This collection of drawings and paintings are part of an ongoing exploration of the personal relationship between one person (artist, Mother, Pakeha, small town dweller..) and Nature. They investigate connection and disconnection, form and time. The processes used to create these works have become a part of the subject matter as well, encouraging a mindfulness of the Earth’s complex yet fragile systems, within which, life flourishes.
"Her flyer is unlike the others in the rack. It is torn, painted on, collaged - a juxtaposition of a designer’s delicate considered touch, alongside the artist’s raw experimentation. It is representative of the artistic qualities Sara imbues in her work.
Layers of paper suggest the layers of time,the exhibition revealing Sara’s artistic development and her personal and physical journey.Hand written words (some touchingly misspelled) are also reflective of this. “The Pilgrim disembarked from the bus. What a pure sky”. ...” There is honesty and accuracy in the purposeful mishmash of elements in this flyer, the same honesty is prevalent in Sara’s art, which makes it distinctive.
Every surface is adjourned; canvases, furniture and objects are intricately decorated. You’ll find the gallery transformed into a visual feast of line, pattern and colour. A glimpse into a personal story- of learning, exploration and migration, tracing the steps of an artist and a life."
Monday the 23rd of April - Saturday 5th of May
Opening: Tuesday 24th April. 4:30 - 7:30pm
"I have a friend who I anticipate conversing with. From an early age, I was mesmerised by this friends stories and fictitious elaborations. His ability to seduce one into believing his tales to be reality is remarkable.
When I look at the work of Peter Purcell I feel lured into the same illusion. I’m joining in a good old yarn with the artist and being taken for a ride around his excitable imagination.
These animated representations are a combination of memorabilia, and the colourful qualities that is Peters fictional (or non) interior narratives.
The pleasure of looking at Purcell’s paintings is that the narrative keeps on playing. Like a good Shakespeare sonnet, it needs iterating to really come to grips with what is actually being said."
Craig Humberstone, Felicity Swan & Madelaine Abey-Koch
12th – 24th March 2018
Opening: 1pm - 3pm, Saturday 17h March
Fantasy & Abstraction
The stimulation of the North Shore beaches of the mid 50’s to the 70’s, their natural detritus, wave motions and cavorting figures left lasting memories on these three artists. Some of these themes are found in their work. Craig Humberstone, Felicity Swan and Madelaine Abey-Koch are joining forces to exhibit their work under the title “Fantasy and Abstraction “ Each has developed their subjects from either mind or reality; the results give rise to fantastical images expressed in painting and ceramic sculpture.
Felicity’s current approach is intuitive which has led to a unique form of abstract expressionism of colour, line and movement out of which figures emerge. Felicity has shown her work at Highwic and Northart Gallery and numerous galleries abroad.
Craig’s paintings provoke us to view the natural world in a fresh light. Their detail and unusual composition deliberately push at the boundaries of our notions of nature. His work is regularly exhibited at NorthArt, Depot Artspace, and Highwic. One of his paintings was recently acquired by the Wallace ArtsTrust. Last year Craig entered a painting in 5th International Art Competition in Seoul for which he won the Bronze prize.
Madelaine’s ceramics won a Kumeu Arts Award in 2017. The judge, Andrew Rankin described her work as a “beautiful example of… found material and ceramics”. Her work is sculptural and takes its themes from the sea and coast.
19th February - 10th March
Our members were asked to consider the title ‘Evolving Aotearoa’ and interpret it’s meaning. This amazing collection of work focuses on topics such as the changing N.Z landscape, ecology, threats, developments, even spirituality. Some of the artists themselves have moved to New Zealand and now consider themselves part of its evolution.
16th January - 3rd February
Opening: 10am - 3pm, Saturday 20th January
Journey - the last 10 years
As I’ve moved forward with my art practice, over time I’ve had the tendency to think of completed work as not very good, wanting to put it away and finding myself uncomfortable with showing it in the public arena. This year a good friend encouraged me by pointing out that my older artwork is good, just different to the new pieces because I keep growing and learning.
This exhibition is intended to present a creative timeline that spans a decade of my life — events including marriage, children, moving house, changing jobs and completing an artists residency have contributed to changes in my work. I have moved through investigating techniques and materials, wanting more energetic colour, added texture, greater abstraction, then less of all those and more realism instead. Recently I’ve been developing how I work in response to wanting to connect more meaningfully with my artmaking and the finished pieces, bringing new changes again.
Through the experience of collecting my artwork together and displaying it closely in one space for this exhibition, I have become less critical of my past artistic creations, experiments, and experiences. I can see clearly how they are all important and valuable in their own right, as they have continued to show curious traces of influence in new work, making it uniquely mine.