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View Past Exhibitions by Mark Wooller – Mapping it Out, Big Garden 2015, The Lie of the Land 2014, The Measure of Things 2013,& ...
Mark Wooller is an artist with a great empathy for the New Zealand native bush, flora and fauna who lives in an idyllic rural bush setting North of Auckland. Wooller also studies the history associated with various aspects of New Zealand landscape and he collects and refers to a multitude of ephemera, documentation and other historical records which relate directly or indirectly to the subject.
In his most recent series Wooller has referenced items such as surveyors maps, land transfer documents, stamps used as currency for stamp duty, early tobacco tins and even a wooden and brass ruler discovered plumbed in to a wall in his 1930’s Bungalow. Don Abbott, Deputy Editor of Art New Zealand magazine wrote in “Bush Fantasy” (Art NZ#125), “…..
Wooller displays a real empathy with New Zealand’s colonial artists. This is not limited to subject matter, and extends to the intent of the painting, that sense of wonder, of promise and optimism that characterises the early artists. Just as the colonials recorded the new world in which they found themselves, and then embellished it, participating in the selling of NZ as a an optimal destination for British immigrants, Wooller embellishes the known geography, providing fruit for a collective fantasy, painting what might have been, but now could never be”.(1) One of the standout features of a successful artist is also the ability to establish a unique and original style.
Technical ability is not only a must, but a given in respect of Wooller’s productions and his capacity to master conspicuous works almost without fail is quite remarkable. While his compositions are presented in a semi surrealist manner the detailed bush landscapes engage readily with his audience being both topical and thought provoking. A recent series “Big Garden” refers subtly to the loss of our native bush, waterfalls, creeks, flower gardens and classic bungalows and Villas – things we have long taken for granted.
Wooller’s painting is vitally relevant at a time when major changes in both urban and suburban developments are being promoted to an unprecedented degree. Wooller’s paintings are more than a breath of fresh NZ air, which not only demand attention, but stimulate contemplation. (1) Ref: “Bush Fantasy”, Paintings by Mark Wooller, Don Abbott, Art NZ #125, P66-69, 2015
Born 1964, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lives and works in Matakana.
Wooller takes a look back on our land from a settler’s point of view, carving up prime spots within the thick, lush native forest. Areas now known only part of the Auckland metropolis are viewed afresh within Wooller’s work. Ponsonby, New Market and Queen Street are staked out, numbered and trees felled to make way for progress and land ownership. All of the details in a Wooller painting are meticulously placed. Through subtle use of shadow and thickly textured paint, Wooller enhances nature’s fundamental qualities, each tree within his bush scenes are painted in minute detail.
2015 The Garden
2014 The Lie of the Land, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2013 The Measure of Things, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2013 Auckland Art Fair
2012 Road from Eden, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2011 The First Post, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2008 River. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2007 Inlet. Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Sydney
2007 Upstream. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2006 One tree, One forest. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2005 Windlines. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2004 Casting and Gathering. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2003 Recent paintings. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2002 Voyage of the craft. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2001 Still. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
2000 Vessel. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
1999 A Place among the Stones. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
1998 Recent paintings. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
1997 Sticks and Stones. SOCA Gallery, Auckland
1996 Another mile. Art Haus, Wellington
1990 Sunday paintings. Star Art Gallery, Auckland
1989 Auckland Days. West Auckland community arts centre
1988 Unexpected Showers. Herne Bay, Auckland
International Group Exhibitions
2008 Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
2007 Sydney Art Fair, Sydney, Australia
2003 LA Art Biennial, Los Angeles
2002 New works. Jill Richards Gallery, Sydney
1991 Scopas Gallery, Ireland
James Wallace Trust Collection; TelstraClear Art Collection; and numerous private collections.