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Artweek Parnell Day - The Honeymooners’ Bed


Sat 10 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Parnell Gallery, 263 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Viewing The Honeymooners’ Bed is an intoxicating experience of the senses, offered by an artist in full control of his unique technical approach and endless inspiration. The artist, Peter Hackett, is inspired by nature, in particular the meadow flowers that surround his studio in season. The work is full of intense colour and vigorously applied oil paint, which literally advances from the picture plane to dramatic visual impact.

In this show the strong red of the poppies, which regularly grace Hackett’s work, are interspersed with joyful yellows greens and blues, full of the promise of Spring. The mottled bands of colour recede into the distance, creating depth from a low, intimate angle.

Some paintings focus on smaller areas, bringing us even closer to the picture plane and inviting us in to the generous, celebratory experience of paint and nature. “I am not just using oil paint to describe a meadow, I am using a meadow to describe oil paint.”

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