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Two Artists - One Passion. Elspeth Shannon & Harriet Bright


Fri 6 Nov 2015, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 7 Nov 2015, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 8 Nov 2015, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: elspeth5

Opening drinks Friday 6th November  5 - 8pm all welcome.

Paekakariki artists Harriet Bright and Elspeth Shannon are exhibiting a collection of their paintings . Both have shown here previously as part of the Adam Portrait Awards.  Elspeth’s portrait toured during the 2010 selection and Harriet won the overall exhibition that year with ‘Kayte’, a fluid painting of which Mark Amery wrote; 

 'Then there’s Harriet Bright’s winning entry, a cheeky and fluid, yet also blockishly imposing nude study of a middle aged woman on a lazyboy, in all her elegant sagging curvaceous glory. The figure may be stripped but the personality is intact in these works. These are artists finding free flowing and honest ways to give their subjects’ power and dignity.'  Her work also toured in 2012.

Elspeth has lived by the sea and painted since graduating with BFA honours from Massey in 2007. She regularly exhibits at Zimmerman gallery in Palmerston North, Works on paper in Napier and Art Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington. “Ive always been interested in our complex relationship with animals, however increasingly, the painting process rather than the subject, is becoming the focus”.

Harriet is a busy working mother, well known locally for her tutoring in drawing,  and for carving the majestic gates at Paekakariki School. She has recently taken the plunge into being a full time artist. " When I am so absorbed in the process of painting or drawing that I stop considering how the work will look, a sort of magic, or truth, sometimes comes through in the work. As soon as I try to take back control, this disappears.'

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