A Surrealist Odyssey is an extensive survey exhibition of Edward Bullmore, considered to be one of New Zealand’s earliest Surrealist visual artists. Bullmore challenged the constraints of the New Zealand’s predominately nationalist art canon of the time, with his Surrealist fusion of the New Zealand landscape and the human form, and it was not until he traveled to Europe and England that he achieved success as an artist.
In Europe Bullmore enjoyed exhibition success in several private and public British galleries. Film director Stanley Kubrick purchased two of his works, one of which appears in the cult movie, ‘A Clockwork Orange’. However he grew homesick, returning in 1969 to teach in Rotorua until his death in 1978, aged only 45.
Although Bullmore’s work was well received in Britain it has gained little attention in New Zealand; Surrealism has not traditionally been included in New Zealand’s art history. Edward Bullmore: A Surrealist Odyssey seeks to redress the neglect of this significant New Zealand artist. Organised by Tauranga Art Gallery.
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