Tuesday, 4 December 2012

El Alamein Painting begins

I have been to many NZ war graves around the world with my job. but never get used to it. 
This week Im working on concept watercolours for the El Alamein composition. I have a few sketches from the trip and loads of photos...here are a few pics from last months amazing journey to Egypt with 22 El Alamein veterans. I hope to have the oil/metal composition up and running before Christmas...Ill post the concept drawings as they progress
NZ soldiers, airmen and sailors perform a Haka at the War cemetary, El Alamein

NZ army nursing officers at the war cemetary, El Alamein.

NZ Army nurses share stories with some of the NZ veterans 
70 years ago

Me with some camels, El Alamein

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Connecting Threads II Exhibition

The old tractor at Okuru beach, oil and tin on canvas

Kai Moana, oil and tin on canvas

Nana at Ngaruawahia, oil on canvas
Queens of Castle Point, oil and tin on canvas

Grant, Tilly and me at the opening

Since coming home from Egypt a month and a half ago, I have had my head down working on finishing 9 paintings and 2 bronze sculptures for my latest exhibition at The Parnell Art Gallery, Parnell, Auckland. Some of these works were already underway and needing some serious TLC and some were not even started. Im glad I was able to get everything done just in time...My theme was a flow on from last years collection of 6 works. Beach scenes and lots of sheet metal and horses...I have tried to give them all a distinct Kiwi flavour without being too cheesy. Keeping them all textural, dirty and splattery... most of the portraits are friends and family, posed to create intrigue and convey my own message in the art. As opposed with the exception of 'Nana at Ngaruawahia' to straight portraiture. I was really happy to see them all in the gallery after driving them up from Wellington in my old van the day before. And happy to see them bouncing off clean white walls...a far cry from my cluttered, messy studio. Although the opening was a bit light on the ground as far as people, I was pleased to see a few red dots appear throughout the night...
Solid Harmony, bronze
Wrangler II, oil and tin on canvas and The Bull rider, bronze