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.