Terrace Downs celebrates the works from two award winning artists, Lauryne Hart and Frances Watling. This exhibition will be the first South Island showing of a collection from both artists.
“Time and Painted Space” is set to be a unique and modern exhibition experience where you are able to dine with the artist enjoying the wonderful menu that Terrace Downs provides, all the while listening to the wonderful and soulful voice of our local and upcoming jazz sensation, Kristy Trousselot.
The public is warmly welcome to attend the exhibition opening in the Avoca Fine Dining Room, Terrace Downs Resort Thursday 3rd February at 6.30pm. To make a reservation for dinner please contact Terrace Downs.
All the artworks illustrate a common underlying theme, ‘empowering humanity to do the right thing’. Whilst Lauryne and Frances are both very different artists, they both reflect their deep passion to connect with people in their vibrant works.
Auckland artist, Lauryne Hart, exhibits in 6 major North Island galleries and is a multi award winning artist including winning the first prize in OSFA, 2010. Lauryne often finds that her South African heritage heavily influences her works and since she has been living in New Zealand, she has focused on the commonalities of our diverse culture rather than the differences. “The subject of my paintings are not the landscapes of a particular time or place, but rather the people of all times and places, where works are examples of the near infinite palate of human experience. New Zealand gives me continued inspiration to show the oneness we experience despite our differences. I felt in coming to New Zealand I was not expected to abandon my cultural heritage, but instead was allowed to bring it with me – to add something to society rather than to take it away,” Says Lauryne.
Uk born Frances Watling, is an established artist residing in Gisborne, and has found that water has always been a large part and important element her painting and recreation. She always lived close to the water on the Isle of Wight in her younger years, later moving to the mountains of North Wales with it's spectacular scenery and landscapes. It was in these beautiful places that Frances developed a passion for both rock climbing and surfing and deepened her love of nature. She found herself inspired to travel to interesting places all over the world and this has heavily influenced her work. On one such journey she arrived in Gisborne which had amazing waves and a wonderful quality of light about the place.
Inspired by the surf photographer David Pu'u, Frances began to paint images relating to waves and water. The focus of her work extended to include beaches and the landscape that surrounds the waves. More recently she has begun to experiment with work that considers the human impact on this environment.
“My hope is that my work will capture some of the beauty of the ocean and therefore motivate people to think and take action so that this essential part of our environment is preserved.”
Curator of the exhibition, Rachael Inch, (Director of Arts) said: “This is an exceptional exhibition – it really celebrates the diversity of human character and the vitality and expression of the world around us. While each work in itself is complete and individual, it is only by viewing the exhibition as a whole that both artist’s vision of the human character and union of nature is really revealed.”
For further details please contact:
Rachael Inch - Arts Director