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Fri 16 Jan 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm
Sun 18 Jan 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm
Mon 19 Jan 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm
Tue 20 Jan 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Farmgate Art Gallery, 20 Main Road, Clevedon, Clevedon, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: akaclint

Michelle Chapman

I was born and educated in Napier, Hawkes Bay where I studied art at school and was regularly awarded school art prizes and scored an A pass in School Certificate art. My love of art began at an early age and has continued ever since.

After an OE living in London and exploring the art capitals of Europe, I returned to NZ and attended Victoria University in Wellington for a Bachelor of Arts degree where I studied Art History and tutored in Architectural History. I was hugely impressed during this time by the art of Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock and other major colourists of the modern movement.

Priorities of marriage, family and career seriously took over for a decade or so, but I am now able to return to art as a full time artist. I live in Auckland and have studied part-time at Whitcliffe College of Art in techniques of painting, drawing and composition.

My first attempts at painting were abstract depictions of nature and the environment. I found that colour was my starting point in all works and appreciating light became important. Earliest works were more geometric in composition and I was pleased to sell two large works in Hawkes Bay which inspired me to carry on.

In 2009 I had a solo exhibition "Through the Gap" at Papakura Art Gallery and was asked to participate in a curated show there called "Flourish" in 2010. Various paintings have been in group exhibitions in Hawkes Bay and Wellington.

Recent works have, I feel, matured a little, with a much freer style and more emphasis on colour and texture of the paint and brush. I love working this way. Colour again, is the starting point for me. I have begun to experiment with more water washes, dribbles and huge thick splashes of paint to make impressions of form. I am also beginning to experiment with transparent glazes.

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