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Ten and a Half - Christmas exhibition 2016

13 December · Sally
Ten and a Half - Christmas exhibition 2016

Through an irreverent, cartoonish style, Hamilton/Kawhia-based artist Mark Braunias has established his reputation as a painter at the fore of issues around personal identity, social norms and popular culture. A graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts (SoFA), he populates walls, paper and canvas with a bright, bulging, formalistically conceived throng of painted drawings of human and non-human forms.

Julia Croucher is a Christchurch-based artist and post-graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts where she studied painting. Her practice includes drawing, painting, tattooing and performance-based art. In her works on paper she uses an intuitive, gestural layering of colour and form, veering from abstract expression to more identifiable landscapes.

Christchurch sculptor Andrew Drummond began his career as a performance artist, using his own body as a canvas for experimentation and creative discourse. This focus on the systems and endurance thresholds of the body soon shifted to an exploration of the connection between humans and the land, the management of our environment and the conservation of natural resources.

After studying photography, design and printmaking, Christchurch artist Francis van Hout worked as a graphic artist, photographer and animation and technical director for film and television before undertaking further study at SoFA. Since then he has used his art practice to build on the abstract forms and motifs of fine and commercial art, political insignia, national iconography and cultural tropes.

Christchurch artist Kay Hunter studied at what was then the Canterbury College School of Art under Russell Clark, Rudolph Gopas, Bill Sutton and Ivy Fife. On graduating she focussed largely on landscape, simplifying the geographic forms into a spare vocabulary of colour and form. Since then she has moved her focus to spatial arrangement, using a minimal palette and degrees of paint viscosity to achieve her austere compositions.

In drawings, sculpture and installation-based works Ana Iti uses the contradictory forces of unpredictability and precision to explore the patterns, shapes and textures of the natural world. A 2012 graduate from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, she exposes or imposes a sense of order or connectivity on these forms.

Kim Lowe is a Christchurch-based painter and printmaker of NZ Chinese and Pakeha descent. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2009. In much of her work she explores this territory of mixed race and genealogy, emphasising a cultural perspective rooted in the Asian experience.

Dunedin painter and printmaker Kathryn Madill draws on the narratalogical tradition of history, literature and mythology to explore stories of metamorphosis and transformation. In her mezzotints and monoprints she evokes a haunting imaginary world of mysterious characters, frequently travelling through or seeking shelter in a dark, harsh and timeless landscape.

Lyttelton-based Lisa Patterson studied landscape architecture before completing a Graduate Diploma in Design, majoring in sculpture and print. Her meticulously handcrafted objects incorporate elemental materials such as wood, bone, gold leaf and lead, investing seemingly simple motifs with a sense of mystery and revelation.

Born in Methven of Kai Tahu and Scottish descent Wellington artist Beverly Rhodes worked as a clinical psychologist before retraining as an artist at Melbourne’s RMIT University. In her paintings she alludes to trauma, loss, unexpressed memories and sensed emotions that resonate through her work with an almost palpable sense of internal contemplation.

The ceramic works of Lyttelton artist Nichola Shanley are reminiscent of the esoteric nature of archaeological discoveries – ancient vessels, ancestral figures, domestic or ritualistic objects. Her handmade porcelain forms, rich in mythic symbology, evoke an intuitive almost instinctive process of creativity.

Since graduating from the University of Canterbury’s SoFA, Christchurch draughtsman, colourist, craftsman and accomplished artist Martin Whitworth has used minimal lines and an often-restricted pallet on paper and canvas to present a strongly suggestive narrative rich with figurative detail, flat colour planes and collage.

New Zealand artist and SoFA graduate Shannon Williamson explores the vulnerability of the bodily form and the intimate dynamics within and between bodies. Using the ephemeral mediums of watercolour and gouache with varying levels of colour intensity and figuration, the resulting works emanate a frail beauty and an anxious liability within both the suggested figures and the medium in which they are executed.

Since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2012, Christchurch artist Liv Worsnop has mediated our appreciation of found objects (moss, rocks, pine needles, ivy berries) through her application of movement, light, even human breath during various technological processes. The resulting small topographies serve as intimate analogies for the impact of human actions on the environment.

In oil and pencil, on sea-smoothed stones, fragments of found glass, panels of worn timber and on paper, Banks Peninsula artist Dean Venrooy imbues the shrouded hillscape of his home environment with a sense of fragile other-worldiness, populated by exquisitely depicted birds, animals and geographical features like carefully staged dreams, Victorian dioramas or magical incantations.

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