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‘Story of a Painting’ Exhibition

‘Story of a Painting’ Exhibition

Featuring Julian Knap
One Artist... Three Years... One Painting...

Artist Julian Knap brings his painting ‘London’ to Auckland for the first time, as part of the exhibition 'Story of a Painting', from Tuesday 19 August at 6pm, before leaving New Zealand to exhibit the work in London in 2015.

Having taken two years to paint his first work, ‘Wellington’, Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art sponsored Julian a trip to London where the artist spent over six weeks collating material for the painting, followed by three months designing and redesigning the layout.

Due to Julian’s intricate painting methods which require great detail the rendering takes years; Knap took three years to finish ‘London’ and the final result captures the viewer and commands extended study.

“I am mostly a self-taught artist and found that by practicing on my own, without guidance, I steadily improved,” says Julian. “I naturally developed methods that suited me and led to the emergence of my own style.

I think I am a surreal realist. I paint scenes with realistic figures and objects, but never arranged how you’d find them in the real world and often from multiple viewpoints. Mostly I enjoy trying to create another world in a painting, or a way of seeing a whole area or idea without restrictions or viewpoints.

I work in oil on canvas. The mediums slow drying times suit my methods and the high level of detail and finish I am looking for.”

The Wellington born artist is now one year into an estimated four years work to complete his next piece, ‘New York’.

“Julian’s painting is spellbinding,” says Ron Epskamp, Director of Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art. “I am in awe of his uncompromising dedication to his own technique - a technique that demands his commitment for multiple years for any one piece of work.”

As well as showcasing Julian’s ‘London’ painting, this exhibition will present an eclectic mix of the Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art’s current top artists, endeavouring to present more of an insight into the artist or artistic process rather than just the end result.

‘Story of a Painting’ opens Tuesday 19 August, 6pm-8pm
Concludes 20 September
Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket 1023, Auckland
Hours 10.30am – 4.30pm

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