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Inaugural exhibition of the Finalism Art Movement

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Art history in the making : Wellington's own international art movement, 'FINALISM', debuts at Thistle Hall Friday 13 October.

Take one Italian-trained painter, one bone-carver and a desire to make art that transcends fashion. Viola - an art movement is born.

Finalism - sculpture and painting in the one work - is the brainchild of expat Australian painter Augustus Firestone and New Zealand's Aaron Frater, an expert carver.

The two have drawn artists from as far as Lebanon and Egypt to join their movement, which they describe as an attempt to create art to appeal to the everyday person as much as art collectors.

Works influenced by Finalism will show at Thistle Hall from Friday 13 October at 5:30pm until October 18.

"Finalism art is based on subjects that anyone can relate to," says Firestone. "Its tactile nature also appeals to people who are visually impaired. As an art movement, the history and philosophy of Finalism is easy

to understand and relate to."

Firestone, originally from Sydney, trained at the National Art School in his hometown and spent a year painting in Florence. He has been exhibiting since 1994.

Works from the Finalism art movement can be seen at

"Inaugural exhibition of the Finalism Art Movement"
Date: 13th -18th October
Location: Thistle Hall 293 Cuba Street
Opening: 13th October, 5:30pm


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