light up my life
I am a self taught artist. I use materials collected from op-shops, recycling centres and items discarded by society.
Apart from robot type figures I also put my electrical trade background to use and make lamps out of unusual materials and also light up some of the robots.
Enjoy the exhibition and hopefully it will brighten (excuse the pun) up your day.
In əbˈzəːv (pronounced ‘observe’), 16-year-old artist Rei Denee has created a series of autobiographical drawings and an interactive sculpture which decontextualise a familiar analogy to explore his struggle with childhood trauma and a hesitance to recover. əbˈzəːv is his first solo show and opens to the public June 3rd at Thistle Hall.
Schrodinger’s box is a thought experiment suggested in 1935 by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger to explain an interpretation of quantum physics. In simple terms, Schrödinger stated that if you place a cat and something that could kill the cat in a box and sealed it you would not know if the cat was dead or alive until you opened the box, so until the box was opened the cat was in a sense both ‘dead and alive’. Multiple states of being can exist all at once until observed.
Denee says for a long time after experiencing a traumatic event you feel everything all at once, carrying all those feelings around with you ‘in a box.’ You know that when you observe its contents you’ll be able to see your core feelings about the event, and only when you look inside can you take those things out of the box and heal, but not being ready to see yet doesn’t mean you never will.
The young artist negotiates a line between fear and hope, certainty and oblivion, everything and nothing. Working with oil pastels in harsh strokes and stark colours contrasts with his subject matter of people like himself in very vulnerable situations. When viewed in a certain order this series seem to tell a story beginning in a place of fear and ending with the same uncertainty but also with newfound hope, support, and self acceptance.
əbˈzəːv is an opportunity to discover what it means to keep working towards a future where you can’t see what you’re reaching for, and invites the viewer to share Denee’s trust in himself.
a collection of winter scarves
An exhibition of exquisite new works for sale. Each piece is created by hand using yarns of superfine lambswool, silk and cashmere mixes selected for their colour, texture and luxurious handle.
You are welcome to handle the fabrics and try on the items.
Also included in the exhibition are work in progress colour-way stories and an archive gallery offering you an insight into the designer’s process.
Frances Richmond Knitted Textiles have appeared on catwalks in London and New York.
Her trend prediction work for fashion knitwear has sold to High Street retail fashion giants and Top End Labels including Donna Karen and Alexander McQueen.
Her own boutique accessories label sold throughout Britain as well as stores in Europe, Hong Kong and New York. Her artisanal wraps and shawls were sold in London’s prestigious textile gallery, The Livingston Studio.
Frances Richmond now lives in New Zealand with her family and continues to work and create from her home studio. She will be at the gallery and looks forward to meeting you.
Pure, geometric abstraction may be the antithesis of nature at first glance, yet we believe it to be the very heart of nature and the universe. As science has discovered, the building blocks of all that we know and see in the physical world become simpler and simpler the closer we study them. Nature is the ongoing consequence of a repetition of basic geometric principles…
and so it is with art.
Represented here, in our "Elementals" exhibition, are the fundamental building blocks of artistic expression. Shapes, colours, lines, and patterns are the constituent parts of all art forms – indeed of all creation.
Come celebrate the rhythm of colour, shape, and line through the eyes and works of our complementary artists – Yon Yi Sohn, Linzee Inkster, Moonhee Han and Wellington Bojagi art group.
'Multiple' is brought to you by the ‘Harpies’.
Feast your eyes on a contemporary selection of textile art, sculpture, paintings, and jewelry from the Kapiti based artists 'Harpies'. Multiple is our second group show, and our 1st group show in Wellington and will be well worth the visit.
We are Kāpiti-based artists who became close friends and supporters of each others art practice after experiencing 2017’s 100 Day Challenge together. We all have our own art practices and enjoy sharing ideas, advice, techniques and much more together.
Artists tend to work in isolation and this group gives us the opportunity to be part of a group. ‘Harpies’ is a name to bring us together as a group and it’s also an ancient mythological creature, half bird, half woman, they thought that was kind of cool.
Diane Connal, Mixed rabbit necklace #1, Facebook
Sara Boland, ‘A feeling of hope’ Stitching on paper
Amanda Smart, Precocious 1
kelly art class
This exhibition is presented by a group of enthusiastic amateur artists who are gradually finding confidence and competence under the expert guidance of teacher Clive Kelly.
The exhibition shares the work of four separate classes and demonstrates a wide variety of styles and subjects.
Pablo Picasso said:
“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
Many of us joining these classes have never painted before, our lives following different paths and areas of employment. We share however a love of art, art history and design, and a desire to revisit the fearlessness that marked childhood artistic expression.
Clive has a talent for facilitation. He creates opportunities for ideas development, and expands and encourages individual style. The class model enables sharing and camaraderie, there is music and ongoing guidance. Coming together in these classes has enabled each of us to find a place from which self-expression and creativity can flow.
pyramid power festival
As part of Pyramid Power Festival, 1-4 May 2019, Pyramid Club presents an exhibition of 200+ posters that provide a portal into Wellington's rich music and arts scene from 1979-2019. From the early days of the Primitive Art Group to a multitude of bands and DIY spaces over 40 years.
A ritual sonic procession on Weds 1st from the gallery to Pyramid Club will open the festival. Amongst other performances at Pyramid Club and The Third Eye, lunchtime and early evening performances will be taking place at Thistle Hall Gallery on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd.
On Saturday 4th from 12-5pm come and check out the sounds, sights and smells of local artists at the Wellington Independent Maker’s Market!
In addition, ‘Inner City Outer Worlds Soundwalk’ will be available throughout the festival from the gallery. Curated by Sonorous Circle, this 45 minute walk explores Te Aro’s back alleys and traces a history of the city’s creative music community in sound (byo headphones).
Heartwork presents: Drawn In - 1000 artists, 1000 faces
had the courage and curiosity
to pick up a blue biro pen, a blank page
and have a crack
at drawing another human being
in two minutes.
Now you can too - come to the our interactive exhibition to experience creation, delight and connection with yourself, friends, whanau and possibly even a mysterious stranger.
growing trust and connection between strangers, colleagues, friends and whanau
Becoming a creator by overcoming doubt, judgement and stepping into the unknown
because laughter can be the best medicine
This is your exhibition
every body is a treasure exhibition
For the past two years, I have been working on a personal project, collecting anonymous images of women covered in golden clay. I started it as a gift for my niece who at 5 was questioning her own beauty. I wanted to show her the depth and breadth of the beauty of the female form. I wanted to also challenge my own unconscious sizist thinking, conditioned from years of media consumption. This exhibition will reveal to you your own beauty biases and invite you to contribute to a work in progress.
Playful interactive workshops scheduled for the Exhibition week:
- 13th = Mother - Daughter HeArt Workshop - Free
- 16th = Exhibition Opening Night - Free
- 16-20th = Artist in Residence - Mandi Lynn + You - Free
- 17th = Create a Divine Feminine Necklace - $35
- 18th = Workshop - Body Positive Parenting of Digital Natives - $35
- 20th = Induction into the Luscious Order of Golden Shield Maidens - $35
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pushed to the limit - don't judge me
I was born and raised in Singapore 50 years ago. I grew up in a culture where body/face image are very important to us. So I thought those values, the superficial image, was unique to my Asian culture, but to my surprise after living in New Zealand for 30 years I found out that many in the Western world also have the same obsession with image.
But my question to the audience is “how do we define perfect body”?
So I decided to challenge people, push people to their limit, to come out and change what is normal. I want my audience to see our imperfect body can be perfect.
Please come and see the individual beauty of an imperfect body.
Artworks are for sale, in different sizes, from any print. I am also available for private photo commissions - you have an idea, come talk to me and see what we come up with.
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The High Octane, Low Class Artwork of Jeremy Bennett and Christian Pearce
Come peep lovingly scribbled hot rods, oggle some monsters, get a sticker to cover a rust hole and maybe even a new tshirt that doesn’t have a curry stain on it yet!
The show is on at Thistle Hall and runs from April 2nd through to April 7th.
It’s better to draw burnouts than to fade away!
out in the open
Born in Gisborne NZ (Ngati Porou desendant) my passion for art started from shopping trips with my aunty when she would buy me colouring in books. My talent was recognised by intermediate where I was selected to be in a special art class. By the time I got to high school sport had become my main passion in particular rugby union, although I did past School C art. After leaving high school I moved south to Wainuiomata
I am now a long time resident of Wainuiomata. I have represented both Wainuiomata and Petone in rugby league winning 4 grand finals. My art has been a passion all my life yet also remains mainly hidden. Now is the time to let people see what I have created on my journey. I have been very lucky that I work with my passion and have spent the last 20yrs as an art tutor at Mix working with mental health participants (tangata whaiora people seeking wellness)
I works with many medias such as oil, acrylics, collage using items found while beach combing. I taught himself to bone carve and has also tried my hand at wood and stone carving.
I paint everything from portraits to animals, landscape to kowhaiwhai. I will take on the masters from time to time and try my hand at Goldie or Lindauer or as I would say to challenge myself.
I am now having my first solo exhibition – “Out in the Open”
All work will be for sale with some prints available in a range of sizes.
Random Order presents works by four Wellington artists in four very different mediums. Works include embroidered nudes, urban illustration, earthy ceramics and post-Soviet/Yugoslavian black and white photography.
Embroidered nudes: Sarah Stephen
The human form is powerful in its diversity. Using needle and thread I celebrate the skin we live in - in all its shapes, ages and genders. In this show I highlight the male and androgynous forms, both of which are underrepresented on gallery walls around the globe.
Urban illustration: Tom Lawler
When not working behind several screens in a box, Tom Lawler will occasionally draw a thing. Often more interested by perspectives that sit above street level rather than in it, Tom's illustrations draw from a childhood love of comic strip backdrops and a fascination with lines and contrast.
Earthy ceramics: Nicola Shuttleworth
As a Wellington based potter working from my studio in Island Bay my practice is about making functional ware to hold and to use. I produce stacks, groups and sets using similar forms with warm, natural coloured glazes. I work with New Zealand stoneware clay and mix my own glazes. I value handmade objects and believe they should be part of our everyday life.
Post-Soviet/Yugoslavian black and white photography: Will Whiten
Will likes to capture images of people and places that suggest a multitude of stories to the viewer. In this series, Will presents photos from countries that were once part of the USSR or Yugoslavia.
quirks and charming strangeness
Ursula has a head full of maths, stars, multi-layered visions and plenty of colourful witticisms which are then extruded as fun and quirky images both on canvas and in photography. One of her appealing projects is “New Zealand On the Rocks”, a series of painted images photographed underwater, of some of New Zealand's outstanding landmarks. She has recently been experimenting with smaller drawings and cartoons.
Niko has a head full of old rubbish, oil and steel which then appears as furniture, thistles and statues of people and cabbage trees. The lush vegetation, the wind and the sea, the spikiness of some plants, the deep forests, the mountains, inspires him to create objects which have been taken over by plants, as they would if someone or something would allow them.
They have brought this work from the Wairarapa to Wellington, for people to explore the extraordinary and zany, and to connect with like minds.
revive - a breathe of new life
What does it mean to recycle? Over the past few months AWA Artists let their imaginations take over and set themselves a challenge to reimagine their art and creative process to produce art works using recycled materials. Each Artist was presented with an item to incorporate in an art piece while also developing other work along the theme…reimagine, reinvent and recycle.
This challenge has been both thought provoking and inspiring. The basic concept of recycling suggests using what you already have or reusing old or found materials. It also includes looking as an artist at the creative process in order to do no harm to the environment, or to use art to raise awareness of environmental issues, conservation and wildlife preservation. This exhibition includes aspects of all of that. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Each artist has been on a journey that opened them up to a new way of seeing and creating.
AWA is a diverse group of Artists who live and work in Awakairangi, Upper Hutt. The Artists collaborate to bring art exhibitions and creative projects to engage and enrich the local community. The art mediums used are broad and include, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, hand crafted jewellery, printmaking, installation, photography, textiles and metal. Each Artist brings their unique art style while also developing their art practice as individuals, interpreting landscape, portraiture, abstract and other representations of life, nature and the human experience.
travel love heart
Teissi Aranda, is an argentinian plastic artist.
After a 10-year training in architecture, visual arts, and specialized in pictorial media and technologies, she proposes her first Solo exhibition, where she relates between challenging and dramatic palettes saturated of color, diverse stories of her travels.
Stories that invite the viewer to feel the energies and rebuild their own stories through those peculiar characters.
We are a world full of travelers, where in each country, we can find similarities and differences, but after all we are the same essence.
Her work is a contemporary pop expressionism, typical of the illustration, where photographic approaches predominate, the use of the line and the stain as elements that build her images.
Artworks will be for sale, prints, and range in size from small paintings to larger canvas paintings.
all good things
A multi-media exhibition featuring ceramics, fabric animals, paper sculptures and photography by Stephanie Hall, Michele Irving and Emma Robinson.
Stephanie Hall is a potter and Lower Hutt resident. She will be showing her house and lighthouse raku fired ceramics. These houses appear abandoned, desolate and weather-beaten yet have an innate beauty
Michele Irving is well known to gallery patrons for her fabric animals, paper sculptures, cards and zines. Karori resident Michele’s work is intricate and delightful. New work includes a league of super galactic animal heroes in fabric and “All Good Dogs”, a series of tiny good dog paper sculptures. Website
Emma Robinson is a writer and photographer living in Waitarere. Her photographs for this exhibition explore ideas of beauty – architectural and personal. Full size framed prints will be available. Emma also makes cards which feature images of NZ flora and fauna as well as toys exploring the natural world. Website
For further info please contact:
Emma Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 021 117 6145
memory of trees
Masks have been here since the beginnings of our time so too has an innate knowledge that trees share our world and like us are living beings. I have combined masks and trees and created a cadre of characters connecting us with nature. We see a mask and look upon ourselves. The mask has the ability to suspend the viewer’s sense of reality where questions arise. We might ask “Where do these creatures come from, how do they live, what does it see in me?”
Venerated by people across the globe, trees have inspired and guided us. The ‘Tree of Life’ grows in almost every culture, is nurtured by shamans and druids, medicine women and angekok, tohunga and healer.
These tree masks serve to remind us of the healing philosophies that enrich our lives and help us in sharing the world with all our diverse and valuable allies.
In Plants We Trust
Come and enjoy an exhibition opening that celebrates nature. Work is for sale.
paintings, prints and other works
Nancy McMillan works mainly in pastels and oils, producing semi-abstract landscapes of South Island high country and portraits. She was selected for the Adam Portraiture Award 2016 and NZ exhibition tour. In 2008 she had a successful solo exhibition in the Christchurch Arts Centre and has also had work exhibited in the NZ Academy of Fine Arts. Since moving to Wellington in 2013 she has been an active member of The Portrait Club which meets at Karori Arts and Crafts Centre.
Joe Buchanan produces letterpress and linocut prints as Diatom Press. Trained in marine biology, his subjects include seaweeds, native fish and poetry. He draws cuts and prints with a variety of presses on fine papers.
Natasha McMillan uses acrylic paint and pastels to convey evocative elements or to extract the essence of urban and rural landscapes, faces, figures or interiors. In her collage and photography, she enjoys capturing changes in texture, light and pattern.
inverlochy art school exhibition 2019
Welcome to the Inverlochy Art School annual exhibition where we celebrate our fabulous art family, held this year at Thistle Hall.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see work and celebrate all the fabulous creativity that has been a culmination of work by students and tutors at Inverlochy from 2018.