John Parker Exhibitions

Spring Catalogue

30 Sept - 22 Nov 2017

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Exhibition Works

Nigel Brown Kereru (2016)
Fantail (Piwakawaka) [21490]
Tania Patterson Fantail (Piwakawaka) [21490] (2017)
Plain Song: Study 5
J S Parker Plain Song: Study 5 (2017)
Christine Cathie Midday (2015)
The Calm
Paul Dibble The Calm (2015)
Phelantis Part IV
Andy Leleisi'uao Phelantis Part IV (2011)
Kumete (Black)
Mike Crawford Kumete (Black) (2017)
Small Portions of the Eternal World
Garry Currin Small Portions of the Eternal World (2016)
Jump Point
Neil Frazer Jump Point (2017)
Large Wood Fired Vase [21701]
Paul Maseyk Large Wood Fired Vase [21701] (2017)
Michael Hight Smoker (2014)
Little Sister
Paul Dibble Little Sister (2014)
One of a Pear [21504]
Shane Woolridge One of a Pear [21504] (2017)
Omai and Obeera / Hawaiian Hula / Chiefly Pursuits (00000 / 00525)
Lisa Reihana Omai and Obeera / Hawaiian Hula / Chiefly Pursuits (00000 / 00525) (2017)
Mark Mitchell Seed (2017)
Piki #2
Darryn George Piki #2 (2013)
Colpman Avenue
Karl Maughan Colpman Avenue (2016)
Kowhai - Coromandel Gold #1
Layla Walter Kowhai - Coromandel Gold #1 (2015)
Mind Slab
Nigel Brown Mind Slab (2015)
Kahu (Harrier Hawk)
Tania Patterson Kahu (Harrier Hawk) (2015/17)
Murmuration 20
Neil Dawson Murmuration 20 (2017)
Plain Song: Three Part Lyric Suite - For Autumn
J S Parker Plain Song: Three Part Lyric Suite - For Autumn (2015)
Signature - Red [21742]
Christine Cathie Signature - Red [21742] (2017)
Women Weaving and Possum Cloak Making (04846)
Lisa Reihana Women Weaving and Possum Cloak Making (04846) (2017)
Gibson Rd
Michael Hight Gibson Rd (2005)
Gold Point Bowl [17-41]
John Parker Gold Point Bowl [17-41] (2017)
Polyneitus Spring Part X
Andy Leleisi'uao Polyneitus Spring Part X (2012)
Matt White Grooved Vessel [17-31]
John Parker Matt White Grooved Vessel [17-31] (2017)
Semi Matt White Grooved Orb [15-16]
John Parker Semi Matt White Grooved Orb [15-16] (2015)
Murder Bay
Harry Watson Murder Bay (2017)
Harry Watson Banishment (2013)
Roseate Spoonbill (Tropical Invasion III)
Hannah Kidd Roseate Spoonbill (Tropical Invasion III) (2017)
Mark Mitchell Respire (2017)
Una People of Alopus
Andy Leleisi'uao Una People of Alopus (2016)
Full Moon
John Edgar Full Moon (2014)
Huia Pair (Black) [21080]
Mike Crawford Huia Pair (Black) [21080] (2017 )

Exhibition Text

Just announced Wallace Award 2017 Paramount Winner Andy Leleisi’uao paintings may at first seem somewhat enigmatic, as if narratives without an ending or beginning … but quickly an amalgam of ambiguous forms and objects, sequences and hieroglyphs emerge which function as visual parables of human endeavour and internal spirit, reaching right across time.

Lisa Reihana’s panoramic works from the internationally acclaimed Venice Biennale 2017 video are extraordinary cross-media boundary-pushing technological achievements. (And it very, very beautiful.) In Omai and Obeera / Hawaiian Hula / Chiefly Pursuits (00000 / 00525) Reihana focuses upon the cultural dynamics and allure of the Pacific emphasising the indispensable role performed by Omai in Cook’s journeys and endeavours.

J S Parker (1944 – August 2017) made a singular and considerable contribution to the story of New Zealand art. His acclaimed, distinctive palette-knife works are colour-infused distillations of environmental phenomena, moods and atmospheres; landscape, place, time of day and season.

Neil Frazer’s Jump Point viewed from some distance is startlingly realistic, monumental and uncompromisingly exact. Seen close it alters into abstracted painterly marks and nuances lit by powerful sensations and imbued with emotional suggestions. It is an extraordinary achievement.

Considerable environmental concerns and dialogues inform all of Hannah Kidd’s major works. In her new series Tropical Invasion Kidd dramatically explores perilous tipping-point issues, contrasting menace and beauty. Kidd’s rare, unmistakable authority and technical virtuosity is clearly evident in Rosette Spoonbill.

Garry Currin’s magical Small Portions of the Eternal World is a major painting that seems to defy any adequate description: everything is in a state of motion and flux, to be altering and changing as we look – specific details, colours, the imminence of events emerge seemingly from nowhere but then to coalesce momentarily into a state of stillness. We are out at sea, looking back to a coastal landscape: a gigantic wave begins to grow and roll…

Harry Watson’s idiosyncratic Murder Bay is filled with surreal peril and gluttony. Nigel Brown’s Mind Slab conflates the present and past into a metaphor of transition, linking the archetypical black-singlet man to how history has come to change and inform him.

Michael Hight’s Smoker stands atop clustered beehives, as if a beacon. Karl Maughan’s Colpham Avenue hides a path between rounded forms and an orderly mosaic of patterned colour.

Darryn George combines the architecture of text with carving patterns in Piki 2. John Edgar’s celestial lens-form Full Moon exhibits his rare sympathy for combining different materials. Paul Dibble’s The Calm is a geometric celebration that paraphrases the female form.

There are new ceramics from Mark Mitchell, John Parker and Paul Maseyk; new sculpture by Tania Patterson, Shane Woolridge and Neil Dawson; and Mike Crawford’s poised Huia Pair.

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