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Anah Dunsheath breaking new ground

Anah Dunsheath breaking new ground

Thursday, 14 April 2005, 12:53 pm

Magical 3-D artist Anah Dunsheath breaking new ground in major exhibition

Popular Auckland artist Anah Dunsheath’s passion for a three dimensional painting format can be viewed at a special exhibition in Wellington next month.

Her works can be seen at the Ferner Galleries in Wellington exhibition from May 31 to June 11.

Dunsheath’s painting was seen on the cover of the 2004 Auckland telephone book after she won the Yellow Pages Arts Scholarship.

Her painting on flat board – via the phone book cover - was seen in 750,000 homes around Auckland. The acrylic painting titled Sun in the City, showed Auckland's diversity, blending Polynesian influences with an old villa and jandals.

Ms Dunsheath has studied at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts while also running her High Street store, Rare Books.

“I even without the paint brush in my hand I think about painting all the time as a way of expressing my ideas about us the consumer”

Her works are fascinatingly different in as much as the format of the images appear to move as the viewer moves. This has the advantage of physically engaging the viewer and demanding their attention.

Dunsheath believes that once someone’s attention is captured, the meaning of the works are more likely to be thought about.

She has had two solo exhibitions, and been part of four other Ferner Galleries exhibitions in Auckland. She is also well known as an antiquarian book dealer and runs New Zealand’s longest established and leading rare bookshop

Dunsheath is understood to be the only New Zealand dealer and valuer that specialises exclusively in early and valuable books, maps and photographic views.

``It was an aquatint plate in one of my rare books (Pyne's Royal Residences, published in 1819), which inspired the perspective format I have developed in my three dimensional work today,’’ she says.

The works appear to "grow" out of the wall. They are executed in bold clear colours and clarity of image, and have definite elements of the surreal, as well as being witty and humorous.

The works are precise and in many cases architectural. There are fantastical images containing elements of the familiar, with placements of Wellington architecture, but the underlying message goes much deeper.


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