Siene de Vries – Paintings from the Wildside & Elizabeth Moyle – Navigating Horizons

Siene de Vries Elizabeth Moyle

Showing 18th September 2018 - 6th October 2018

Exhibition Information

Siene de Vries – Paintings from the Wildside & Elizabeth Moyle – Navigating Horizons - Siene de Vries Elizabeth Moyle

 

When evening falls over Pegasus Bay – Siene de Vries

Siene de Vries –  “Paintings from the Wildside”

Living in close contact with nature, in one of the Eastern Bays of Banks Peninsula, now also known as “The Wildside”, I am constantly reminded of it’s realities, such as life and death, growth and decay. These have become recurring themes in my work.

I have from time to time used the life-cycle of animals in drawings and paintings.
Mating, birth, slaughter etc. have been explored.
However, I have not used them previously as subject matter for still life.

This winter I made a series of works for which I’ve used equine and bovine skulls, mostly in a “clair-obscur” lighting situation.
There is a commonality in these paintings with “vanitas” works, a theme so often used in 17th century Dutch painting.

Also on show is a group of large paintings showing the human figure in dramatic, sometimes theatrical poses.
They are concerned with the human condition.

 

Detail of Nightshade – Elizabeth Moyle

Elizabeth Moyle – Navigating Horizons  2018

These works are part of a body of work that examines the transient nature of life, exploring concepts around identity, particularly femininity, vulnerability and ownership. Elizabeth Moyle’s work aims to contextualise her geographical environment whilst examining Pasifika, Maori and Pakeha concepts of belonging. Her adept handling of a variety of media demonstrates not only the artist’s innate abilities but a true sensitivity towards her subject with gradations in line lending her charcoal forms an ephemeral quality and yet simultaneously, and seemingly impossibly, monumental presence.

Graduating with First Class Honours BFA from the University of Canterbury in 2011, Moyle dedicated part of her practice in studying historical printmaking in the Pacific. Moyle has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, and is currently undertaking her Masters study at Ara.

 

 

 

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Siene de Vries – Paintings from the Wildside & Elizabeth Moyle – Navigating Horizons - Siene de Vries Elizabeth Moyle

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