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Walk With Me: Small Paintings by Anne Morris


Wed 24 Dec 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 27 Dec 2014, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 29 Dec 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 30 Dec 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 31 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts ends its exhibition year with a selection of 50 paintings by celebrated Palmerston North artist, Anne Morris. Walk with Me is an exhibition that has been created from images that Anne Morris has “gathered from many places I have seen, stayed at, walked or driven past over the last few years.” Working from photographs that the artist has taken herself, these 50 small oil on canvas works are a stunning array of pictorial images of New Zealand with a few ‘snapshots’ taken in Australia included for good measure. Anne says: “New imaging technology makes it easier to be more spontaneous…the iPad and the iPhone are wonderful tools for capturing scenes, views, moments and tricks of light that may only last for a few seconds.” Ms Morris’ paintings do not attempt to reproduce the actual visual image but rather ‘reflect on the image in paint’. “I usually see something that captures my imagination be it juxtaposed colours, deep intense shades, flickering lights, unusual shapes that may be incongruous with their setting, natural or manmade. Images that stir an emotional response, these things and more cause me to stop and take a picture in the first place.”

Morris writes: “When I decide to paint an image, I am trying to portray the initial response that I had when first becoming aware of the beauty, power, clarity, uniqueness of the subject. Sometimes this will happen within a few strokes of the brush, sometimes the final work will resolve after many revisits to the canvas. During each work there is a moment of clarity when you know you have succeeded in achieving the true representation of your subject matter, the trick is then to know when to stop painting.”

Anne Morris — artist, philosopher, poet — concludes: “I hope that this collection will inspire you to look around at our world, the places we live, see the trees, breathe the air, stand on a windy beach, run in a grassy paddock, appreciate what we have in this amazing country and take time to be present in the moment.”

Anne Morris studied at the School of Fine Arts, Dunedin from 1980 – 1983 graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. After travelling and living in the UK for several years she returned to live in Palmerston North in 1991. Anne held her first solo exhibition in 2002; Gardens was a series of garden scenes painted in acrylic on canvas. Her second solo exhibition, held in 2004, was entitled Walk of Life which included portraiture and figure paintings in a mixture of acrylics and oils on canvas.

In 2009, Anne exhibited a collection of beach and sea paintings in acrylic on canvas and a series of small acrylic landscapes on wooden blocks. In 2012 she had a solo exhibition of a collection of large charcoal drawings on paper. Can’t See the Wood for the Trees featured images of trees, forests and landscapes in dramatic works, a number of which were later exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

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