Arts & Crafts

November at Northart

November is another very busy and fun month at Northart. Currently on show are highly accomplished exhibitions of painting, drawing, collage and ceramic art. 

Painter Alistair Nisbet-Smith was born in 1942 has been an artist for well over 50 years, starting out when barely in his teens publishing cartoons in a local Invercargill newspaper.  Today he describes himself, somewhat tongue in cheek, as a “frustrated cartoonist”.  Certainly the paintings in his current exhibition at Northart suggest there is something of a truth in that. They are all of faces, complete or part only, front-on or in profile, singular or in groups, faces which are disfigured, distorted and tortured.  These are not portraits, rather they are paintings about the human condition with Nisbet-Smith’s lifelong fascination with Rembrandt and Francis Bacon, figuration and modernism, readily apparent.

Adrian Jackman’s works on paper span a four year period from 2008 – 2014. Four large composite works resemble large unfolded maps and bring together a diverse range of imagery. A tension between representation, structure and abstraction is created through the overlaying of patterns and colour, causing a visual flux.  Aaron King-Cole’s exhibition Metrick, features new works on paper; they are reminiscent of DNA structures or mathematical grid formations, yet in detail they counter this image of precision, revealing what appear to be simple wooden batons held together with nails. Lindsey Kirk has long been interested in the ways in which Frances Hodgkins composed her paintings; an influence which can be seen clearly in her series of small collaged works in “Pitchers”, which also brings together her love of early modernist design, art deco, ceramic traditions, still life and textured surfaces. 

Alongside these shows is ‘Claytime’, an exhibition of artists using clay.  This exhibition is a part of ‘Clay O’Clock’, an event for the Auckland Festival of Ceramics.  Northart will be the starting point for an Auckland wide bus tour of ceramic exhibitions featured in ‘Clay O’Clock’ on Saturday 8 November.  For bookings contact Gus Fisher gallery. 

Northart’s current exhibitions are outstanding and well worth a quiet contemplative hour or so. They close Wednesday 12 November so call by before then.

Later in November, we open the graduate exhibition from Hungry Creek Art and Craft School.  It promises to be a diverse exhibition across all mediums and with a particular focus on painting, sculpture and jewellery. In the gallery from Monday 17 – Friday 28 November. Finally the not-to-be missed ‘Pre-Christmas $100 or Less’ exhibition, which kicks off lead up to Christmas and opens 6pm on Friday 21st November.  Unashamedly geared to the Christmas market, it is a cash and carry show and includes high quality works of art and craft all of which retail for $100 or less.  It is always a lot of fun and promises something considered for the art lover in your family.  




By Channel Editorial

Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014

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