Ellie Gray – CHristCHurch, Jane Barry – Dreamscape, Brad MacDonald – Ōtautahi Overhaul
Ellie Gray –
Ellie Gray was born in Dunedin, and is now based in Christchurch, where she is a Painter and Secondary School teacher. Ellie graduated
from the Dunedin School of Art in 2014 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Painting.
CHristCHurch is a series of paintings that respond to the intriguing construction and finishing’s of traditional and modern churches
around Christchurch, which are full of curve, line, pattern and play of shadow.
She has a fascination with the relationship between colours, geometry, and subject matter and how these are interpreted by the viewer.
By spending time with the works, her aim is for the viewer to slowly uncover the subject matter as if they are trying to crack a code.
The highly geometrical works with exacting precision in every line, manage to appear as both flat, two-dimensional pattern and as a three-
dimensional illusion propelling forward from the picture plane. Gray plays a clever game with the eye, unsettling any preconceived ideas of
what exactly it is looking at, alluding to the desire for the subject to remain unresolved and open to interpretation.
Jane Barry –
Brad MacDonald –
Born 1981 and speeding through life
using the tools of poetry, storytelling
and photography to distil how I
am bound to the human race and
explore the essence of being.
Themes of mythology, cosmology,
identity and transformation run
through my practice, linking the written
and the visual.
Based in Christchurch, New
Zealand, I spend my time creating
an interlinked body of work with
these underlying themes bound by
repetition. Repetition of the
quotidian. Repetition of Nature’s
wonder. Repetition of humankind’s
ineducability as we head toward an
abyss, the same abyss from whence