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Mark Wooller: Road from Eden

When:

Tue 15 May 2012, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 16 May 2012, 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu 17 May 2012, 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri 18 May 2012, 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat 19 May 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Anne Gifford

An exhibition by Matakana based artist Mark Wooller opens on the 1st May at the Warwick Henderson Gallery in Parnell. Fresh from Wooller’s successful exhibition last year, Mark has created works along a similar theme including stunning bushscapes with native forest including early New Zealand stamps, early postcards and street maps of Auckland. This year’s exhibition also features works of Mt Eden, hence the title of the exhibition “Road from Eden”. Mark comments “A fully clothed Mt Eden, looking as she was before human habitation, a real “Garden of Eden”. In the work Road to Eden, a new path is carved around the mount, without reference to it past inhabitants, it winds its way to the summit, below the mountain lots are numbered ready for sale”.

“Wooller contemplates an alternative Auckland, but one which may be no more fanciful than that devised by the settlement's real-life surveyor, Felton Mathew. He paints one of the city's defining landforms, Maungawhau (Mt. Eden), bush-covered and presumably predating human settlement. The extent of this vegetation suggests Europeans imagined that an untouched and verdant land awaited them; in fact, some areas had already been substantially modified and were under cultivation by Maori. Compared to Heaphy's clean and mast-like trunks, Wooller's kauris are weathered and ancient, and so their imminent demise is all the more regrettable. He has developed a range of diagrammatic trees, packed together in profile in a manner suggesting the vision of the untrained colonial artist. Meticulously painted in various shades of dark green, they capture the impenetrable - but now vulnerable - nature of the New Zealand bush” (Text by Richard Wolfe compiled for the “Road from Eden Catalogue 2012)

Mark Wooller was born in Auckland, and attended Rutherford College. He had his first exhibition in 1988, and has exhibited regularly since. Mark has worked as a fulltime artist for the last twenty years. He lives north of Auckland with his family where he paints and pleasures in keeping a large garden. “As my art, my garden is forever changing with the seasons, and with fresh ideas for new paintings”.

Gallery Director Warwick Henderson says “Mark is currently one of the most appreciated contemporary artists currently exhibiting in New Zealand. His first bushscapes show “The First Post“ sold out last year and he sold all the works submitted for last year's Auckland Art Fair. He is a quality artist engaging the viewer in something very dear to our hearts”.

You can read the full catalogue text by Richard Wolfe by visiting the Warwick Henderson Gallery website.

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