Juliet BestJuliet Best’s work is inspired by the light, and this comes through strongly as the soul of her paintings. She paints with strong horizon lines, elegantly blended colours, highly textured landscapes and lots of luxuriously layered gold-leaf with which she celebrates the beauty and moods of New Zealand skies, landscapes and water.Juliet lives by the sea in Island Bay, Wellington and commutes to her gallery and studio in Shelly Bay, always observing and loving the ever-changing southern skies, sea and coastlines.Juliet is the co-owner of the Blackmore & Best Gallery and is currently the 2018/19 resident artist for the Life Flight Helicopter Trust.
Jane BlackmoreJane Blackmore is the co-owner of Blackmore & Best Gallery in Shelly Bay, Wellington. As a practicing artist with over 20 years experience, Jane’s work is primarily inspired by the stunning and singular vistas of the Wellington hills and harbour.In an age where speed and instant gratification seem to permeate every corner of our lives, Jane’s paintings offer a space for thoughtful reflection. Her landscapes are unashamedly spiritual and joyful in equal measure, qualities also abundant in her series of florals. Flowers push forward from dark backgrounds, defiantly sensuous and celebrating the natural cycles of birth, growth and decay.Jane’s recent work continues her exploration of colour, form, and the visceral qualities of paint. Marking a shift towards a more pure abstraction, she is peeling back layers of representation to arrive at a mélange of colour and light.
Tanya BlongTanya Blong was born in Australia and raised in Taranaki. She graduated from Hungry Creek Art School in 2006 with a major in painting and sculpture.Her work suggests a timeless era, a mottled memory of belonging to a time and place. It speaks of hot heady summers, seclusion, and escape as it toys with shadow and light, the intoxication of the tropical, and the undercurrent that percolates.Tanya works from Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. She has had numerous solo and group shows and her work is held in international, public and private collections.
Renee BoydRenee is a ceramic artist working from her studio in Auckland. Her work is clean, refined, delicate and minimal. She aims to tread the fine line between simple, timeless design and unique pieces that have character and presence.When she started working with clay, Renee realised that it appealed not only to her fascination with materials and process, but also to her sense of independence as a designer. It’s the only medium that she has worked with where she can accomplish each step in the process herself, from design to finished product. The endless possibilities clay offers to explore notions of surface, scale and volume appeals to her aesthetic.
Margaret BrayMargaret Bray is a producer of vessels and sculpture, using a variety of different materials ranging from clay to found objects. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, who also works with photographic imagery. Combinations of art, conservation, community and family are driving forces that guide her life. Margaret finds excitement in redefining something - a heap of remnant scraps that have collected over decades transformed by arrangement into an article to be read; soft clay turned to stone to help nourish and serve the bearer; or a compulsion to memorialise time in light, captured by camera.Her forms are diverse; they can be thrown, sewn or hand-built. Margaret’s preferred firing method is in her wood kiln: a 17 hour process of stoking up the kiln until it reaches the temperature to fire ceramic stoneware. She works from both her Arthaus studio in Orakei, and her home in Ramarama, south of Auckland.
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