Light / Beech at Ohau

Richard Adams, Sue Cooke

Showing 6th August 2017 - 26th August 2017

Exhibition Information:

Light / Beech at Ohau

 

Richard Adams

When I think about my painting I think about being moved by beauty and light, it’s not so much in the eye but in your minds eye that perfection can be found. We all respond to light and beauty throughout our lives and the response is the same for viewer as it is the artist.

A clear blue sky in the middle of the day will almost certainly illustrate a very different kind of emotion than say the light of a soft dark evening sky fading slowly into night. Our emotional life in my view is much stronger than our intellectual life. These new works on paper and canvas are my direct translation of this feeling of light and beauty, I’ve seen and experienced on my travels around New Zealand over many years. The light in the Pacific is much stronger than that of the Northern Hemisphere where I spent much of 2015-16 as the resident artist at Winchester College in Hampshire UK. The colours are deeper here in NZ and resolve on the horizon line or Keyline, as I prefer to call it much quicker than in the UK. The surfaces below these colours, in this new work I have pushed as far as I can almost to the point where they have become tactile texture scrubbed on rather than brushed and then scrapped back to expose the original under painting of the final image. It is here that the viewer can have a real sense and feeling of the subtle interplay of strong colours, natural light and the distant and ever significant horizon line where the sea meets the sky.

Richard Adams 2017

 

          

Sue Cooke

The Beech at Lake Ohau series arose from my desire to highlight the effects of deforestation on the South Island and to draw attention to our responsibility to carefully protect the forest we have left.

My trip to Lake Ohau and Hokitika was funded by a Pollock Krasner Foundation award ( for which I am very grateful ) and this allowed me to fully investigate what is now an area with minimal afforestation but where there used to be heavy beech forests. Our current assumptions about what is a natural environment are falsely based on what we see now.

I had read about Nathaniel Chalmer’s journey into Central Otago in 1853 via the Nevis Valley where he described an area which had suffered greatly by fire … “ the plains were treeless, though the charred tree trunks showed it had once been well timbered.”

My work emphasizes the visual impact of deforestation by depicting the sparse tree cover with images of the remaining beech trees interspersed with dead leaves to indicate the gradual demise of the natural landscape in the hope that with focussed attention on this issue we might reverse the current deforestation trend and thus allow us all to have a more beautiful and ecologically balanced environment in which to live.

I am grateful to those people who assisted my research and shared their knowledge with me , in particular, Di Lucas, Neill Simpson and Maria Martin Smith.

2017
Exhibition Program

  • 6th Aug 2017 - 26th Aug 2017

    Light / Beech at Ohau / Richard Adams, Sue Cooke

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  • 18th Jul 2017 - 5th Aug 2017

    PACIFIC RAINFOREST / FATU FEU'U

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  • 27th Jun 2017 - 15th Jul 2017

    Paradox / Hamish Southcott, Rebecca Harris

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  • 30th May 2017 - 17th Jun 2017

    Signs Of Life / Philip Trusttum

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  • 9th May 2017 - 27th May 2017

    Surface Deep – Katie Thomas / Katie Thomas

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  • 18th Apr 2017 - 6th May 2017

    Curiously Prosaic / Kara Burrowes , Liam Dangerfield

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  • 14th Mar 2017 - 25th Mar 2017

    Partial / Padraic Ryan, Karen Greenslade, Viv Kepes, Aimee Shaw, Olivia Smith, Samantha Walker

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  • 14th Feb 2017 - 4th Mar 2017

    Double Time / Ewan McDougall

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  • 24th Jan 2017 - 11th Feb 2017

    [ sic ] / Sam Clague and Gareth Brighton

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2016
Exhibition Program

  • 13th Dec 2016 - 24th Dec 2016

    Chambers Christmas Show / Rebecca Harris,Tim Middleton,Tyne Gordon, Olivia Chamberlain, Adrienne Millwood, Eion Stevens, Kara Burrowes, Simon Edwards, Jason Greig, Edwards+Johan,Ross Gray, Rachel Dewhirst

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  • 22nd Nov 2016 - 10th Dec 2016

    Grounded / Richard Adams, Jane Barry, Bronwyn Taylor

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  • 25th Oct 2016 - 12th Nov 2016

    The Goat Keepers Guide To God’s Infinite Spectrum / Jason Greig

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  • 4th Oct 2016 - 22nd Oct 2016

    The horror! The horror! / Tjalling de Vries & Scott Jackson

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  • 23rd Aug 2016 - 10th Sep 2016

    Battersea / A Group Exhibition

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  • 2nd Aug 2016 - 20th Aug 2016

    Sections, Blocks, Towers & Messages / Tony de Lautour

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  • 21st Jun 2016 - 9th Jul 2016

    Take Me Back / Rachael Dewhirst

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  • 21st Jun 2016 - 9th Jul 2016

    Lie of The Land / Simon Edwards

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  • 31st May 2016 - 18th Jun 2016

    Between The Lines / Patrick Barry

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  • 10th May 2016 - 28th May 2016

    An ABCERD Egress / Audrey Baldwin & Iain Cheesman

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  • 19th Apr 2016 - 7th May 2016

    Dance with my Father again / Dorothy Helyer

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  • 19th Apr 2016 - 7th May 2016

    Pink Sugar Bush / Rebecca Harris

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  • 22nd Mar 2016 - 27th Mar 2016

    The Madding Crowd / Stephanie McEwin

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  • 8th Mar 2016 - 19th Mar 2016

    I’m Your Fan / Julia Holden

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  • 16th Feb 2016 - 5th Mar 2016

    Nice Background / Mark Bolland

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  • 2nd Feb 2016 - 13th Feb 2016

    From The Studio / A Group Exhibition

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2015
Exhibition Program

  • 8th Dec 2015 - 24th Dec 2015

    Never Felt Better / A group exhibition

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  • 24th Nov 2015 - 5th Dec 2015

    I’ve been in search of you / Clare Callaghan

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  • 3rd Nov 2015 - 21st Nov 2015

    Show Me Something Quieter / Robin Neate

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  • 13th Oct 2015 - 31st Oct 2015

    Undercurrent / Bing Dawe & Denise Copland

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  • 1st Sep 2015 - 19th Sep 2015

    The Doctor and the Wasp / Jason Greig & Doc Ross

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  • 28th Jul 2015 - 8th Aug 2015

    Recent Paintings / Eion Stevens

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  • 28th Jul 2015 - 8th Aug 2015

    I might look confused, but i am / Tjalling de Vries

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  • 14th Jul 2015 - 18th Jul 2015

    FIGG-ER-AY-SHUN / A group exhibition

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  • 16th Jun 2015 - 11th Jul 2015

    Paper Plus / A group exhibition

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  • 27th May 2015 - 13th Jun 2015

    Leave-taking Like Air / Amber Wilson

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  • 27th May 2015 - 13th Jun 2015

    a line has two lines / Natalia Saegusa

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  • 5th May 2015 - 23rd May 2015

    Considering Daylight / Katie Thomas

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  • 21st Apr 2015 - 2nd May 2015

    Single Space / Thomas Hancock & Rachel Ratten

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  • 1st Apr 2015 - 18th Apr 2015

    Domestic Abstraction / Holly Best & Tony de Lautour

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  • 10th Mar 2015 - 28th Mar 2015

    Aveyron à la mer / Rachael Dewhirst

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  • 25th Feb 2015 - 7th Mar 2015

    The Artist’s Studio / A Group Exhibition

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  • 10th Feb 2015 - 21st Feb 2015

    Expanding Fields / Sophie Scott

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2014
Exhibition Program

  • 9th Dec 2014 - 24th Dec 2014

    Local Colour / A Group Exhibition

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  • 18th Nov 2014 - 6th Dec 2014

    Converging Lines / Roy Good & Charlotte Watson

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  • 28th Oct 2014 - 8th Nov 2014

    BATTLE LINES 235+ / Ross Gray

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  • 30th Sep 2014 - 18th Oct 2014

    Museum of the Vernacular / Nigel Brown

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  • 2nd Sep 2014 - 13th Sep 2014

    Spring Thing / A Group Exhibition

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  • 29th Jul 2014 - 16th Aug 2014

    Hexagon Monkey Puzzle / Adrienne Millwood

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  • 9th Jun 2014 - 5th Jul 2014

    It’s Not Dry Yet / A Group Painting Show

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  • 10th Feb 2014 - 22nd Feb 2014

    An Introspective (Nostalgia of a kind) / Barry Cleavin

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