Green Spaces: Art and Nature

Green Spaces is an exhibition featuring five artists who draw their inspiration from our relationship with nature. Sometimes critical other times optimistic, each artist attempts to reconnect our understanding of the natural world and how our future is determined by our ability to see the environmental impact of our every decision. On exhibition will be works of painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media by Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Emily Valentine (Sydney), Vivian Ward (Auckland), Ben Reid (Canterbury) and Leo Robba (Blue Mountains, New South Wales).

Jo Ogier: For me Green space is a place that feeds the soul. It can offer a sense of tranquillity, peacefulness, serenity and for me has a calming, yet uplifting feel. These green spaces act as sanctuaries not only for us, but also for nurturing the incredible array of our beautiful and unique flora and fauna.

Ben Reid: These works are a continuation of my interest in New Zealand’s environmental history and future. Narratives within each work consider regrets for past mistakes and optimism for the future.

Leo Robba: My relationship to my own garden and the environment is at the heart of my love of landscape painting.These acrylic on canvas works were produced en plein air in the Cotswolds, England and explore formal aspects and distinctive features of garden culture and the way, as human-beings we need to change the world around us. My cigarette tin paintings are my attempt to grapple with the history and the harsh realities of war and to link the memorial gardens and Gallipoli’s landscape of today with those who died.

Vivian Ward: My work has often involved environmental concerns. In various ways these works look at the encapsulation of greenspaces within contained and managed micro landscapes and at the translation of nature into artefact.

Emily Valentine: Feathers are my paint. I use feathers to create new life forms and to show sympathy with the bird’s previous life. I wish to stimulate the viewer, and ask them to question our treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why.

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Artists in Exhibition: 
Jo Ogier, Emily Valentine, Vivian Ward, Ben Reid, Leo Robba
Date of Exhibition: 
13 July - 13 August
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