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Visually Impaired Cartoonist Exports Show To Hamilton!!

Opening sunday 24th march, 2pm onwards (til april 5th): "(love) on the rocks"...

A mixed media exhibition of cartoons, paint & poetry, By visually impaired wellington cartoonist: Brent harpur

Although brent has been successfully exhibiting for over twelve years now, This is his first art show outside of wellington. Last year brent took Part in a group show in the city gallery in wellington, and his live Cartooning/art performances are a regular at te papa, (the museum of new Zealand) and various high profile events throughout the country.

Where can i see the show?

Artspost, 120 victoria street, hamilton. For more info, please read attached word docs. Brent will be in hamilton For most of next week, teaching local kids about art and cartooning... During his opening tomorrow, he will be doing lots of live cartooning and Giving away free caricatures and chocolate fish... (from 2pm til late - All welcome!!)

For more information about brent...

To contact brent about exhibition... (021) 29 28 959 Or email: Or, from monday morning: Alison gray, co-ordinator, artspost, (07) 839 2315 or email:

“(love) on the rocks…” An Exhibition Celebrating Love, Loss & the Sea By Wellington Cartoonist, Artist and Poet: BRENT HARPUR

“…when the mind is at sea, a new word provides a raft…” [Goethe.]


At the age of five, I started drawing cartoons. At sixteen, I began experimenting with writing poetry. At twenty-three, I travelled to Melbourne, Australia to see for the first time an exhibition of works by Vincent van Gogh.

I have been exhibiting since the late eighties. In the early 90’s, the mediums of paint, cartoon and poem all began to collide in my works. And after experiencing first hand (in 1993) the wild, vivid impressionism of Vincent, my paintings began to take on a “more free, impressionist style”. Lacking somewhat in eyesight, I started painting & exploring the “feeling” of the sea, leaving out needless details.

In the mid 90’s, it was also brought to my attention that my Great (great great) Grandfather was a man by the name of Charles Harpur. Born in Cork, Ireland in 1813, Charles was sent to Australia, where he made a successful career as a poet. He was very popular with the Australian Bushmen and wrote many ballads and poems in their honor, before dying in 1868.

A long time before I had even heard of Charles, I began to write poetry. My first successful exhibition (in 1992) included many of my poems, both in the paintings, and on the walls beside them. I have spent the last ten years self-publishing books of poetry and cartoons, and performing my poetry in public (everywhere from schools to pubs to retirement homes). I have also turned some of my poetry (and storytelling) into four commercially (and critically) successful stage shows, for the Wellington Fringe Festival. The most recent of these being February of this year, in a show entitled “Like Dr. Suess on Steroids!!”

The content of this show consists of a collection of seascapes and poems, directed at; “my one true love, the sea…” Also, the death of a close friend (in ’99), and the results of many late nights of strong coffee, loud music & pesto on Vogels toast?? And finally, add to this the inspiration of Vincent van Gogh (paint), Spike Milligan (words) & Dr Suess / Michael Lunig (cartoons)… I hope you enjoy the results as much as I enjoyed painting and writing them… (With all that splashing of paint, my walls and floor may never look the same again!!)

Brent Harpur (March 2002)

“This day I have lost my office and am again a free man… With the wide world as my oyster ~ which I’ll open if I can.” [Charles Harpur, 1813 – 1868.]

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