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Rozi Demant New Portraits 2018


Sat 7 Apr 2018, 11:00am–4:00pm
Wed 11 Apr 2018, 11:00am–4:30pm
Thu 12 Apr 2018, 11:00am–4:30pm
Fri 13 Apr 2018, 11:00am–4:30pm
Sat 14 Apr 2018, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Warwick Henderson Gallery, 255 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Anne Gifford

Often the most beautiful objects in nature are fragile and like a richly scented spray of Wisteria are short-lived. Demant has referenced exquisite objects of nature such as insects, flowers and tiny birds in her latest portrait compositions where their fragility and perhaps mortality are exposed in a melancholic and umbrageous setting.

Magnolia flowers which appear robust soon fall prey to spring winds and storms. The quite majestic Magnolia Iolanthe flower in “Magnolia and Chains” is a feature of the unusual conical but equally striking chain arranged on the subjects’ head.

The Wisteria in “Wisteria and Dragonflies” is draped sensuously over the protagonist’s head in full flower, a richly scented seductress for the Dragonflies. In “Green Hummingbirds and Chains” the chiaroscuro and diaphanous qualities are quite palpable.

The luminous beauty of the subject is highlighted by unusual and curious props. The dainty and tiny hummingbirds (usually only 7-13cm long) which are attracted to the alluring magnolia scent are busy, delicately unravelling the chains on the sleeping girl.

This painting manifests as a significant work in the artists oeuvre to date. While intricate golden mica chains depicted in these new paintings serve as a reference to captivity or constraint, the props or adornments add a more refined and sophisticated appearance to recent imagery.

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