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Ben McAlpine’s “HOME”


26 March 2007

It was a successful entrance for Ben McAlpine’s “HOME” Art Exhibition to the city of Wellington, with over 60 invited guests visiting the Ashton Grove showroom on Wakefield Street during the evening of 22nd March. A few works sold within the first hours after the display was complete, there are over one dozen works from this new featured artist that will exhibit at Ashton Grove Wellington through 29 April. Ben has gained popularity throughout the Marlborough Sounds and South Island, but Wellington is the city where it all started…A quote from Ben’s blog, ‘I was wandering around the National Museum in Wellington when I was about 12, looking at hundreds of paintings. After an hour or so my brain was totally full and turning foggy. Then, out of the blue, a huge painting jumped out of the masses to totally clear and reinvigorate my mind. It was a Don Binney painting, of a fantail I think. [It was] deceptively simple, but impossible not to be affected by it. I guess that experience stuck with me through to the age of 25, when I began seriously painting.’


Ashton Grove will replace sold works with new ones from Ben as the weeks progress. They would like to invite art enthusiasts and collectors to stop by and view the exhibit. Showroom hours are: Monday – Friday 9:30 to 5:30 + Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 5:00 (Closed on public holidays)


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