Last week I had the honour of being invited to show with the Marlborough Society of Arts exhibition 'Figure' which is on view until the 22nd Dec. At the opening I was awarded a critics prize and unexpectedly asked to speak about my work. Heres what I had to say followed by the critics words about the work.
Its always fun to capture a painting in the making. An hour or so condensed into a few seconds! For some reason they end up being a little spellbinding.
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Heres the finished painting all framed up...
This painting has now sold.
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This year we have challenged 30 of our favourite artists to create original artworks with 300 custom-cut plywood leaves.
We are pleased to announce KidsCan as the charity partner for New Leaf, with $10 from each piece sold going to the charity. Through practical means, KidsCan helps Kiwi kids living in hardship to reach their full potential and create brighter futures for themselves.
The exhibition will be held at Allpress Studio, at 8 Drake St in Auckland City. Please join us at 6pm on 8 November to celebrate!
30 artists, 300 artworks, $100 each
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opening: Wednesday 8 November at 6pm
exhibition: 9 – 10 November 2017
open 10am – 3:30pm daily
at Allpress Studio
8 Drake Street
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I hope my fellow southern hemisphere folks are staying warm and the rest of you are enjoying some warmer weather! Im hanging out for my tropical holiday in July but before then theres plenty of work to do!
Just a heads up for a few group shows coming up in the next few months- check out 'UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS' tab for full details.
Here are some images to give you a taste of the work soon available.
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Arbitrary Dreams - Solo Exhibition
This body of work centres around the emotional life and the internal workings of the female experience, as I know it to be. The complexities of being highly involved in wounds, at the same time aware of a higher state of awareness that relieves those hurts. Its a very personal exploration which has been a largely intuitive journey, producing work that involves a high level of vulnerability. As artists we expose ourselves whenever we create, but to say openly, ‘This work is about my internal world, my failings and my realisations’, opens me even further. As a parallel to this statement is my methodology which is also full of risk and trust. I render my figures lifelike, painstaking work which requires all of my skill and concentration. Only to be followed by a highly intuitive stage involving bold decisions, holding my breath, risking the work gone before, and a lot of paint! This work is me- openly, lovingly and honestly presented to you for you to take what you like from it. Ultimately, I hope you find connection or understanding, or some kind of recognition that we are all, fundamentally, the same.
For availability of the paintings in the show please contact the gallery directly
I'm in the final week before my solo show opens at Corey Helford Gallery in LA and the excitement is building!
The paintings have all arrived safely (they'll be hung at the end of the week), I fly out on Thursday night and will arrive...Thursday, after 16 hours of travel time. Friday will be print signing day at the gallery and gathering my bearings of the local area. My husband is now coming too and I can't wait to explore the Arts District with him.
But Saturday night- 7-11pm, I'll be the one sweating by the paintings of women surrounded by gestural paint.
Wish me luck! Its a pretty big adventure this time. Hope the big smoke is kind to this NZ girl.
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#paintingtip The trick to hair is to not try and paint every hair but to look at the depths and highlights to 'suggest' hair. The eye fills in the rest and you perceive hair but it still has the life of a painting rather than a copy of a photograph. And to be honest, hair makes me sweat every time. Concentration to the power of infinity, drawing on every bit of experience I have. It takes a lot of practice before it becomes less intimidating.
Then to work the hair into the background, keep the paint wet (alla prima- this is why I love oil paint) allowing some blending to occur but not letting the blend go muddy. Of course there are a mountain of ways you can address this edge problem. This is just the way I prefer. Happy painting 💙
After Id completed all the paintings for my next solo show Abstracted Love (Friends Of Leon Gallery, opens 26th May) my partner Carsten and I were sitting in my studio discussing the body of work. To my astonishment, a little later on, Carsten presented a poem about one of the pieces, 'Once We Were'.
I’ve kept you a secret garden path grown over with new green life,
And I’ve walked past you in crowds and pretended not to
Fight my way back through the undergrowth.
When the wind drops and the trees part I sometimes happen into you in sacred clearings of indulgence No one knows how to get there but me, and no one knows what meeting you there costs me.
And I keep only just enough landmarks to find my way back,
To a place that reminds me of how we once were.
I was overwhelmed and touched by the words that so eloquently expressed what my painting was about. And then, he kept writing… more to come soon.
All the paintings for my solo show opening 26th May at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney are now complete!
And to celebrate, heres a short video of the making of the show...