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Colin Hoare and Sons: A Family Affair


Fri 23 Feb 2018, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 28 Feb 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 is honoured to host an exhibition of recent works by distinguished award-winning Palmerston North artist Colin Hoare who will share exhibition space with his two talented twin sons, Alex and James Hoare.

Having visited Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts with their dad and mum since they were toddlers in prams, 19-year olds James and Alex have followed somewhat in their father’s footsteps and taken up art as part of their high school studies and won local art awards as well! They say that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree and in Hoare’s case his talented off-spring has made him and his lovely wife Lyn very proud indeed.

Colin Hoare is a professional sign-writer whose celebrity portraits in oil on canvas adorn a wall at Moxie’s Café on Palmerston North’s George Street. Colin regularly exhibits at the Feilding and District’s Art Society (FADAS) Art Expo held yearly in July at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre.

Living and growing up in a home surrounded by art, not just by Colin, has seen these two young men become not just aficionados but skilled practitioners of contemporary art styles. Alex and James’ Year 13 Art Portfolios will be a feature of the exhibition and an opportunity for the public to view this work only shown publicly at Te Manawa Art last year. A Family Affair will feature oil and acrylic work by all three artists.

Alex Hoare attends Victoria University studying music. He is an accomplished cellist and has played with the Palmerston North Youth Orchestra. In addition to musical practice each day his father says “He draws every day and paints regularly while holding down a job to help pay for his uni tuition.” Alex recently won an award at the FADAS Members Show and has won a Junior category at the Mangaweka Fakes and Forgies exhibition.

James Hoare, also working to help pay university expenses, attends Massey University, Wellington and majors in computer 3-D art and production. James has hopes of becoming a ‘Gamer’ and as Colin states “Currently designs computer games that may make him even more famous someday!”

Colin Hoare is a self-taught artist and local sign writer. “I work from photographs preferring faces of people who are relaxed and acting naturally. I think it is a privilege to paint a portrait of someone; trying to be honest in my presentation. I sketch first with a pencil and then paint with a brush. I prefer oil because the paint takes longer to dry allowing me to use a pallet knife or similar tool to move, remove or shape the paint.”

Colin says, “I am extremely hard on my brushes and often use bits of plastic like a pallet knife. I also like painting with pen and wash. Light is one of the most important parts of my work as it gives depth and definition to a portrait. The response I receive from people when I finish a portrait or work of art is very satisfying, but I believe that the most important thing for an artist is to like your own work!”

Hoare has had paintings selected for the Wairarapa’s Wai Art Portrait Awards and for the last three years has shown at the Feilding and District Art Exhibition. A work was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards exhibition. Colin has also shown work in the Christchurch Art Show and for the last 3 years has shown work at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

As aforementioned, Moxie’s Café has established a ‘Wall of Fame’ based on Colin’s portraits. When someone famous comes into the café, the staff takes a photo of them and Colin paints their portrait for the wall. At least 30 portraits now adorn the café wall; the most recent being Billy Connelly.

Colin Hoare’s painting skills have also been recognised nationally as a painting by him features on the cover of The New Zealand Artist magazine, issue 6, September/October 2014. The five page article includes photos of a selection of his painting style.

Colin has just been accepted into the prestigious Wellington-based Adam Portraiture Awards for 2018.

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