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Second Time Around


Thu 5 Feb 2009–Tue 24 Feb 2009, 10:00am

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Second Time Around featuring paintings that their owners are now ready to share with other art enthusiasts through resale on the ‘secondary art market’. Second Time Around gives art owners the opportunity to downsize their art collections, to take previously loved art off the walls and display it in a gallery setting in hopes of finding these works new homes. If this exhibition is successful, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts will hold a similar show in August tentatively titled “Crazy Stu’s Art Extravaganza!” in which art owners (not the artist!) are encouraged to sell their two and three-dimensional art through the gallery. A sort of ‘used car lot’ for art! Having been asked to help sell works from estates, downsizing of family homes, people moving overseas and similar circumstances, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts offers a unique body of work often only seen together in art auctions or estate sales. The changing exhibition space at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts will house a selection of mostly traditional art in an ‘Encore Presentation!’- a television executive's term for a re-run.

Artists such as South Islanders Aston Greathead, Douglas Badcock and John Badcock or locals such as the late Basil Register, the late John Bevan Ford, Roy Sefton, Lois Neilsen and Betty Oakes, formerly of Palmerston North, are included. Works from lesser-known luminaries, such as Wayne Sinclair, Mary Archibald, Emerson Porter and many others will be available for purchase for investment or for enjoyment in one’s home or office. Over thirty works in all media will be on display, including a copy of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers in an ornate gold frame by an unknown artist. If you ever wanted an example of an impressionist painting, you won’t go wrong with Vincent.

The collection amassed for this exhibition reflects the taste of the people of this region over the last several decades. Why are they offering these works for sale? Well as one owner wishing to sell a lovely floral watercolour stated – “Tastes change, priorities change. We offered them to the children but they did not wish to take them. We’re downsizing and getting rid of extraneous possessions.” Another said that new fabric on the lounge suite required new artwork on the walls. Whatever the reason we are a society that values recycling and one that values its artists no matter the medium. Although Second Time Around may not have a theme or be a group show in the strictest sense of the term, the exhibition will serve to document styles and tastes from years gone by.

All the artwork in the exhibition will be sold ‘as is’; gallery personnel will be pleased to make suggestions about re-framing or replacement of mats, backing, glass or any conservation needs that should be attended to, to enhance the life expectancy of the work. Because it has only been in the last fifteen or twenty years that ‘museum or conservation quality’ art and framing supplies have been readily available to artists and picture framers within New Zealand, this shortcoming may need to be addressed. Oil and acrylic paintings may also need cleaning and re-varnishing to help preserve the surface of the work which is generally done, or should be, every ten years or so. Works on canvas or linen may need to be re-lined, but this determination is often the responsibility of a trained conservator. Taylor-Jensen offers access to The New Zealand Professional Conservators Group if required and regularly assists art patrons to asses their collection and prioritise conservation requirements. We also offers a conservation framing service, appraisal and valuation services and installation services. The public is encouraged to bring works of art about which they might have concerns to the gallery or contact the Managing Director for an appointment to assess your collection in your home or office.