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Nicky Foreman - Incrementum


Wed 3 Jul 2019, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 4 Jul 2019, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 5 Jul 2019, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 6 Jul 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 7 Jul 2019, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Artis Gallery, 280 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: ArtisGallery

Opening Tuesday 25 June at ARTIS Gallery, Parnell - Nicky Foreman - 'Incrementum'.

For more information about the exhibition or to request a catalogue please visit our website.

“From a personal point of view, I have always found it easier to center myself in an ornate space and although there is a current push towards the pared back, I am attracted to the unbridled flamboyance of Baroque. The storytelling and emotion evoking imagery resonates with me and I have had visceral reactions to lapis and gold since my childhood, when I sought out travel books in the library. I also like the theatrical element of curtains opening and the story being revealed.

My work is never planned out at the beginning. Often there is one strong image to begin with, that evokes a feeling and then the other elements are built around this, always trying to achieve that ever elusive balance. Although there is a lot of detail, there is an intuitive process to develop each painting. This can often pose problems to solve within the work, because of my enthusiasm to get the first feeling down.

The altarpieces in the show present an outer shell and an inner hidden story. The imagery depicted all have their own unique meanings. The Magnolia represents perseverance, the Lily – protection, the Urn – holding, carrying, the Scallop – the Camino Pilgrimage, the Tree – growth and the use of Latin in my works reflects the human condition facing the same struggles and questions throughout the ages.” - Nicky Foreman

More about the artist:
Nicky Foreman was born in Waitara, Taranaki in 1970. She attended Elam School of Fine Arts Auckland University 1988 – 1991 and graduated BFA 1992. First exhibiting in Auckland and New Plymouth in 1992, Foreman has exhibited regularly in Auckland, New Plymouth and Christchurch ever since.

From the onset, she has worked in a compartmentalized format. Foreman’s work can be viewed twofold – in small icon-like pieces and as the whole. Her work is concerned with taking everyday objects and resetting them, so they might be viewed in a difference context – as precious and beautiful. Within this method of working Foreman plays off order against chaos, and abstract against figurative.

Foreman uses oil paint with an assemblage of other materials. She manipulates her materials and invents for herself new techniques that evolve through her everyday practice, giving a sense of alchemy to her artwork. Using gold, silver and copper leaf, wax, inks and shellacs, she engenders tactile historical surfaces.

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