CURRENT EXHIBITION: Justin Summerton - A Landscape Revealed

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The Pyramids,Victory Beach, Otago
Artist:
Justin Summerton
Title:
The Pyramids,Victory Beach, Otago
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Size:
102 x 137cm
Date:
2015
Price:
$9,500
Sold:
No

Justin Summerton - A Landscape Revealed

Dates: 20 Jun, 2015 - 11 Jul, 2015

 Preview Tuesday 23rd June – 5.30pm – 7.30pm

A LANDSCAPE REVEALED

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Sir Henry Kelliher the founder of the Kelliher Art Award would have been pleased with Justin Summerton’s new series of paintings although several New Zealand scenes are not as he would have seen them. Kelliher’s attempt to reinstate traditional landscape painting with this award was qualified by his statement “my objective was to encourage New Zealand artists to paint the natural beauties of our country in a recognisable and competent manner for the entire world to see”. (1)

In part Summerton agrees however in regard to landscape he states “I like guiding the viewer into the landscape by altering the composition and using unusual chiaroscuro – this allows me to tell the story I want to convey – the subjective story”.  (2)

Summerton, an inveterate local and international traveller recently re-acquainted himself with some of New Zealand’s well known beauty spots such as Wanaka, Karekare, Mt Aspiring and Lake Te Anau together with some lesser known areas such as Victory Beach and Taylors Mistake in the South Island and Tryhena and the headlands at Great Barrier Island.

“I took a magical tour of New Zealand….many are desolate places with stunning beauty. We did not see a person all day long in most places – like the population had been whisked off somewhere….” (3)

As Summerton states his new exhibition depicts captivating vistas of New Zealand land and seascapes.  Many paintings highlight the hilly or mountainous nature of the spectacular yet contrasting countryside.  From snow-capped mountains to rolling hills and sparkling surf beaches Summerton’s paintings provide a stimulating vibe and catalyst to a gallery, office or housebound viewer.  Unusual hills or headlands such as those rendered in The Pyramids, Victory Beach or Tryhena, Gt Barrier, display the artist’s ability to connect meaningfully with both land and sea. “For me the sea is a strong motif, a strong connecting element – waves, beaches, hidden surf spots - the majestic isolation I discovered over land seemingly punctuated randomly with farm fences and tracks.  Never far away was the smell and sound of the ocean”. (4)  

Summerton has captured this quintessential aspect of New Zealand in his inimitable style possibly like no artist before.  In “A Landscape Revealed” this master artists’ appreciation and engagement with the natural beauty of New Zealand is palpable.

(1)  Introduction to “The Kelliher 67 Award winning painting of the New Zealand Landscape and its people”

(2)  Email to Warwick Henderson Gallery from Justin Summerton, June 2015

(3)  Ibid

(4)  Ibid

Text: Warwick Henderson 2015

 

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  • FreedomHillWanaka.jpg
  • TryphenaGreatBarrierIsland.jpg
  • MtAspiringWanaka.jpg
  • KaitokeBeachGreatBarrier.jpg
  • OkiwiGtBarrierIsland.jpg
  • TaylorsMistakeChChtobeconfirmed.jpg
  • TeAnauMetamorphosesILg.jpg
  • KarekereFlowstotheSea.jpg
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