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Handmade

When:

Tue 11 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 12 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu 13 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri 14 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat 15 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm

Where: Warwick Henderson Gallery, 255 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Anne Gifford

Very few items could be considered “Handmade” these days and it is these objects an exhibition is focusing on in Parnell at the end of this month.
The exhibition includes a wide variety of work much of which comes from renowned New Zealand artists or Potters.
Some superb new Salt Glazed Pots feature in the exhibition by iconic Potter Barry Brickell. One glazed in delightful earthy browns, blues and greens feature fish and birdlike shapes and is beautifully finished. “This pot is one of the most beautiful of its type” says Gallery director Warwick Henderson. “Barry Brickell is a potter of international standing and we are lucky to have him and access to his works in New Zealand”.
Other potters included are Mirek Smsik, Rick Rudd, Keith Blight and rare pots by very early New Zealand potters such as Olive Jones and Minnie White. Minnie White was more known for her painting in the early 20th century. A fine oil painting of Lake Wanaka, c1920, well before any housing development, is included in the exhibition.
Unusual and stunning carved and painted artworks by leading artists such as Barry Lett, Nigel Brown, Fatu Feu’u and Harry Watson also feature in the exhibition. Painted wooden “Folk Art” sculptures by Nigel Brown depicting early Gold Miners from the late 19th century are most interesting. Nigel Browns ancestors were Gold miners in the South Island during the New Zealand gold rush period in the 1870’s. These painted wooden sculptures reflect the pioneering “DIY” of our ancestors who worked and made almost everything from the ground-up, scratching a living from undeveloped land, to hand-building primitive cribs, huts and houses. It is from these forbears our Kiwi individual spirit and nature developed.
Harry Watson is renowned for his exquisite carved and painted wall mounted figures. One piece is a triptych which includes two figures and a miniature painting. The detail in the works shows a rare skill reminiscent of early 18th and 19th century folk artists.
Barry Letts hand cut wooden Birds depict native New Zealand Birds and are also hand painted. Keith Patterson’s assemblage “Pakiri” series works are also included. Keith Patterson visited Pakiri Beach when he returned briefly to New Zealand in 1990. He was inspired by the beauty of the beach and the history of the area to complete a series of assemblage artworks which included real oars, ropes, nets, shells and even parts of an abandoned Puriri Farm Gate.
Other contemporary artworks include vibrant fold-out three dimensional paintings by American based New Zealand artist Philippa Blair. While a little more subdued, but no less skilful, are shaped works by up and coming artist Nick Wall, April Shin and senior South Island based painter Eion Stevens. “Some quirky and interesting new works have arrived from Eion Stevens. “In particular his work “Anarchist” which is a stunning yet simple work which typifies Stevens inventiveness” says Henderson. “With so much mass produced junk coming into the country including factory art it is timely we celebrate and take time out to appreciate some genuine New Zealand original art by a selection of our Artists” says Henderson. “This art is still extremely affordable and well priced and will endure” he states. “These items will be still around in 100 years time and will be much revered by our children in the future”.

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