JS Parker, Michael Smither,
Grahame Sydney, Mary McFarlane, Kathryn Madill, Wayne Seyb,
Graham Bennett & Andy Clover
Winter exhibition of new works and favourites from the gallery stockroom.
On exhibition 12 June to 20 July 2013
Winter Light features the magnificent Plain Song - Long Travelling Blue by J.S. Parker. This is one of the finest major works we have seen by this nationally-recognised, Marlborough-based painter. So vast you almost lose yourself in its deep blue passage, seaming through fields of ice-white light, with his signature fine line capturing a sense of the travelling road song or the slightly uneven journey through life.
Balanced against this is a glorious smaller autumnal painting Plain Song - The Canterbury Plain and the subtly beautiful Plain Song - The Beaten Silver Sky. The past two years have seen a surge of attention from collectors for Parker's works, and these paintings certainly show his strengths with colour and expression of light.
The light of winter is also at the heart of Michael Smither’s Snowstorm, Hawkduns, stunningly reframed by Paul Craig which gives the work an even more powerful presence. An insight into this work is in the latest Life & Leisure Magazine (last page). It is a study of light, of sensuality, and of landscape, all in one painting. This is one of very few major paintings by Smither currently available from the artist.
Winter Light also includes an awe-inspiring new mirror work Study by Mary McFarlane, following on from her very successful recent exhibition - outside of the Moon Knows series, this is an expression of primeval forces, light rising into the darkness, in silver leaf, precious metals, and oil paint worked into a mirror with the mysterious skill of the alchemist.
Other highlights are works by Grahame Sydney, Kathryn Madill, Graham Bennett, Wayne Seyb, (some new, some of my personal favourites from the stockroom) and award-winning emerging artist Andy Clover who specialises in light box artworks with a sharp wit and assured execution.
Exhibition generously supported by Forrest Wines, open daily SH6, Renwick.
Winter hours open Saturday only 15 June to 12 July 2013, 11am-4pm
Resuming usual hours Weds-Sat 12-5pm from 12 July 2013
For more information about the works in the exhibition, or other prints available by leading New Zealand artists, please contact
Barbara Speedy on firstname.lastname@example.org