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Strangely Familiar: Portraits By Wayne Youle


Wed 14 Jun 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 16 Jun 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 17 Jun 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 18 Jun 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Wayne Youle’s bold, compelling portraits of New Zealand art-world personalities of musicians, poets, writers and visual artists include figures such as Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Margaret Mahy and Len Lye. The vibrant, multicoloured portraits with their abstract shapes and monochrome backgrounds are deceptively simple - yet remarkably alive.

Like many artists of his generation, Youle looks to Pop Art for inspiration with bright saturated colours, hard-edged style and appropriated imagery. He takes the portrait and reinvents it, demonstrating how portraiture can assert itself as a viable and relevant art form today.

Come take a ‘portrait tour of the arts’ through the 34 paintings of New Zealand’s best-known figures in the creative arts.

Wayne Youle was born in Porirua in 1974 and is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Whakaeke and European descent. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rita Angus Residency and the SCAPE Artspace Artist in Residence, Sydney, Australia. He now lives and works in Amberley, north of Christchurch. He is represented by {Suite}, Wellington.

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Opening Day Talk: Wayne Youle, Helen Kedgley & David Alsop

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