Aigantighe Art Gallery Current Exhibitions
Wayne Seyb The Star Below
Until 2nd March
Wayne Seyb is an abstract painter and poet who was born in Temuka. He studied painting at Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Duendin and has exhibited throughout New Zealand and in Munich.His work is held in public collections in New Zealand and private collections in London, Munich and Zurich. His studio is now in Christchurch. After the Christchurch earthquakes Wayne painted outside, recording damaged buildings and streets. In 2012 he provided street paintings for the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission hearing rooms.
I painted these works to find some sort of peace. In Christchurch everything around me was broken. I needed to find something whole, something simple. Painting at night in Karitane gave me that.
Wayne Seyb. Darkling Wind. 2011. Oil on canvas
Mary Macpherson Old New World
Until 2nd March
Change in New Zealand society, seen in small towns throughout the North and South Island, is the subject of Mary Macpherson's Old New World touring exhibition. The in-depth study by Wellington-based photographer Mary Macpherson took seven years of travel around New Zealand to create. The striking colour photographs feature buildings, houses, statues and murals to tell the story of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity that look very different to our remembered past. Mary Macpherson is a photographer and poet. Born in Dunedin and living in Wellington she has exhibited and published photographs for over 30 years. Old New World is toured by Lopdell Gallery in Titirangi.
Mary Macpherson. Queenstown. 2010. Colour photograph.
New in the House Gallery from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition features a selection of drawings and watercolours by Jock Fraser (1899-1974), an artist and teacher who lived in Timaru. Fraser served in World War II and many of the drawings on display were made while he was a prisoner of war in Italy. His work provides a poignant and unique glimpse into the daily lives of the prisoners. The Aigantighe Art Gallery Collection contains over 100 works by Fraser.
Jock Fraser (1899- 1974) Mt Maud, Luggate. 1960's. Water colour on paper
This exhibition celebrates one of New Zealand's most significant artists, Ralph Hotere (1931-2013). Three art works from Aigantighe's Permanent Collection and one kindly loaned by Timaru Girls' High School are on display with each work representing various stylistic and thematic elements from Hotere's distinguished career.
Ralph Hotere.Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.1982. Mixed media on paper.
A selection of artworks from Aigantighe's Permanent Collection that explores the use of complementary colours blue and orange. These artworks combine blue and orange in both bold and subtle ways to create vibrant effects, contrasts and patterns.
Anne Charman. Kiri. Oil on board.
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