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Land & Sea: The Watercolour World of Alfred Memelink


Fri 5 May 2017, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 6 May 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 8 May 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 9 May 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 10 May 2017, 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 is pleased to host the first Manawatu exhibition of watercolours by Petone artist Alfred Memelink. Land & Sea: The Watercolour World of Alfred Memelink will feature 30 paintings by this New Zealand artist who is becoming well-known for his streetscapes and seascapes.

Trained as a marine engineer, the artist has taught himself this difficult medium during many long voyages at sea. His special affinity for Wellington and its harbour combined with his extensive knowledge of ships and the sea has provided him with a very special approach to his art. Aside from the albatross symbol that is painted below his signature, Memelink always includes a seagull somewhere in a painting as a testament to his connection with the sea.

He has gained a strong local following and international recognition with his ability to bring to life the scenes in his paintings. The artist says, “My work is characterised by interesting perspectives, tangible moods and an expressive use of colour.” This exhibition will surely see Memelink’s fan base extend from the Wellington region to the Central Districts and beyond.

Currently working part-time on Wellington Harbour tugs, Memelink is pursuing his passion for art more fully by owning his own gallery, Artspace Gallery in Petone, which shows his own work and that of other invited artists in regularly scheduled exhibitions. Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is bringing Alfred Memelink’s art to Palmerston North and the Manawatu to introduce his artistic styling to a new audience. Land & Sea:

Alfred Memelink is an award winning watercolourist ‘at one with the watercolour medium’ in particular but he also enjoys pushing the boundaries of art in other areas such as 3-D crafts and a unique collage style of artworks. This consummate artist also finds other means of creative expression through photography and through music as an accomplished jazz saxophonist.

Selected honours include:
Finalist in the Telecom Art Awards (1992); elected as an artist member to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (2004); winner of Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award for Best Watercolour, 2010 and awarded a Gold Medal for the Pitcairn Islands Stamps issue from the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards, 2010.

The artist had art selected for an Akatarawa Estate wine label (2004); for the cover of the 2007 NZ Bed and Breakfast Guide; for Save the Children greeting cards (2007 & 2008) and selected for the Artfind National Arts Calendar (2007, 2008 & 2011). Memelink’s paintings have also been selected for the New Zealand in Watercolour Arts Calendar (2010 - 2013) and have been featured in Denis Robinson’s book “New Zealand in Watercolour (2008) and again in Robinson’s book “Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand” (2011).

Memelink has served as a Committee Member of Watercolour New Zealand (1994 to present); he has been president of the Watercolour New Zealand Society from 2006 to 2009 and was re-elected in 2014/14. He served as a Council Member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 2003 to 2012 including a term as Vice-President.

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