Sally SpicerSally Spicer is a graduate of Elam, a Whangarei-based painter and printmaker who exhibits regularly. She paints primarily portraits in oil and watercolour. Sally is interested in memory: nostalgia, drama, warmth, and humour frequently permeate her work. She is inspired by fashion, in particular vintage clothing and style, and she often uses vintage photographs as a resource. The pattern and texture of fabric is given special attention in Sally's work, and she hopes this element is as absorbing and evocative for the viewer as it is for her. Sally aims to imbue her paintings with humanity and personality.
Carol TheologoCarol Theologo is an oil painter living in Wellington greatly inspired by our native birdlife and flora.Largely self-taught, Carol has gradually developed her own style and technique. She enjoys creating varied effects and drawing into, scraping the paint with different tools. She expresses herself as much by applying paint as she does removing it.Carol is an active member of the Khandallah Art Group and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art. Her work is exhibited at various galleries and art shows and held in private collections throughout New Zealand and internationally.
Rebecca TuneRebecca Tune is a full time artist and graphic designer working from her Auckland studio. Her art revolves around her interest in the ways paint can be manipulated, layered and stripped back to both hide and reveal small gem-like images, flashes of colour, and movement beneath a plain surface. This becomes a dance of chance, control and surprise - of knowing when to let the paint flow where it wants, or when to reign it in and manipulate it into a space that is readable, poetic and eye-catching.Rebecca exhibits nationally and has work displayed in international collections. She is a regular supporter of the annual Artists In Eden auction, and is a Mount Albert Grammar School parent.
Paula PetherickPaula Petherick is a fine art photographer. She recently returned home to New Zealand from the Middle East with her husband and two teenage children, to concentrate solely on her art. Paula works mostly in a studio environment combined with a digital darkroom, enabling her to build her images using photographed layers of texture and light. Paula is strongly influenced by the classic forms of art and design that she has seen on her travels, combined with a love of the ‘kiwi identity’.
Grace PopplewellGrace Popplewell is exhibiting in the Mount Albert Grammar School Art Show for her fourth year, this time as a second year Albertian studying Communication Arts at AUT. In her final year as a student at Mount Albert Grammar School in 2017, she placed 1st in design among the students at the MAGS Art Show and sold one piece to the James Wallace Arts Trust collection. Grace’s illustrated pieces vary greatly in style from digital flat illustrations to mixed media to detailed line drawings. Her goal is to explore as many mediums and styles as possible and let her work speak of the enjoyment she has in creating it.
Robin RangaRobin is inspired by nature's design and endurance, and how subliminal forces impact on social cultural and environment perspectives. Using a variety of medium she strives to express and share empathy for the viewer in order to recognize and explore universal compassionate themes. Robin achieved a Bachelor Visual Arts in 2005. She was one of three artists invited to visit and exhibit at Image & Imagination 2016, Nongyuang International Arts Village, Chengdu, China. Robin was a winner at the Waiclay National Ceramic Awards 2017, Waikato Museum, and has been selected to participate in the Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke 2019.
Mandy RogerMandy Rodger’s practice explores totality and builds on the premise that nothing stands by itself. Her gestural marks create a sense of impermanence and transition. The paintings are an improvisation - a response to, and interpretation of, what lies below and the intrinsic relationships between each form, gesture and colour. The complexity of technique and paint application belie the simplicity of form and gesture. Mandy seeks to step over a deliberative cognitive threshold so as to create a rhythmically intuitive, emergent ‘mind-scape’. Mandy has been selected as a double finalist in this year’s National Contemporary Art Awards.
Judy RogersOriginally from Melbourne, Judy Rogers moved to New Zealand 12 years ago. Living in Devonport unleashed her creative inner child, her love of fantasy and enchantment. The frequently miniaturised character of her art is representative of her passion and attention to detail, and invariably elicits a smile. Judy’s work is predominantly Steampunk with a poetically romantic, quirky twist. Often with a practical but non-conformist vision in mind, she is inspired by the English writer H.G. Wells and the French novelist, poet and playwright Jules Verne. Her art reflects her view of life, which is to embrace the simple beauty of each day, to not take life too seriously and to nurture the child within.
Rachel RushRachel Rush has been painting and successfully exhibiting in many of Auckland’s most prestigious exhibitions and galleries for many years. She loves the freedom of mixing acrylics with resin as there are no hard rules, to watch each piece take on its own vibrancy and energy is a real joy.
Cathryn RyanAuckland artist Cathryn Ryan loves to explore the diverse qualities and alluring nature of botanical subject matter. Magnification and careful cropping are an essential part of her artistic process, helping to provide each composition with emphasis, structural balance and harmony. As a result, form and space collide in an interwoven tapestry of colour, light and shade. These works represent a perfect visual record of the passing seasons, of decay and regeneration, while honouring the innate beauty that they hold. Non-botanical works explore other topics that require attention. Whether a landscape or wildlife, Cathryn aims to pique curiosity, to consider an expression, or to look beyond the surface appearance. Variation of texture and tone enhance the mood and create a fresh, honest and lively portrayal.
Natalie WalkerNatalie Walker’s 2019 collection tells the story of her journey of self-discovery and of her whakapapa. It is the telling of her tūpuna, the acknowledgement of their reality, their journey and their whakareretanga (legacy): “The gathering of Taonga to create Korowai. My Awa Te Hoiere (the Pelorus river) Pakohe (argillite), and Pounamu (greenstone), Te Moana the sea, 'Tūrangawaewae, a place to stand and belong’”. Natalie puts creativity into meaningful pieces that go beyond the usual boundaries of resin and spray paint, challenging and allowing her to step out of her comfort zone and create a point of difference from her fellow resin artists. Establishing from the outset a dialogue with her chosen components, the materials have been cast to create an interaction with and be similar to raw stone and rock formations, keeping a conscious smoothness about them. Diluted solvent and resin is manipulated to mimic stone or rock being pulled from the awa, consenting to a rippled mirror effect, a similar effect to that seen when you place your feet in the sand as the waters ebb away. The visual presentation of this allows the viewer to place themselves in that moment of time while contemplating perhaps the stars of ‘whānau ariki’ or the sunset ‘whānau mārama’. As an artist Natalie wishes to recreate this viewpoint: for the observer to sit in their ‘whare’ and contemplate the spectacle of our environment below, within and above us. This collection of pieces has its own story but has the elements of sisterhood: each piece is individual but co-dependent and part of a whakapapa. This is Wahine Matike.
Rae WestRae West’s work pulses with the kinetic freedom of fluidity and light. She uses multiple veils of pigment, resin and ink, which blend and react against each other creating beautiful forms and textures. The end results are spontaneous, subconscious, and sensual.
Julie WhymanJulie is an established artist based in the Waikato. She first picked up a brush after taking a break from her career to have children, and through practice and exploration, Julie has discovered her natural ability for painting. She works with acrylics and a variety of mediums and tools, adding interest and depth. Her paintings explore colour and form found in nature. Julie enjoys experimenting, producing work that is varied and surprising, and constantly evolving and changing as new ideas emerge. She is attracted to vibrant colour and her paintings are a colourful, beautiful expression of her style.
Heather WilsonHeather Wilson is a well-established professional artist originally from Wellington but now living in sunny Hawkes Bay. Over time her work has emerged from painting Kiwiana and inanimate objects, into a visual feast of patterned colour and multi-textural layers of acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Subject matter is limitless, although there is a strong pull towards retro images and repetitive patterns. Heather is a regular exhibitor at the New Zealand Art Show in Wellington, and her work is available from galleries and design stores around New Zealand and from her studio in Taradale.
Lyndy WilsonLyndy Wilson lives in the small Waikato town of Ngāruawāhia and is of Tainui descent. Art and creativity have always been passions of hers, painting in particular. She is mostly self-taught, although an Arts Waikato scholarship in 2003 enabled her to complete a Diploma in Art and Creativity through The Learning Connexion in Wellington. She has a diverse range of styles but her strong use of colour is constant. Relying on instinct and intuition, paintings often evolve layer by layer; bold gestural movements counterbalanced by the impulse for order.
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