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Juliet Best & Shona Lyon Exhibition


Wed 31 Mar 2021, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 1 Apr 2021, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 2 Apr 2021, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 3 Apr 2021, 10:30am–3:30pm
Sun 4 Apr 2021, 10:30am–3:30pm

Where: ArtSelect Gallery, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, we are excited to invite you and your guests to meet Juliet Best and Shona Lyon and celebrate the opening of their Exhibition. This joint exhibition of exceptional art and sculpture is not to be missed!

Juliet Best Bio
Juliet Best celebrates the beauty and moods of New Zealand’s coastlines and landscapes with strong horizon lines, highly textured impasto landscapes, and lots of luxuriously glowing hand applied gold-leaf. Juliet has painted landscapes, native birds, flora and fauna over many years.
Based on the majesty of our mountain ranges throughout New Zealand, the atmospheric skies and the ever-present water being an island nation, along with our many lakes and rivers. Recent journeys and holidays with my family always fill me with awe and respect for this country.

The atmospheric beauty and illuminating landscapes are 'memory jewels' of Aotearoa. The beautiful memories come out in a painting like this, an immense amount of reverence and respect for the land, the sea and the skies we get to call our own here in New Zealand - the taonga and the treasure of this land. The landform glowing with gold-leaf differently in whatever way you approach the artwork. The many layers in the water and sky allows a different reading of the painting with different times of the day casting changing light.

See more of Juliet's amazing paintings on ArtSelect Gallery's website.

Shona Lyon Bio
Shona Lyon specialises in figurative and portrait sculptures that presents a careful balance of mood, tension and grace.. Bronze is her primary medium, though she is also adept in various other media. Lyon’s sculptures are based on the principles of sacred geometry and classical sculptural techniques.

For Lyon, fine art was a calling later in life, following a successful career in business she had a yearning for change and to explore her creative side. Sculpture was her medium of choice which she embraced fully. She set out to find a mentor, to learn the craft of classical sculpture. This mentor came in the form of international sculptor, Martine Vaugel, (a Master Sculptor and two-time Rodin award winner) based in Loire Valley, France. She entered the private tutelage under Martine, this guiding foundational practice was key to developing her own style and processes.

Lyon now works as a full-time sculptor, producing a range of work from small collectible sculptures through to large scale public and private commissions. Lyon’s work traverses a range of subject matter- from sensuous human forms concerned with proportion and poise; to dramatic mythological subjects imbued with dualistic narratives of light and dark; to whimsical animal works that capture their unique character and disposition. Across all, Lyon masterfully manipulates her materials to achieve work that presents a careful balance of mood, tension and grace.

Outside her own work, Shona Lyon also founded ‘Sculpture Workshop’. This programme has the objective of passing on her love and knowledge of sculpture through workshops, courses, gallery exhibitions and by providing a huge range of sculpting products for both professional and amateurs alike.

See more of Shona's amazing sculptures on ArtSelect Gallery's website.

Contact me, Ngaire, on to secure your favourite painting or sculpture.

We look forward to seeing you and your guests at the opening reception or during the course of the exhibition.

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