, lost in a trance-like state, preoccupied in their world.

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