STEP INTO THE WIND | NEALA GLASS
Auckland based artist Neala Glass creates compelling monochromatic figurative works.
Recent work Into the Wind is an uplifting piece that depicts a figure stepping forward, trailing a beautifully rendered wind-swept blanket. The title nods to the sailing expression that refers to a sail boat's ability to move forward despite being headed into the wind. This piece celebrates the courage to step bravely into life's challenges.
True of all Glass' figurative works, the figure pose is a means to communicate narrative, mood, emotion and tension. These figures are simultaneously realistic and metaphoric; both believable subjects in themselves and vehicles for symbolism and broader narratives. As the artist describes "I hope the viewer is drawn in by the realism of the piece and then is compelled to contemplate the more universal emotion or narrative communicated through the figure".
View Into the Wind by Neala Glass here
MEN LOOKING | GRAEME HITCHCOCK
Graeme Hitchcock has become well known for his Man Looking collection which depicts men with tipped heads and upward facing noses, often dressed in conventional suits.
Hitchcock developed the idea after seeing a group of men waiting at a bus stop in Auckland, who had their hands in their pockets, looking up as they waited to catch the bus to another day of work. The idea has been transformed into a joyful series of work with the characters taking a range of forms from standing figures, to figures in the wind.
Depicting the figure is continually alluring to the artist, for the ability the subject has to communicate a range of emotion. As the artist describes, "I hope that my art will make the observer smile, laugh or question.”- Graeme Hitchcock.
View available work by Graeme Hitchcock here
DEPICTING NEW ZEALAND'S SOUTH | JOHN TOOMER
John Toomer is a well-established artist who has been painting professionally for over 29 years. Toomer depicts scenes of Otago and surrounding Southern Regions.
Toomer's work is renowned for its high level of detail and meticulous rendering. "Under a Brooding Sky (Blue Lake - St. Bathans, Central Otago)" offers a dramatic interplay of starkness and serenity intensified by expressive handling of light and shadow. The former gold and coal mining town of Saint Bathans is a strange place - a remote and fiercely tight-knit community of less than 10 permanent residents. Known as Otago's Ghost Town, the mood of this eerily picturesque spot is masterfully captured by Toomer.
Toomer's work is included in many private and corporate collections in New Zealand and internationally.
View this and other work by John Toomer here