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Pop Surrealism


Sun 8 Jan 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Thu 12 Jan 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Fri 13 Jan 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Sat 14 Jan 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Sun 15 Jan 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: 50 Works Gallery, 50 London Street, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: 50worksgallery

Pop Surrealism – Lucy Eglington accompanied by Maryrose Crook, Rachel Ratten and Meredith Marsone.

Synonymous 40 years ago with ‘Lowbrow Art’ Pop Surrealism in the 21st Century is emerging is a movement in which ideas about our natural and social environment merge with the personal perceptions of the artist to produce fascinating images which challenge our world view, but are visually seductive.

Moths tethered around a burning candle, Barbie dolls peaking seductively from in the hair of a towering renaissance-like figure and humming birds’ streaming from the mouth of a Polar Bear. This is the world of pop surrealism – one where dreams, kitsch themes, the beautiful and the dark co-exit.

Lucy Eglington paints the internal realm – the unpredictable narratives conjured in dreams and the creatures, people and themes who share that inner space. Her work shows her deep interest in people's innermost stories, their perceptions and psychological constructs. Individuals' narratives are woven into her work, often emerging as images of animals – living and dead – metaphors for ideas and feelings.

Lucy is influenced by renaissance and classical painters, enjoying beauty and the ways in which lavish or kitsch themes co-exist with darker ideas to produce something beautiful and meaningful. For her, the creation of beauty is a deliberate construct in opposition to aesthetic 'sterility'. This is the first time her work has been shown in the South Island.

Maryrose Crook’s work is well-known in New Zealand, though recent paintings draw on the environments in which she currently works on the edge of the Californian desert. Maryrose is currently working towards a major solo show at 50 Works Gallery in May 2017.

Rachel Ratten is a painter and printmaker based in Timaru, New Zealand. She has a BA in Sociology, and a Master of Fine Arts (with Distinction) from University of Canterbury. The focus of Ratten's work is the relationship between objects deemed kitsch, and the people that own and cherish them. “Kitsch contains aesthetic value outside art theory but instead offers a direct visceral experience of the familiar, therefore evoking nostalgia and sentimentality, thus creating personal narrative and identity.”

Meredith Marsone is making an impact on the international Pop Surrealism scene. Following an exhibition in Sydney last May, Meredith is currently working on an exhibition in Los Angeles in February 2017. Her works incorporate abstract elements and depict emotional scenarios in which individuals interact with the painted surface.