Caroline BurtonCaroline Burton works from her rural studio south of Auckland. She creates abstract contemporary fibre artworks, often with three-dimensional sculptural elements. Wisps of wool and silk fibre are used as painterly ‘brush strokes’.Caroline is inspired by natural organic form and fascinated by details in creation that are hidden from sight. Her work is often informed by her background in engineering. A self taught artist, she has taken a medium that is traditionally ‘crafted’ and developed her artistic voice.Caroline is an award winning artist and her work is available in a number of galleries around New Zealand.
Steve CascalheiraSteve Cascalheira is a multimedia graphic artist based in Auckland. Working in a range of different styles and mediums, Steve's work ranges from detailed silk screen printing to paint in oils. Steve's approach to art is to produce whatever he is comfortable with and feels like producing at the time instead of being pressured or confined by a certain style or medium. Variety and the constant willingness to learn and experiment with new techniques drives him to be ever evolving in his practice. This approach means Steve produces a wide variety of artworks and, most of all, just has fun! Steve’s work can be found in a number of art galleries throughout New Zealand.
Patrick CaseyPat Casey trained at the Harrow School of Art and specialises in painting London, his hometown, albeit with a foreboding edge at times. He attributes this to growing up in London during the 1970s at a time when the threat of violence was ever-present. He has developed, and continues to develop, a style which is influenced heavily by the paintings of Edward Hopper and literature of Robert Stone.He was a finalist in the 2010 and 2012 Adam Portraiture Award and in 2010 his entry was selected to tour the country. He was also invited by Liz Caughey to exhibit at the Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition in Auckland in the same year.
Issie CassidyIssie is currently in her second year at university, studying a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in contemporary dance. She started exploring semi-abstract landscapes in her senior years of high school, having a particular interest in the contrast between the fluidity of water and the rough uneven textures of rocky landscapes. She uses layering of impasto and acrylics to reflect the coarse and rugged textures found on the surfaces of mountainsides and cliff faces.Despite training full-time to become a contemporary dancer, Issie continues to paint regularly and hopes to have more of her work exhibited in the future.
Christine CathieChristine works with abstract sculptural forms that curve and twist to bring movement to her pieces. She likes to explore the translucent nature of the lead crystal glass which absorbs and reflects the light according to its curves and density.Christine exhibits throughout New Zealand, and has gained a solid international reputation exhibiting in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. Her work is held in public, corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and the collection of Sir Elton John.
Brian ChrystalBrian Chrystall lives in Auckland. He utilises wood, metal and glass to make one off creations inspired by the world around us. His small cast glass objects are influenced by nature in form but not always in colour.Each piece is constructed in wax then encased in a plaster and silica refractory. The wax is steamed out and the dewaxed mould placed into a kiln so that when heated, molten glass can flow into and fill the cavity. Careful cooling is needed to avoid stress buildup. When cold, the plaster silica case can be removed and the glass piece finished.
Julie CollisVibrant, quirky, petite. Julie’s sense of style marries classic forms of function (ish) with quirkiness and charm. It connects the old with the new and tackles topics that bring little smiles to our hearts.Julie was trained in Jewellery and Textile Design, and you find reference to this in the form of surface design she applies to a lot of her work, such as the collection “Memories of a Grandmother”. Of late she has worked in media such as metal and glass, and has also started to use form as decoration, minimizing the surface design.
Peter Collis“I make round things” – says Peter. That he does, and very well – creating pure, balanced, evenly proportioned objects that add enrichment to our environments. The forms, either voluptuous or sleek in shape, are in striking colours that can be either soft and subtle, or strong and vibrant. At times the vessels & objects are so large, it is difficult to make even his peers believe they are hand-thrown. In typical modest style Peter shrugs, smiles and says:" sure they are, I make large round things!"Peter Collis has worked with clay nearly all of his life. The main focus to his work has been the handling of shape and surface. He creates pure form vessels, which he then treats in a wide range of methods. Crackle glazes, textured engobes, rich colour all enrich surfaces and complement form.
Bronwynne CornishBronwynne Cornish has developed her own unique and distinctive style over 50 years. She is inspired by history, potters of the past, mythology and legends. Her form includes animals, small goddess figures and temples. These familiar forms are sometimes grouped together to form large room sized installations, shown in public galleries both nationally and internationally.She has represented New Zealand at the Brisbane Tri-inalle, and was invited to present her art in Japan to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in 1993. Her work is held in major public and private collections, including Te Papa. She lives and works in her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.
Holly CraigAge is no drawback for young Holly Craig, who at 15 draws for the absolute love of it, and is finding success. Her detailed drawings are labours of love, sold initially because of a desire for One Direction tickets!Within frames of objects Holly draws intricate patterns and details that can sometimes have messages or hidden meaning. There is a mesmerising quality to them. She has done birds, maps, yacht sails and logos, all containing her beautiful fine drawings with special meanings. From a distance they just look like a shape, but on closer inspection they are very detailed, fine, rhythmic patterns.
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