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Tue 12 Aug 2008–Sat 30 Aug 2008, 10:00am–5:30pm

Where: milford galleries auckland, 26 Kitchener Street, Auckland CBD

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Milford Galleries

Callum Arnold: “Direction”

Exhibition preview: Tuesday August 12 from 5.30pm, artist will attend

Callum Arnold’s latest show at milford galleries auckland is formed from oil on canvas works focusing on the many landscapes and transitions that occur on the road journey from Christchurch to Nelson then down the west coast of the South Island. In his works Arnold reminds us how close the landscape seems from inside a car and how it gets carved up by the rural architecture of posts, trees, fences.

To describe Callum Arnold as a landscape painter is as true as it is misleading for in practically every work there are significant elements which collapse the past, present and future together. Simultaneously he allows the complicating intervention of weather, bush density, light cast, tone and phenomena of movement and distance to assert. These are no ordinary landscapes. Arnold is – as has been noted by prominent art writers - clearly reinvigorating and reinterpreting the experience of the NZ landscape.

Direction is a journey through the West Coast of the South Island. This journey is built from an amalgam of parts into which Arnold intervenes. He inserts the architecture and memory of buildings, fences, bridges, roads, signs, telegraph poles; he uses the dual linear patterns of road markings to move the viewer’s eyes in and around.

Arnold’s increasing assurance and confidence is revealed in a marked broadening of his palette. In key works, such as “West Coast Rain” (2008), “West Coast Pathways” (2008) and “West Coast Overcast” (2008) he establishes mosaics of overlays, patterns, modulating and variable light fall. He contrasts the real and unreal, native and exotic, atmospheres and location, farmed and abandoned.

In every painting there is a journey in progress and an expectation of change. “West Coast Corridor” (2008) is anthemic in character (as is “West Coast Shadow” (2008) and elements of other works) with the cathedral-like colonnade of tree trunks channelling expectation towards the light. In “West Coast Pathways” (2008) he mixes and opens ‘things’ up, introducing noticeable variances of tone and painterly textures. “West Coast Overcast” (2008) is everything but overcast; imminence is palpably established in Arnold building shadow into the middle distance whilst behind looms the sunlit dome of a mountain.

About Callum Arnold: Born Wellington in 1973, Callum Arnold gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, 2000 and a Masters of Fine Arts with Distinction in Printmaking 2001 from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. Arnold is currently on artist residence in Canterbury allowing the opportunity to paint full time.

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