Congratulations to Wei Lun Ha who received a Merit Award for his entry ‘A big heart is a fragile one’ in the Parkin Drawing Prize awarded by Judge John Gow. Donna-Marie Patterson whose MFA work was recently exhibited at Solander, drawing ‘The memory is constantly moving’ was also selected as one of 78 finalists. On exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington until 8 September.
Image: A big heart is a fragile one, pigment ink on cotton paper, 2019
Aratoi Museum of Art and History is currently hosting WATER \ WAY a multi-media exhibition featuring thirteen New Zealand artists including Solander Gallery artists Jacqui Colley and Jenna Packer.
There will be an opportunity to hear from the artists & curators at a public talk on Sunday 26 May 10.30am.
Alexis Neal’s recently exhibited artist book ‘Something to Remember’ won ‘Gold’ in the specialty product category at the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards 2019 in Wellington last night. Congratulations to the artist and collaborators Design Bind Ltd.
(install image from Alexis Neal’s exhibition ‘Pūawai’ at Solander Gallery 📷 Will Bennett)
‘Paradise Lost’ was officially opened in Russell as part of Russell’s contribution to Tuia 250, a series of events around the country commemorating Cook’s visit in 1769. The Swedish Deputy Head of Mission to New Zealand, Henrik Grudemo was welcomed with a pōwhiri onto the Kororāreka Marae attended by local iwi and children from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waikare and Russell School.
Russell Museum will host the exhibition from April 6 to May 16.
Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist Basia Smolnicki who picked up a merit award in the Waikato Society of Arts 2019 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award for her work ‘At the end of the day’. Basia’s winning print can be viewed in the gallery.
Auckland Print Studio’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition featuring lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes opens at GALLERY ONE, Unitec 5:30pm Tuesday, 23 October. Pop along to view works by Solander Gallery artists John Pusateri, Jacqui Colley, Michael Barnes plus a selection of artists we have previously exhibited including Jude Rae, Lonnie Huthinson, Sandow Birk, John McKaig, Tim Musso, Dan Heskamp, Jason Grieg, Zuza Kosinka, Aiko Robinson, Trevor Parker and Stephen Ellis. Exhibition runs until 9 November.
Solander Gallery is proud to present an exhibition featuring six of our talented artists at this years Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks from 13 -16 September. Our represented artists are Marci Tackett, Jacqueline Aust, Richard Adams, Aiko Robinson, John Pusateri and Belinda Griffiths. We are excited to be taking a vibrant and diverse selection of works on paper so come and visit us at Booth P09.
Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist John Pusateri, a finalist in the 27th Annual Wallace Arts Trust Award with his drawing “Sleep” [coloured pencil and Flashe paint on paper, 520 x 385 mm 2018].
Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist Jacqui Colley on the announcement of her Premier Award in the 2018 Parkin Drawing Prize.
Jacqui’s entry “Long Echo” is a large etched aluminum panel that measures 2.4metres by 1.2metres. This ambitious, confident work loosely references aerial views of Canterbury, observing shapes and the geographic marks on the landscape from rivers which flow from the mountains to the sea, the great lakes and the few remaining wetlands. The surface of the work is etched with lines and textures in an intuitive interpretation of place.
“With intersecting grids, circles and lines I have mimicked the colonisation of the now mechanised land.”
Jacqui’s work and other finalists are on exhibition at the New Zealand of Fine Arts, Wellington from 17 July – 19 August
Further works by Jacqui are available to view here at Solander Gallery.
Paradise Lost | Daniel Solander’s Legacy
To coincide with the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Solander Gallery and project partner Embassy of Sweden in Canberra have initiated an exhibition to commemorate the contribution naturalist, Daniel Solander made to New Zealand’s history.
Scientist Joseph Banks employed Daniel Solander, a Swedish botanist and together they collected hundreds of plant species as the Endeavour circumnavigated New Zealand.
As paper was in short supply in 1760’s England, Banks and Solander bought printers proof of Milton’s book Paradise Lost and it was pages from this work that were used to press and dry the first European collections of New Zealand plants.
Ten contemporary New Zealand artists have been invited to respond to Daniel Solander for an exhibition that will open at Solander Gallery in 2019 and then tour nationally and internationally.
The participating artists are, John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland) Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin).
Expect further updates as we delve into the life of Daniel Solander, the botanist and nature’s argonaut.
Special thanks to the National Library of New Zealand and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for the opportunity for artists to view the Banks and Solander collections.
Photography Credit: John Pusateri and Will Bennett