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Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas By R Boyd-Dunlop


Fri 23 Sep 2016, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 24 Sep 2016, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 26 Sep 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 27 Sep 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 28 Sep 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts celebrates the coming of Spring with a small, colourful and audacious exhibition by Hawke’s Bay artist and gallery owner, Richard Boyd-Dunlop.

Colour Blast an exhibition of paintings and prints will run from Saturday 10th September through Wednesday 28th September. The works on show feature stylistic, bold imagery that, according to the artist, “jumps off the canvas at you!” Painting for over twenty-five years Boyd-Dunlop has been influenced by the work of Keith Haring, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Damien Hirst and other artists of that flamboyant ilk.

Richard Boyd-Dunlop has shown work in galleries in the UK, Australia, the United States, Europe and, of course, New Zealand. He has paintings in many public and private collections worldwide. Colour Blast is the artist’s first exhibition in the Manawatu. The public is invited to view Richard’s latest offerings and to meet the artist at an exhibition opening in the heart of the city’s Cultural Hub.

Colour Blast: Works by Richard Boyd-Dunlop will continue on view through 28th September.

Born in Auckland in 1973, Richard Boyd-Dunlop began painting in his teens and considers himself a ‘self-taught’ artist. Richard’s art reflects his extensive travel throughout the Pacific Islands, Australia, Europe and North Africa which has seen him develop a very individual style of painting. In recent years the artist has used a ‘holographic vinyl’ in addition to traditional acrylic paints to produce striking patterns with light-variable effects.

The widening scope of colours available to the artist has also had an effect on Richard’s palette. In the past, Boyd-Dunlop’s paintings have often been a commentary on the relationship between man and his environment with a particular focus on conservation issues. Lately, his work is influenced by current events and iconic figures.

Now making his home in Napier, Richard Boyd-Dunlop began his artistic career in Auckland by producing bright, colourful custom designed and painted t-shirts which he sold at markets and events in Auckland. His artistic flair caught the attention of a textile company in Sydney where he worked for several years before travelling to Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom and throughout the Pacific. His painting gear always accompanied him wherever he went. In Barcelona, he often painted on a long strip of canvas while hundreds of tourists and locals walked on the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian boulevard.

The artist’s showmanship thrived when literally painting in front of hundreds of people at a time. Richard has also been honoured with art residencies in Niue and Rarotonga. Closer to home, Boyd-Dunlop has work in the Auckland Regional Council collection, the Manukau City Council collection and his work are held in private collections throughout New Zealand and internationally. In 2011 a retrospective covering twenty years of paintings, drawings, mixed media and design was held in Auckland. Colour Blast: Works by Richard Boyd-Dunlop can be viewed during normal gallery hours through 28th September.

An experience not to be missed!

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