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Heart and feel from emerging Coromandel artist

PRESS RELEASE: New Zealand Culture is alive and kicking, with heart and feel on display in the work of emerging Coromandel artist.

Great new work for the fourth exhibition in just 12 months from Hamish Williamson, multilayered in technique and humor, titled ‘The Pigs Back” references a dig in the ribs of the kiwi joker, he’s a good bloke, huntin’, fishin’ & smoking pot, a dig at the lunacy of recurring themes of misery within our culture when we live in this incredible land, laughing at his own good luck, laughing at you, laughing at me. This time Hamish teams up with Caroline Herdson, a contemporary from Elam, who has recently opened Desiree Gallery above her costume hire business to provide a space for emerging contemporary Artists.

These large paintings use layers to conceal and reveal visually, layered in meaning, talking all the time about the possibility for us to live a life full of richness in Aotearoa. Challenging our preconceptions of what we might consider as dark, and light, good and bad, the contrast of New Zealands’ dark volcanic energy, veiled by beautiful clear light and sparkling waters. Reintroducing the iconic ‘Ruru’ as keeper of the land, watching over us, reminding us of our own wisdom forgotten, in the dark showing us the light.

The previous show ‘Owls Do Cry’, April 06, Wellington, was an opportunity for Hamish to return home and finally clear the demons from surviving a fatal car accident in 1986, reported in the Dominion Post, “Moody Morepork swoops from shadows into art exhibition”.

“I have revisited painting after so long looking at sculpture because I am interested in the land, the way it feels, and in exploring ideas of space and surface in a thoroughly contemporary way. It satisfies me to make these marks to communicate those ideas that are beyond words”

The Pigs Back - this guy is living in paradise, he knows it, do you?


The Pigs Back – preview 5:30 - 8pm, Thursday 14 September,
Show runs for 4 weeks

Desiree Costume Hire & Gallery
196 Station Road,


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