This Fine Art Exhibition features some fine and exciting new works by artists including Dagmar Dyke, Ana Teofilo, Chris Pole, Grace Wright, Mark Wooller, Justin Summerton, Dame Louise Henderson, Alexander Bartleet, Aaron Waghorn, Robyn Gibson, Alan Maddox, Marc Blake and many other artists.
Outstanding works by Mark Wooller have been submitted, one a work based on one of the first surveys of Auckland Harbour and the Gulf Islands in 1827. This painting is based on maps drawn by VC Lottin an officer on the “Astrolabe” captained by Jules Dumont d’Urville of France. He originally visited NZ in 1824 as 2nd in command and then as captain of the “Astrolabe” in 1827. The gulf area including the treacherous Manukau harbour was surveyed and sketched from a whaleboat from the ship. Wooller’s painting is a fascinating rendition of this map with facsimiles of names such as “Rangui toto”, “Ile-Wai-Heke”, “Taka-Pouni”, “Houraki”, and “Wai-Tamata”. This painting in its inimitable way, is a soul-stirring and insightful reminder of the bravery and incredible exploits of these early navigators and explorers.
The other significant painting features protected Kauri in the Coromandel, completed in Wooller’s grid style format, but on a larger scale previous to earlier works.
Young emerging artist Ana Teofilo (NZ born Samoan), who graduated with a Bachelor of visual Arts in 2013, and a Masters in 2015, is a very talented and inventive artist whose roots are firmly based around her traditional Samoan heritage. The paintings here, such as “Pasifika Drums” and “Never a Dull Moment” blend harmoniously with the artist’s heritage and contemporary western art practises. There is also a nod to aboriginal art practices with beaded pathways flowing through the paintings such as those in “Never a Dull Moment”.
Dagmar Dyck a more senior and highly regarded Pasifika artist, new to the Gallery, (of Tongan/German descent) has consigned 2 major works on canvas along with smaller works. Dagmar Dyck was recently featured in this year’s winter issue #158, Art New Zealand magazine, and exhibited mats and tapa in a significant show this year at the Gus fisher Gallery in Auckland.
A superb new work by Christchurch artist Chris Pole is included in the exhibition entitled “New Age”, an enduring comment on the vulnerabilities of some of our beautiful old brick buildings, this one in Newmarket. Old brick ,stone and concrete buildings in New Zealand are under serious threat in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes.
There is a large and varied selection of top original New Zealand artwork in this exhibition with a rare early oil of “Lake Rotoiti” by celebrated NZ artist Peter McIntyre completing the catalogue.
All works will be also be online. We will also have a range of prints in stock by Dagmar Dyck and Fatu Feu’u between $500 -$1,500.
We take this opportunity to wish all our clients a festive and relaxing holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery over the Summer.