Rebekah Codlin is a self-taught artist based in Picton, Marlborough. Codlin works in oil and acrylic on canvas, graphite and watercolour to produce contemporary realist portraiture.
Codlin's artistic career began younger than most, at age 16 Codlin already displayed advanced artistic talent and was driven to become a fine artist. Through experimentation and exploration she began building a portfolio, and by 17 she was committed to the idea of becoming a full time artist. She soon began exhibiting her work locally and had immediate success, this led to her first solo show at age 17 which attracted a wide audience and collector interest.
Codlin has been exhibiting figurative paintings steadily and is quickly making a name for herself in the NZ art scene. Her works are held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA, Germany, Canada, New Caledonia, Fiji and Dubai. She has been awarded residency opportunities for her painting, including a 4 year residency with Brancott Estate in Blenheim.
Codlin's unique style of portraiture can be identified by an effort to capture the spirit of her subject with sensitivity and finesse. Light play is a feature of her work which she uses carefully to enhance mood and emotion. Codlin is interested in the connection the painting evokes between the two subjects, the painted and the viewer. She aims for this connection to go well beyond canvas, developing more life and complexity in the viewers eye with every viewing, improving with age. Codlin depicts a variety of different peoples as subjects, however consistent in her approach is the realisation of common ground between subject and viewer.
Having achieved an excellent track record of exhibition at such a young age, Codlin is certainly an emerging talent to follow.
“I am compelled to paint people, as I believe no other subject is more complex, emotive and thought provoking than the human being. I strive to capture the life within the people I paint, celebrating the diverse beauty and uniqueness within human nature. The many emotions and expressions in people are what inspire me to paint." - Rebekah Codlin