14th February - 9th of March 2021
‘LOVE’ – floral portraits by Auckland-based artist Emma Bass opens, appropriately, onValentine’s Day at Napier gallery Boyd Dunlop. In her first Napier exhibition, the show features a broad sample of Bass’ floral ouvre. These photographic works are animated by a spirit of love in its many expressions; love as passion, as care, as commitment, as beauty. As a former nurse, the artist has seen the difference love makes in people’s lives and she views love as constituting both emotional and practical aspects; we experience love, but we also practice love through care for self and others.
She says “Flowers have been employed to represent our ideas and emotions as far back as we can trace our artistic heritage. Eastern or Western, flowers are one of the most universal forms of beauty. They are tokens of love, a natural expression of the environment. What’s more, flowers are scientifically proven to improve both mental and physical well-being. Everywhere in the world, flowers are cherished in some form”
27th November - 14th Dec 2020
Like many of us, Jo Blogg spent lockdown taking stock, pondering the nature of connection in a world where the basic human interaction we once took for granted was prohibited, and using the space to create.
From this process, Everything is Not Black and White was born. It’s a personal journal of sorts, a sextet of portraits of those close to Jo’s heart, rendered in her signature mandala style. The work is the result of conversations between artist and muse in which she gave her subjects agency to choose the palette that best represented, not their finite, mortal form, but the person within.
25th May - 22nd June
Johnny Romeo is an Australian contemporary pop artist. His works infuse the aesthetics of print-based Warholian Pop with a street-art speed and grit, all executed through some strange on-canvas alchemy in acrylic and oil.
20th May - 20th June
As meditative as they are exhilarating, Patrick Tyman’s works are a real visual treat for the eyes. Often portraying bold florals amidst a dream like landscape, Patrick takes the native flora and fauna of New Zealand and the vibrant colours of the South Pacific as his muse.