Simon Edwards’ moody, atmospheric South Island landscapes simultaneously hide and reveal menace and beauty, distance and place, as well as what is coming and going in the sky and air before us.
Dick Frizzell, recognised as the most adroit of all New Zealand artists, delivers a Sam Hunt poem, a still life masterclass and a deceptively simple, emblematic landscape.
Amanda Gruenwald’s gestural engagement with the languages of colour and oscillating form where paint is pooled and spread, space organic and layered, builds a dynamic presence and a noticeably immersive experience.
Carving and grinding the steel surfaces of his paintings with patterns, shapes and words informed by Te Ao Māori, Israel Birch then overlays them with pigment and lacquer to create illusionary depth. His works are holographic in effect and nature, literally changing from one moment to the next.
Aaron Scythe sews together traditions drawn from sixteen years of study and practice in Japan and his Māori heritage. He delivers an aesthetic of deliberately recomposed and flawed beauty, where parts make up the whole with the whole in turn becoming a remarkable synthesis of diverse techniques and cultures.