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People and Places


Fri 12 Dec 2008–Wed 24 Dec 2008, 10:00am

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George St, Palmerston North

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  • Admission: Free

Taylor Jensen Fine Arts ends its 2008 exhibition year with a bright and colourful display of paintings by Palmerston North artist Annabel Neall.

People and Places: Paintings by Annabel Neall will feature twenty new works in acrylic and mixed media which illustrate the artist’s fascination with changing patterns in the landscape – shape, form, shadow and line.

Neall is also fascinated by the human figure and the way it interacts with the environment. She states: “My fascination with changing patterns also applies to the human shape, however quirky. Sometimes it is just a momentary glimpse of light passing over a shadow.” With this new exhibition Annabel has created another collection of ‘visual delight’ with her abstract representational paintings which depict people at work and play and places which reflect the spectrum of colours the artist favours. A reception to honour the artist will be held on Friday evening, 12 December from 5.00 -7.00pm at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North; the public is cordially invited.

The current exhibition is the sixth such showing that Annabel Neall has held at the Taylor-Jensen Gallery and demonstrates the support that the artist has from art enthusiasts and collectors locally and throughout New Zealand. Included in the exhibition are a series of Far North landscapes “where light and shadow dominate; and where there is the prospect of future exploration with mystery lying around almost every corner.” Surely reason enough to entice the artist to return and paint again.

Annabel Neall enjoys the process of painting and the results; “I use acrylic paints and often incorporate sand, crayon or pencil and sometimes pumice and ink. When painting I become intensely involved with my work and quite often work on two or more subjects at a time!” The exuberance of the artist’s work can easily be seen and appreciated in this new series of work.

Annabel Neall’s ‘home base’ is Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North where her latest paintings are regularly exhibited. She also exhibits from time to time at other galleries including the Parnell Gallery, Auckland; the Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North and at the Electra Gallery in Waipukurau. Neall is an exhibiting member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.

Annabel Neall grew up drawing everything in sight; no person or thing on the family farm escaped her keen powers of observation. She first painted using the dried and brittle pans of an old watercolour paint box to capture the dramatic landscapes of the Central Hawke’s Bay of her youth. She is still fascinated by the shades of autumn and summer in the hills of that region.

Annabel’s nursing career and family commitments did not give her much time for art until later in her busy life. The artist held her first solo exhibition in 1995 at Dennis Jensen Fine Arts and Picture Framing Gallery in Terrace End, Palmerston North; in 1998 she shared exhibition space at the Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts Gallery with artist/friend, Vonnie Sterritt, and again in 2000 her work was exhibited in a show entitled On Reflection with artist/friend Rita Easther. In February 2004 Neall showed works of a somewhat unique interior landscape - tropical fish in tanks - in a solo exhibition titled Images of Interest (A Progressing). In December 2005, Annabell Neall exhibited her impressions of the places she had visited in that year in a presentation entitled Images of Interest - Flinders Ranges, South Australia. The artist chose Reflections as the title for her previous solo exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts in 2006 explored the dynamics of the human form.

Annabel Neall is a member of the Te Manawa Arts Society, an active and enthusiastic tournament croquet player and with husband Vince, growers of prize-winning camellias.