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Colour and the City: New paintings by Wellington artists

Colour and the City: New paintings by Wellington artists

WHAT: “Metropolis” Art Exhibition at Matchbox Studios
WHEN: 3-15 September 2013
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 3 September, 5.30 - 8 pm
Gallery Opening Times: 10.30 am – 6 pm Mon-Thu, 10.30 am - 8 pm, Fri, 10.30 am - 6 pm Sat, 11 am - 5 pm Sun

WHERE: Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

WHO: Brendan Grant captures the mood of the streets day and night
Dave Boyle rumbles in the jungle
Maiken Calkoen takes a fresh look at that place called home
Michael Edge-Perkins has it all happening
Melissa Mc Dougall is intimately in-your-face
Astrid Nielsch dreams of unicorns lost among skyscrapers
Christie Wright unleashes the colour

WHY: Vibrant new art by up-and-coming Wellington artists!

A group exhibition by seven up and coming Wellington artists, sharing their unique perspectives on the City, among other facets of modern life.

This exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of expressive representational artists exploring unique approaches to painting and one photographer, with different styles, philosophies and subject matter.

The fresh, vibrantly colorful artwork betrays influences of the great European artists of the turn of the last century, along with American pop art, comic strips, and computer-generated images.

The themes, however, are distinctly New Zealand: from Wellington street scenes to portraiture, to mythical-surreal, and more conceptual imagery.

Most of the artwork in this show stays with the traditional format of oil or acrylic on canvas, but there is no backward looking stuffiness about these artist's work!

Artwork will be for sale during the show.



Brendan Grant creates exuberant Wellington Scenes that capture the uniqueness of the many different places with a personal style.

David Boyle's art is contrived from his juvenile personae . He never grows up and paints escapist pictures of women on motor bikes in jungles and other silly stuff to help him forget reality under Key and rugbyheadism. Book Bolting simple censorship and the sculptures are contrived from a Maoist/Freudian leaning he crept into at age nine.

Maiken Calkoen's paintings are inspired by Wellington and incorporate vibrant colour, panoramic views, strong perspective, and observation of light as distinctive to the season or time of day.

Michael Edge-Perkins is a Wellington-based, Christchurch-born photographer working in still life and colour abstracts.

Melissa Mc Dougall paints atmospheric cityscapes and romantic female portraits.

Astrid Nielsch paints images inspired by the natural world, literature, myth and science. She used to be a full time musician, but now works as a digital illustrator. She holds a certificate with distinction in Science Fiction and Fantasy Art from London Art College, and blogs for international geekery online magazine Amazing Stories, as well as on her own website

Christie Wright creates an eclectic mix of classic works; some mixed media, pop art and new experiments with sketching and watercolour.


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