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John Tarlton - New Works Exhibition Opening

Where: Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, 16 Byron Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Listed by: Lisa Feyen

Join us, as we celebrate the opening of John Tarlton's exhibition full of New Works, at Creative Arts Napier, 5-7pm on Friday 29 October.
All are welcome!

At the opening we kindly request that you wear a face mask and observe social distancing. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend. We will be monitoring the numbers attending with a maximum of 100 at any one time as per level 2 guidelines.

John Tarlton’s paintings and prints fit outside the norm of traditional figurative and landscape motif found in much of New Zealand painting. He sees himself as a storyteller, whose works are organic in their creation. He doesn’t use sketchbooks to develop his concepts. Instead chooses to start with a single image that takes his fancy and then lets the narrative build from there. The stories grow as he makes connections. Throughout the works humour, pun, and satire are used to titillate the viewers reading.

John Tarlton first exhibited his art in New Zealand in the heady Auckland art scene of the mid-seventies. Since then he has had numerous one man fine art shows in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, as well as pursuing many years of active practice as a lecturer, academic, and art educator. His work is represented in several private collections and the public collections of Te Papa, Auckland City Art Gallery, Rotorua City Art Gallery, Waikato Museum of History and Art, Te Manawa (Museum of Art Science History, Palmerston North), University of Auckland, and the State University of New York at Albany.

A California-born New Zealander, John received degrees in fine art at the undergraduate and graduate levels from the State University of New York at Albany, and also studied for a year with Rudi Gopas, William Sutton and Philip Trusttum at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (Ilam) in 1972. In addition, he holds a PhD in Vocational Art Education from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Tarlton has always intentionally flown somewhat under the radar. To date, he remains what the New Zealand writer Kevin Ireland described in a Listener review as an artist who:

"...has resisted identification with art movements or groups that might have endorsed his reputation... He is very much an individualist-- a virtuoso draftsman, a player of visual games and a wit..." (N.Z. Listener, April 29, 1991).

Read more about John Tarlton on our website.

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