Peter Gibson Smith
Peter Gibson SmithPeter Gibson Smith graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1984. Since then he has had over 40 solo exhibitions at public and dealer galleries throughout New Zealand. He has been the recipient of many grants and awards including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1993 and the Wallace Art Award in 2001. His work features in numerous public and private collections and also appears in many books of contemporary New Zealand Art.In his current work, he combines traditional materials and techniques with digital technology to create 3-dimensional pencil and paper objects.
Linda GilbertLinda Gilbert was born in Grey Lynn, Auckland and now divides her time between Auckland and Wellington. Previously a lawyer and policy advisor she will complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology this year.Linda is interested in the digital age, place, and neuroplasticity. She is investigating how these are reflected in contemporary painting. Linda’s abstract biomorphic paintings hint at naturally occurring patterns or shapes. Layers are used to build depth, colour and reflect light. Figure and ground relationships are explored and sometimes they are ambiguous. At other times, they are overlaid with a meandering painted line bringing rhythm and colour to the image.
Neala GlassNeala Glass is an Auckland-based artist who works with drawing and printmaking processes. Characterised by a monochromatic palette, Neala's work features delicate surface details, subtle tonal variations, and compelling compositions that utilise the potential of negative space.Through her figurative work, Neala examines the intricacies of the human condition, often with a deeper focus on psychology. The figure pose is a means to communicate narrative, mood, emotion and tension. These figures are simultaneously realistic and metaphoric; both believable subjects in themselves and vehicles for symbolism and broader narratives.Neala's drawings on canvas are rendered in charcoal, pastel and graphite with technical precision; while her works on paper are rendered in ink applied with a looser approach.Neala Glass gained her BA/BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts. She exhibits her work in galleries around New Zealand.
Lisa GrennellBorn in Timaru in 1973, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design in Nelson in 2010. Now living in the South Island in rural Glenhope, Lisa’s studio sits high on a hill surrounded by 42 acres of pasture and native forest. She has chosen a more simplistic lifestyle. Inspired by her experience of motherhood and passion for nature, Lisa uses imagery of children with flowers, animals and insects, questioning young people’s view of the world, seeing a disconnection from nature with modern technology. Lisa emphasises this with her use of large white vacant space, creating a cavity to which her subjects float, this is the artist’s expression of the uncertainty of our future; it cannot be foreseen. She also likes to involve the viewer in the work via the reflective surface. By looking/reading, the gaze is returned, the spectator becomes the narrative and, in turn, part of the problem and solution.
Amber GriffinInternational award-winning photographer, Amber Griffin, is known for creating strikingly beautiful imagery. Amber’s collaboration with professional dancers produced ‘The First Collection’ – a series of twelve vividly inspiring photographic artworks that explore the beauty and majesty of movement through a selection of contemporary photographic processes. Each limited edition piece is brought to life on a stunning metallic composite material. This serves to illuminate the highlights of the dancer’s muscularity and gives the works an ethereal nature as their appearance constantly changes with the available light.
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