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Bryan Dew Exhibition


Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 15 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 16 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 17 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General museum entry fee: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: MTG Hawke's Bay

Bryan Dew & the panorama of social unease

Bryan Dew is New Zealand's leading satirical artist of the mid twentieth century.

Rarely seen, this series of important works by Hastings born painter Bryan Dew casts a satirical brush over the everyday rituals of country life; beauty contests, twenty first birthdays, weddings and funerals, as Dew experienced them from 1960 - 1963.

Dew completed this important series of paintings in Hawke's Bay, presenting an aspect of social commentary these works introduced 'kitchen sink realism' to the panorama of New Zealand painting. Dew produced his important works while still 'an angry young man'. He was repelled by a society he saw as dull, self-important, pompous, ritualized, claustrophobic, close minded and chauvinistic.

In this series of works Dew avoided the bright natural light that dominated the New Zealand painting of his day. Instead he ventured indoors to capture, under harsh fluorescent light, the pre-sliced white bread, brown-bottled beer and ill fitting clothes preferred by the 'bug eyed men and po-faced ladies he encountered.