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Changes: New Works on Paper by Willie Docherty


Tue 11 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 13 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 14 Sep 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 15 Sep 2018, 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 take great pleasure in showing the latest series of artworks by local artist William ‘Willie’ Docherty, Head of Visual Arts at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. Entitled ‘Changes’ the exhibition consists of 24 new paintings on paper derived from a series of landscapes previously exhibited by the artist.

Docherty states: “These new works share the same starting point, the New Zealand landscape, ever changing and permanent and the New Zealand skyline constantly in a state of change.” This exhibition is Willie’s first solo show at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts; previously his work has been included in the bi-annual art exhibition of the Manawatu Art Teachers Association.

‘Changes’ will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday 25th August, 1 – 3pm at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North.

William ‘Willie’ Docherty was born in 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland on the 8th of January, a date he proudly shares with Elvis Presley, Stephen Hawking and David Bowie. The artist writes; “On my first day of school I met a boy in my class whose birthday also fell on the same day; we both shared the same passion for art.

When you grow up in Glasgow you need an edge, a point of difference, and we made Art ours!” Docherty holds a BA (Hons) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Distinction. In addition to being HOD Visual Arts at Palmerston North Boys’ High School he is also a Housemaster at College House, the seven day boarding facility at the school. “Bowie sang about Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes, which inspired me to use ‘Changes’ as the title of this exhibition.”

Willie Docherty is also a poet and a fan of Robbie Burns he has recently written: “We take a leap of faith, into the great unknown. We destroy in order to recreate. There are personal tales that change our direction, our destiny:

Born in the Gorbals of Glasgow town
My life was one of ups and downs
Wellies in summer sandshoes in snow
A crew cut kid, that never said no
Tae any challenge big or small
Wee Willie Doc took on them all.

The school days, well they weren’t great
The top of the class was one tae slate
Teachers pet that wasn’t me
I was oot the gate, at half past three,

Then a gleam of hope from McGraw
He said, “my drawings wurna’ bad at all.”
I looked in the mirror spotty and pale
And thought I could draw like Raphael

I planned to set the Art School on fire
But, they said my grammar left much to be desired
Art School had to bide its time
While I lit the lamps of Glasgow town

I met a lass tae call my ain
Together we took the southbound train
To Birmingham Art School far from hame
To seek my fortune and my fame

At Art School I started to hear about Pollock and Klee
Expressionism, Impressionism, was this for me?
Then a visit to Paris, oh what a joy
To see Carpeaux’ ‘Laughing Boy’

The plaster, the bronze, the world in 3D
Then I knew a ‘sculpture ‘ I’d be
Five years later-a sculptor not yet
A wee bit older and deeper in debt

A wee baby doc was about to arrive
It was my turn to work from nine to five
Well maybe not five more like five past four
The fastest teacher oot the door

Of course I was dedicated
Aren’t we all?
I’d coax and encourage another McGrath

Two years later and itchy feet
New horizons yet to greet
New Zealand the land of rugby and beer
“Have a go,” “have a go, ” their loudest cheer

Nearly four decades later
And, I’m having a go, and doing OK
The ‘Nihil Boni Sini Labore’ way.

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