Main Art Artists
Art has been a passion of mine throughout my entire life. I work mainly in oils with landscapes and portraits being my preferred subjects. I have my own studio at home and am now also doing clay sculpture work. I have exhibited a number of pieces and have sold works locally and overseas.
Landforms and markings mainly come from my imagination and my own experiences of traveling through New Zealand. I enjoy playing with layers, building up, paring back, scraping and excavating parts to reveal colours underneath then repainting over using a variety of tools to create movement, mood and effect.
My style is illustrative as a result of my further education and I always try to create a realistic quality in each piece. I love the idea of capturing different eras and creating my own story or scene – they can be cheeky, quirky, calming or decadent - but they always show style and elegance.
Early works were predominately bird life, but Clinton has recently created a series of works featuring farm animals which has stemmed from his rural background and love of all animals.
Clinton’s current works are Acrylic on canvas and his style might be described as bold realism but is constantly evolving.
I generally enjoy a fluid, painterly style which includes gestural brushwork and results in a more abstracted final work. My pieces are an intuitive response to what I see and feel around me. Nature has been a consistent theme in my work, particularly the sea. The ever-changing natural canvas is a constant source of inspiration.
Tracey has a love of encaustics which is a very ancient way of painting using molten beeswax mixed with damar resin and pigments to create colour. It involves painting layers onto a hard substrate which are then fused to previous layers with heat. Some layers can be very translucent which gives the work depth and an ethereal feel.
Jody Hope Gibbons
Jody Hope Gibbons is clear that her practice is materials based where the research occurs through the actual exploration of the materials; it pushes the boundaries of traditional painting practice and techniques by continuing to exploit the use of paint, stains, rust, inks, leaf and varnish.
Anna paints old wooden nautical oars using paint and decoupage. This has evolved from her love for sailing, nature and practical art. She enjoys the use of design, colour, interesting textures and space on old wooden oars incorporating a nautical and unique look. The oars can be hung both indoors and outdoors.
I am specifically interested in what happens when spaces are divided by objects or line in both sculpture and painting. There is a continual balancing act between embracing the intuitive nature of things and making aesthetic choices through considered moves: interchanges that can create intensity and subtlety.
My work presents you with a sense of freedom, I layer my paint with loose brushstrokes and bold harmonious colour, depicting the beauty of our world. For you it is more than just a picture on a wall - it will remind you of somewhere you’ve been or something you have felt and will bring you much joy for years to come.
With a background in fashion, makeup artistry and design, Sarah uses these themes to inspire her contemporary art work. An intuitive artist who combines a passion for colour and texture to create her unique art work. Using lace, spray paint and Indian ink to follow along exciting fashion trends.
As a painter I am continually filtering visual cues, battling with looking past the distraction of the obvious, re-interpreting life’s fleeting moments and turning them into something ambiguous, discombobulated and colourful. The distillation of experiences and sensations is at the heart of my practice.
“The textures and colours of rust, lichen and paint and rope on neglected and disused buildings and fence posts are the inspiration for my paintings. The transforming into art as nature takes over and repossesses man made objects. I use all manner of materials and tools in order to make the artwork feel alive and breathing!”
Sean was born in Wellington in 1977 to parents from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He moved to Auckland when he was six and spent his school years growing up on the North Shore.
Sean graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2001 and has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally since then.
Rachel's work if often experimental as her style is always evolving around her latest inspirations. This year she is showcasing a range of new smaller framed works with an adventure into watercolours complementing her normal medium of acrylics. Her work is organic in its feel, colour tones and subject manner.
John’s lifelong involvement with the creative arts has embraced the dynamics of change and renewal. Working across a diverse range of media with sculpture, found objects, painting, print, photography sound and light, his work has evolved into an articulation of space, shape and
language within a conceptual framework.
Working mostly with acrylics and inks, Birgitt’s style is constantly changing although there are two things that rarely change; her love of bright, bold colours and a recurring theme of circles. She was chosen to paint a cow for the Morrinsville Herd of Cows Street Art Project which is standing outside the Morrinsville Museum.
Judy, an Auckland based photographer, with awards in many genres of photography, loves first and foremost to just play with her camera. One of her favourite techniques is Intentional Camera Movement as she takes the images - this creates a softness and an ability to often simplify the essence of a scene.
Vicky's medium is Pyrography-the process of very slowly burning wood with a hot metal wire. Her emotional journey is reflected in her art pieces in which she uses realism or surrealism. Animals are a common feature due to my years of working with them and observing emotions that are very similar to ours.
Samantha celebrates the vibrant colours and textures of the native animals of New Zealand in her ongoing series ‘A Song of Land and Sea’. Inspired by the time she spends adventuring outdoors; she brings her explorations to life in her rich digital paintings that draws viewers into the beauty that New Zealand offers.
My years as a creative director and photographer taught me well. It embedded an understanding of composition and more importantly, depth of field. I think my love of New Zealand landscape painting evolved from the challenges of re-creating interesting light with depth of field on the canvas.
The artist’s inspiration comes from powerful beauty of nature and endless possibilities of creative process itself. Irina’s art is known for its distinctive style, vibrant colours and clarity of vision. Her favourite colours are red, orange, yellow- hues of sunshine and fire, warm, passionate and expressive.
Marilyn’s works cover domestic ware and lately the use of stencils has played a major part with her decorating method. For this body of work, Marilyn creates handmade tiles from porcelain clay, stencils on a silhouette, then with the use of an aged technique (sgraffito) and reductive shading.
Julie enjoys working with a variety of tools, mediums and techniques, especially acrylic and mixed media, producing works that are a combination of real life, images she captures, and her imagination. She experiments, learning new techniques and producing paintings that are varied and surprising.