Richard Ponder | Impasto Surfaces
Richard Ponder has had an expansive and varied career as an artist marked by many changes in style and influence. His most recent works, free experiments with light and colour, display the influences of some of history's great modernists. The strength of Van Gogh, the impressions of Monet, the colour of Perceval and the exhilaration of Pollock are hinted at in the fast, colourful brushstrokes of Ponder's large scale impasto works - a list of influencers so revered and yet Ponder's work still stands alone, masterful in its own right.
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Illuminations | Rachel Murphy
Small yet perfectly formed is an apt way to describe the work of Rachel Murphy. The Christchurch based artist uses porcelain slip casting mixed with meticulous gilding to produce stunning ceramic artworks.
The artist is inspired by observations made while walking in the bush or on rugged west coast beaches. She translates her ideas into layered silhouettes created through many stages of slip and stain painting. The finished piece is then painted with enamel and gilded in 24K Gold leaf.
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Beauty in the Detail | Julie Freeman
Julie Freeman is a photo realist with a specialisation in the medium of pastels. The artist is drawn to working with pure pigment pastel medium due to the way the colour particles catch and reflect light.
Freeman has the ability to capture a moment and draw the viewer in. Her work, particularly that which deals with the subject of the ocean, has an almost meditative effect on the viewer, encapsulating them entirely. These works must be viewed in person in order to appreciate their delicate beauty and impressive rendering.
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