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Barbara Ruhdorfer Solo Exhibition

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  • Free Admission


  • Tue 12 Mar 2024, 10:30am–4:00pm
  • Wed 13 Mar 2024, 10:30am–4:00pm
  • Thu 14 Mar 2024, 10:30am–4:00pm
  • Fri 15 Mar 2024, 10:30am–4:00pm
  • Sat 16 Mar 2024, 10:30am–3:00pm

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We are excited to invite Barbara Ruhdorfer to present a solo exhibition following her introduction in the "Contours of Nature" Group Landscape Exhibition. This solo exhibition is called "Looking Forward, Looking Back" and provides a wonderful juxtaposition of various subjects, style and texture in her paintings that needs to be explored in person with details that will surprise you once again.

Date: Friday 23 February 2024
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: ArtSelect Gallery, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket
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Barbarah Ruhdorfer
When I first came to New Zealand from Germany, to work as a full time artist, I was greatly impressed and inspired by the rugged but beautiful landscape. Shaped by seismic and volcanic activity, and the eroding forces of wind and water, I loved to represent the landscape I saw.

Increasingly I have become interested in the effect of erosion on stretches of rock, tree trunks, and mud flats. The patterned reliefs, structures and monochrome colours I found, though essentially natural, have steered me towards an exploration of abstract compositions.

While a lot of my art still is reminiscent of the natural phenomena described, I have now entered a phase where I want to find abstracted ways of expressing more of my own inner landscape.
If abstraction means a ‘taking away’ of something, in this case the realistic depiction of landscape, whether seen from a distance or with close up detail, something else needs to be added.

What I am exploring now are pictorial ways to let the mind rest. To blot out all the outer distractions of our busy lives, if only for a while. We can turn to nature to find stillness of mind, and relaxation. Or we can look at a piece of artwork that embodies balance in form and colour, and let it unfold its subconscious effects.

Barbara Ruhdorfer's artist page:

Contact me, Ngaire, on to register your interest early to purchase any of these works of art before the opening.

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

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