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Rod Eales Portrait of an Icon: The Crown Lynn Swan


Fri 6 Apr 2018, 12:00am

Where: Eastern Southland Gallery, 14 Hokonui Dr, Gore, Southland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: jgeddesjp6

Portrait of An Icon celebrates an iconic feature of New Zealand’s social and cultural heritage, the Crown Lynn swan vase. Crown Lynn is one of New Zealand’s more notable manufacturers. From being a producer of bricks, pipes and electrical fittings in the 1930’s at New Lynn, Auckland, Crown Lynn grew to become the largest pottery in the southern hemisphere.

Most New Zealander’s used Crown Lynn dinner sets every day and excess production was exported. The swan vase was just one design out of hundreds, but one that has survived to tell us a little more about our cultural identity.

The swan was produced in three sizes, with the larger and smaller versions the most popular. Over a period of 60 years the swan has undergone a complete cycle, from its height of popularity where almost every household had at least one, to relative obscurity, then back again.

The paintings in this exhibition are inspired by the artist’s own collection of swan vases and are executed in oil on board on either a circular or oval format. Some of the paintings make connections to aspects of the swan’s historical origins while others simply capture the elegance and the essence of the swan, focusing on the range of coloured glazes that Crown Lynn incorporated in their production.

Rod Eales was born on the coast of the Bay of Plenty. Since graduating with a Diploma in Fine Arts, and Diploma in Kindergarten Teaching at Dunedin, Rod has pursued the dual career of painting and teaching.

Her teaching career has been diverse, encompassing Early Childhood Teaching and tutoring in Early Childhood Education at Otago Polytechnic. She has also tutored in painting and life drawing for Universities Clubs and Societies, and The Dunedin Craft Centre. Additionally she has led workshops in painting and and been a Workshop Leader for Teacher Professional Development in Art and Puppetry.

Rod has painted and exhibited regularly throughout New Zealand for over 20 years and is represented in collections both nationally and internationally. Much of her painting history has reflected aspects of New Zealand’s cultural past through ‘objects’. In ‘Portrait of an Icon’, the chosen object is the Crown Lynn swan vase.

The exhibition runs until 29 April.