Terry Prince is an artist based in Oratia, West Auckland. Terry works predominately in oils on canvas creating landscape pieces that talk to the unique environment of the west coast. His subject matter stems from growing up and living in these very landscapes. As a young child Terry explored Huia and as he became old enough to roam, the big surf beaches of the west coast drew him in. He finds the grand scale, shapes and endless colour shifts of these places fascinating and derives great joy in trying to capture them and the atmosphere they evoke in his paintings.
To create his paintings, Prince builds up subtle layers of oil paint using dry brush techniques and stippling to create the impression of fog, mist and water spray. His compositions are quiet and considered and invite the viewer to inhabit them. Small human elements are situated in his environments, belittled by the landscapes around them they come to reference the sheer awe inspiring scale and beauty of nature. An ongoing interest in photography and the ways in which we construct images of landscapes has resulted in the use of a stark white border around his pieces, a signature to Prince’s paintings.
Terry’s work can be found in private collections and galleries in New Zealand, New Caledonia, France, the UK and Canada. His studio is a popular destination for collectors of the west coast circuit.
Black Door Gallery is proud to exhibit selected works from his recent collection entitled “Spiritual Terrains”:
"The paintings in this collection are of the place I call home. As a traveller returning my heart sings when I see the familiar landforms, patterns and colours. It is my spiritual terrain. I am not alone. The places painted here are also deeply spiritual for the Kawerau a Maki people who endured upheaval for hundreds of years. Through these paintings I have strived to convey my feelings using colour and form. It is a privilege for me to be able to share my view of spiritual terrain."- Terry Prince
Inspired by the big surf beaches of the west coast, he finds the grand scale, shapes and endless colour shifts of these places fascinating and derives great joy in trying to capture them and the atmosphere they evoke.