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Closing The Gap - Anthony Davies


Fri 30 Jan 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 6 Feb 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 13 Feb 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 14 Feb 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 15 Feb 2015, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

As a professional artist in his chosen field of printmaking, Anthony Davies has had a long and prolific practice. He is adept with all printmaking techniques, prints in series, but more interestingly makes work that is meaningful, in that it conveys ideas. This exhibition celebrates a return to the traditional techniques of classical intaglio printmaking: etching, aquatint, dry point and sugar lift. Having a great ‘drawing hand’ and confidence with printmaking processes allows Davies to exploit the printmaker’s language of mark-making to express contemporary comment.

The ideas in the ‘Aotearoa’ and ‘Closing the Gap’ are gritty. The series suggest we have missed lessons from the past. They depict a terrifying present and a most uncertain future. Viewing his work raises uncomfortable questions; is New Zealand really a country grappling with growing division, seeking to define its cultural identity, and at the mercy of consumer culture?

Davies says, “I want people to think about how other people live, how they exist. People should be aware of what’s going on in the world”.