STYLE MODERNE | LAURYNE HART
Lauryne Hart is an Auckland based painter who produces strikingly colourful figurative works, which explore sociological perspectives and different ways of being in the world. Hart's use of vibrant palettes is important to her core theme of “Colour in Life”; colour becomes symbolic of the commonalities, differences and fascinating connections between people.
Hart's works have often referenced the art deco paintings of 1930's, she certainly knows how to capture the glamour and exuberance of the era within her compositions. Hart's recent piece "Ladies Day" takes such an approach. The geometric deco style of architecture provides a dynamic backdrop to the stylishly clad group of ladies who mingle before it, out to see and be seen.
Hart's work is in high demand and much of her year is taken up by private commissions. We look forward to presenting this sizable canvas in the gallery this month.
View 'Ladies Day' by Lauryne Hart here
TWELVE YEARS | DAMIAN KERR
Auckland based painter Damian Kerr creates contemporary landscape works that explore our local waterways. Kerr enjoys capturing the light that plays and dances on the surface of water, the results are luscious pieces that celebrate the beauty of the waterscapes that surround us.
Kerr is an environmentalist at his core, he sees his painting as a means to call into question the state of our environment as well as societal complacency. As the artist describes, "Seeing nature up close is the only reminder you need to protect it”.
Kerr has titled his recent series of work 'Twelve Years', this is a nod to the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change report which concluded that we have 12 years left to make significant changes. It has been stated that “the next few years are probably the most important in our history”. Kerr's work seeks to remind us of this important issue.
View works by Damian Kerr here
LOOK UP | RAY KELSEY
Auckland based artist Ray Kelsey produces landscape paintings that focus on the sublime qualities of the sky.
Kelsey employs a drawing based approach to painting, working in short diagonal strokes on a black canvas. He layers colour beside colour, building a dramatic, moving, textural 'heaven' anchored by a minimalist earthen base.
Kelsey's compositions are unique in the way he gives sky predominance, the landscape forms are belittled by the immensity of the airspace above which is portrayed as alive- full of energy and movement.
As the artist describes, "Some time ago I became fascinated with skies. We can’t get away from them and they dominate our lives –but do we really notice? Do we really see what colour, what textures the skies portray?"
View available work by Ray Kelsey here