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It is our hope that you enjoy this catalogue showcasing the talents of leading New Zealand and international artists.

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  • Fine Art, Fine Value

  • 1LUCI HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHYwww.luci.co.nz www.internationalartcentre.co.nz

  • 2272 Parnell Road Parnell Auckland New Zealand +64 9 3666 045 www.internationalartcentre.co.nz

    Franco Anselmi

    A D Blake

    Paolo Canetti

    Colette Cheyne

    Paul Coney

    Harold Coop

    Brian Dahlberg

    Gaston de Vel

    Tracy Ellerton

    Judith Moreton

    Roger Morris

    Darcy Nicholas

    Mike Norris

    Lance OGorman

    Don Packwood

    Patricia Payne

    Raimondo Roberti

    Eros Rumor


    Charles Fredrick Goldie

    Gabryel Harrison

    Frances Hodgkins

    Philip Holmes

    Lawrence Leitch


    Peter McIntyre

    Carlo Mirabasso

    Kasey Sealy

    Maria Serafina

    Geoffrey Shaw

    Ted Sherwen

    Henryk Szydlowski

    Bruce Treloar

    James Watkins

    John Weeks

    Simon Williams

  • 3Celebrate is such a great word, it sounds good, it feels good and it rings true.

    In the midst of our 40th fabulous year International Art Centre thanks you,

    our friends, families, artists, clients and staff for making the last four decades

    such an exhilarating and brilliant journey. As usual, Oscar Wilde got it right

    when he said nothing succeeds like success, we celebrate our success with

    gratitude and look forward to the future with confidence.

    It is our hope that you enjoy this catalogue showcasing the talents of leading

    New Zealand and international artists. Each painting does indeed tell a story.

    That story begins as inspiration in the mind of the artist and culminates in a

    work of art enriching lives, homes and workplaces.

    Frances Davies - Director

    International Art Centre was host to the Webb Ellis Cup for a photo shoot July 2011. The Webb Ellis Cup is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup.

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    Franco Anselmi Donne della notte Oil fresco 50 x 60 cm

    Born in Treviso, Northern Italy the young Anselmi attended the University of Urbino graduating in languages and sociology. Always interested in art above all else, these academic achievements were more to please his father than himself and since 1974 Anselmi has enjoyed international success as a professional artist.

    Anselmis early work emphasised themes associated with the early 20th century school of Italian Futurism. Speed, power and movement were often the backdrops to Anselmis deceptively simple human and animal forms. Thirty years on the unique works of Anselmi are synonymous with contemporary Italian style and sophistication.

    Favoured subjects include glamorous women, often in trios or pairs, Byzantine style madonnas and trademark Anselmi animals. The nocturnal owl, wisest of birds, is the only creature portrayed with two eyes indicative of a balanced view of the world. The Anselmi imagination knows no bounds and his modern day frescoes embody the Venetian Schools love and understanding of colour. Anselmi has the power to make your day with art that makes you smile.

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    A D Blake Ranger & Rainbow, Auckland Anniversary Regatta 1939 Oil on canvas 56 x 76 cm

    A D Blake is one of the worlds foremost marine artists. Based in Auckland, City of Sails, his work is hung in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Blake has received commissions from such prestigious institutions as the New York Yacht Club, the Herreshoff Maritime Museum, Rhode Island and the Storm Trysail Yacht Club, New York. Blakes work features in Yachts On Canvas by James Taylor of the Greenwich Maritime Museum, London. The official Americas Cup Program of 2000 and the Cowes Jubilee Regatta programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Americas Cup race, both showcase Blakes paintings.

    Given the family history, A D Blakes commitment to professional maritime painting is understandable. Both he and his brother, the late Sir Peter Blake inherited an understanding and love of the sea. Outstanding talent, coupled with technical skills as a graduate of Aucklands School of Engineering result in A D Blake creating world class works of the highest quality.

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    Paolo Canetti Guitar Verde Oil on canvas 50 x 70 cm

    Canettis first solo exhibition was held at the Isola Gallery Milan, 1967. Prior to this, Canetti had worked with other young Milanese artists, known as the Group of Ten. The next few years marked an interesting period of research and a foray into analytical cubism inspired by contacts with the Japanese painter and sculptor, Azuma. An exhibition of these works was held at the Gallery Cannocchiale.

    From 1968 profound social changes began to take place throughout Italy. Canetti recorded these events in his work. Paintings from this period reflect the increasing industrialisation of the workplace and countryside. After 1970 Canetti began to exhibit throughout Italy. Working in the South agriculture and peasant life featured strongly. These earlier paintings, sometimes in watercolour, can be seen as a forerunner of the distinctive style that developed over the next thirty years. Paintings from the the mid 1980s feature fishermen, flower gatherers and shopkeepers. While Canettis subject matter is of the ordinary, the palette is unique lending an appealing overall softness to the finished work.

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    Colette Cheyne Sumatran Tiger Oil on panel 37 x 31 cm

    Dedicated wildlife artist Colette Cheyne has drawn and painted since childhood. Colette attended life drawing classes during the 1980s while based in Australia. Visits to the United Kingdom followed with a firm focus on wildlife work and the transition from pencil drawing to oil painting. In 1988 Colette returned to New Zealand.

    Colette is represented in the United States and her work has featured in Wildlife Art publications. In 2001 her entry of Serval Cat won the prestigious, International Wild Cat Art - Best in Show Award. The long awaited 2007 solo exhibition Encounters - Wild Cat Studies was a complete sellout. Colette was represented in the Winter Salon 2010 exhibition.

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    Paul Coney was born in Zimbabwe. His family immigrated to New Zealand when he was five years old and Coney was educated at St. Peters School, Cambridge prior to living in Dunedin.

    Coney began painting professionally at twenty years of age and is entirely self taught. He first attracted public recognition in 1987 when chosen as the official artist for the Americas Cup Challenge by the Bank of New Zealand. A successful watercolourist, Coney taught, worked and exhibited in this medium for over twenty years. In 2008 he began working on large scale canvases in oil. These dramatically beautiful florals have been hugely successful with sales worldwide. It is a theme Coney continues to explore and develop.

    Paul Coneyb.1957

    Paul Coney Albert Park Fountain Oil on canvas 122 x 137 cm

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    Harold Coop Pohutukawa Morning Acrylic on canvas 83 x 122 cm

    Harold Coop is a New Zealand artist, working in the field of contemporary and abstracted landscape. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has also exhibited in France, England and Australia.

    Coop first exhibited with the Auckland Society of Arts in 1959. He was later a judge for the Bledisloe Medal in landscape painting. The artist initially worked in watercolour and oils, but now creates mainly large scale acrylic works and is known for his adventurous use of colour. Coops book, A Vision of New Zealand is a commentary on landscape painting. His work has featured in Australian Artist and International Artist magazines.

    Harold Coopb.1934

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    Brian Dahlberg St Stephens, Parnell Oil on board 110 x 150 cm

    Brian Dahlberg, born in Ashburton was educated at Nelson and Wanganui Colleges. He was a pupil of Dame Louise Henderson with whom he studied landscape, portraiture and life drawing. The artist refers to his work as Regional Surrealism. His use of streamlined form imbues each work with a modernity and almost meditative stillness. Subtly patterned skies and foregrounds, visible from certain vantage points, often feature. Compositions are balanced and the palette considered, resulting in unique portrayals of the New Zealand landscape.

    Dahlberg is a keen marathon runner and explorer of off the beaten track regions of New Zealand. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited in Australia and Switzerland. His work hangs in embassies and private collections in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Holland and the United Kingdom. 2011 saw the completion of a major work by Dahlberg of St Stephens Church, Parnell, the first in a series of New Zealand Landmark paintings.

    Brian Dahlbergb. 1944

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  • Gaston de Vel Anemones 1969 Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm

    Belgium born Gaston studied at the Academie Royal des Beaux Arts, Brussels from 1941 to 1945. Of that time Gaston said I was taught to paint directly from life, so I could learn to visualise things as an artist in colour, just like the Impressionists. Now these lessons are in my blood, a part of me. One of his most influential tutors was Alfred Bastien, a former winner of the Prix Godecharle and friend of Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. For thirteen years Gaston lived and worked in the Belgian Congo arriving in New Zealand in 1960 after a political uprising forced many Europeans to leave.

    Gaston was a breath of fresh air to the rather staid New Zealand art scene of the 1960s. Happy to share his knowledge he taught, lectured and inspired many. Working in a sophisticated, impressionistic style Gaston interpreted lively scenes of sun drenched courtyards, fishing ports and geranium filled cafes affording New Zealanders a welcome glimpse of exotic locations. He was awarded the Kelliher Art Prize in 1968. The 1980s saw several sellout exhibitions. Gaston is represented in the permanent collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

    International Art Centre represents the Gaston de Vel Estate collection

    Gaston De Vel1924 - 2010

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    Tracy Ellerton Moon Dance Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120 cm

    Tracy Ellerton is a Melbourne based artist with links to the world of art and music. Her hand-drawn cartoons appeared on music related websites in the early 90s. In 1998 she was invited to exhibit in a group show in Gertrude Street, Melbourne. After working in the music industry for almost twenty years, the 2001 Album Covers show attracted the attention of collectors and critics, with the majority of works selling within days.

    Although Ellertons repertoire of subject matter is vast, animals enjoy a favoured presence in her work. A fascination with the humanity of the animal sees the creation of highly engaging contemporary works. Ellertons paintings abound with spontaneity, energy and appeal whilst giving a refreshingly modern spin to the wildlife genre. Her paintings speak volumes about the unquestionable value and joy animals bring to our daily lives. Paintings to be admired and enjoyed. Ellertons work has been acquired by members of the Saatchi Organisation, Melbournes exclusive Savage Club and musician Billy Bragg.


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    Eugenea Carnivale Oil on canvas 88 x 66 cm

    Eugenea was born in Rostov-on-Don, a heavily industrialised city in Southern Russia. Her introduction to painting was at an early age through her father, Boris Belmasov, a respected Russian painter. At 17 years of age she was the youngest student in 30 years to be accepted by the V.I. Surikov State Academy of Art in Moscow, graduating after six years of intensive study.

    The foundation of a formal Russian training combined with her own expressive style results in the creation of unique works. The figurative paintings often possess an ethereal quality, while her landscapes and still lifes have a charm of their own. Eugenea has exhibited in Russia, Germany, Switzerland and America. In 1993 she travelled to the Southern Hemisphere, living first in Brisbane and now Wellington.


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  • Charles Frederick Goldie is New Zealands most celebrated artist. Born in Auckland, Goldie showed artistic talent from a early age and on leaving school studied under Louis John Steele. Governor Sir George Grey was much impressed by two still life paintings by the young Goldie and encouraged his father to send the 22 year old to the Academy Julian, Paris. Goldie lived and studied in Paris for four years receiving a thorough academic training. By 1898 Goldie had returned to Auckland and established a studio with his former teacher Steel. It was here that the collaboration on the large, dramatic work which hangs in Auckland Art Gallery, The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand, took place.

    Goldie was a great friend of the Maori people, he spoke their language and immortalised their leaders. Following his visits to Rotorua between 1901 and 1906, models often sat for Goldie in his Auckland studio. Today these portraits, of what was then considered a dying race, hold a paramount position in the history of New Zealand Art. In the 1920s Goldie faced ill health and criticism of his work. It is thought that he suffered from lead poisoning. In 1934 encouraged by Lord Bledisloe he exhibited with the Royal Academy, London and the Paris Salon. Acknowledgments included the award of King George Vs Silver Jubilee Medal and an OBE in 1935. Goldie died in 1947. In 1997 Roger Blackley curated a major Goldie retrospective at Auckland City Art Gallery. At auction quality works by C F Goldie achieve record prices. View our auction website www.fineartauction.co.nz

    Charles Frederick Goldie Forty Winks, 1939 Oil on canvas 44 x 38 cm fetched $573,000 November 2010

    Charles Frederick Goldie1870 - 1947

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    New Zealand born Gabryel Harrison lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She completed a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Ottawa in 1980, later fulfilling post-graduate requirements as an art therapist. Harrison has devoted herself to painting full time since 1999.

    Working in translucent layers of oil paint, the artist sometimes incorporates crushed rose petals or other organic matter that becomes a physical carrier of meaning and memory. Gold leaf is occasionally used in symbolic reference to the transmutation of human consciousness, the objective of spiritual alchemy. Harrison exhibits regularly in Vancouver, her last highly successful show took place there in November 2010. In May 2011 Harrisons work was introduced to a receptive New Zealand audience when Harrison accepted the invitation of guest artist at the Fleurs exhibiton.

    Gabryel Harrisonb.1959

    Gabryel Harrison To The Light Oil on canvas (diptych) 130 x 182 cm

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  • Frances Hodgkins was born in Dunedin, the daughter of artist W.M.Hodgkins. After early success as a watercolourist she became one of the leading artists of British Modernism. As a young artist Hodgkins studied with Girolamo Nerli and attended the Dunedin School of Art. From 1901 to 1904 Hodgkins was based in England which enabled her to travel and paint extensively on the continent. A brief return to New Zealand saw her teaching in Wellington, but by 1907 she had returned to England and had her first London exhibition. Between 1911 -1912 Hodgkins taught at Colarossis Academy in Paris and during the First World War lived in Cornwall.

    A brave and inventive artist Hodgkins endured hardship in pursuit of her career. In 1929 she joined the Seven & Five Society working alongside young artists Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. In later years Cornwall based Hodgkins experimented with different mediums and styles. Some of her most innovative work was produced prior to her death at age seventy eight. During her life time the conservative New Zealand art establishment was often unreceptive to Hodgkins work. Today she is acknowledged as one of this countrys most influential painters and represented in all major New Zealand galleries.

    Frances Hodgkins Market Scene, Dordrecht, circa 1907 Watercolour 58 x 37 cm fetched $68,000 July 2010

    Frances Hodgkins1869 - 1947

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    Auckland born Philip Holmes grew up in Hawera and Taupo during the 1950s. As a child he drew constantly and began painting professionally in his twenties. Holmes has exhibited throughout New Zealand from early on in his career.

    Having studied Maori art and history Holmes early portraits often featured historical Maori figures with contemporary subjects appearing in more recent years. His work is a combination of traditional European technique embracing new world subject matter. Working in both cont and oil Holmes has long been acknowledged as one of New Zealands finest portrait painters.

    Philip Holmesb. 1953

    Philip Holmes Nga Huia Oil on panel 29 x 20 cm

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    Art and music have been guiding principals in Leitchs life and prior to becoming a full time artist Leitch worked as a professional musician. The son of Christchurch based artist Peter Leitch, Lawrence attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design and on completion of his studies worked as a commercial artist. In the late 1980s Leitch spent time in the United States. On his return to New Zealand he became involved in seriograph printmaking and in 1995 was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1995 New Zealand Pride in Print Awards.

    Leitch originally produced finely detailed watercolours of Central Otago, Coromandel and Auckland landscapes. In 2001 the artist began working on large scale acrylics. These dynamic works have enjoyed worldwide patronage and appreciation. There is a consistency in Leitchs work in that the human element is suggested but not focused on. His solo 2007 exhibition was a sellout, Australasian Landscapes 2008 followed and Lawrence Leitchs New Zealand in 2010. In 2011 he travelled and worked for several months in the United Kingdom.

    Lawrence Leitchb.1958

    Lawrence Leitch View from St Heliers Bay Acrylic on board 41 x 76 cm

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  • Peter McIntyre is one of New Zealands most respected artists. Born in Dunedin he studied with local artist Alfred OKeeffe and attended the Slade School of Art, London. The 1939 outbreak of war saw McIntyre enlist with the 34th Anti-tank Battery, a New Zealand volunteer unit. His platoon was sent to Egypt where he contributed illustrations to the British magazine Parade. In 1941 he was appointed by General Freyberg as New Zealands official war artist. Works from this period provide valuable visual documentation of New Zealand troop involvement in Crete, North Africa, Tripoli and Italy.

    Returning home in 1946 McIntyre established a studio in Dunedin. In 1959 he won the Kelliher Art Award. From 1961 until 1982 McIntyre wrote and illustrated best selling books including his biography, The Painted Years. McIntyres New Zealand sold out within six days and further books recording the artists travels to Antarctica, the American West, Hong Kong and the Pacific followed. Several generations of New Zealander grew up enjoying these publications and today his distinctive landscapes attract the recognition they so rightly deserve. In 1970 McIntyre was awarded an OBE for his contribution to New Zealand art and publishing. In 1995 a major retrospective exhibition featuring the war paintings was held at Wellington City Gallery.

    Peter McIntyre1910 - 1995

    Peter McIntyre Sheep Droving, Rangitikei Oil on canvas 66 x 90.5cm fetched $46,000 July 2011

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    Auckland based Marietta has painted for over twenty five years in both New Zealand and Australia. She has also worked in the field of ceramics and for a time opened a studio in the Waikato. Today the focus is on creating her own paintings as well as teaching. She is also writing and illustrating a series of childrens books to be published in the United States.

    Proficient in both watercolour and oil, Mariettas preferred choice of subject matter is still life. These traditionally rendered works give scope to the artists skill in capturing the rich texture of fabric, the succulence of assorted fruits and the sheen of silver, copper and ceramic ware. Painting from life the artist assembles a living composition from which she works. Her finished paintings possess a quality of timelessness while immortalising the abundance and beauty of nature. Marietta is a pupil of acclaimed New Zealand artist Paul Coney.

    Mariettab. 1966

    Marietta Still Life with Blue Hydrangeas Oil on canvas 120 x 120 cm

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    Carlo Mirabasso was born in Tivoli, Rome where he attended and graduated from art school. Today he lives and works in the region of Umbria, the home of pre-Renaissance art, of which Mirabasso says I love the Umbrian region and its medieval villages. In 1979 Mirabasso graduated from art school in Rome. In the 1980s and 90s, in addition to painting, he worked in the field of advertising design and illustration.

    Since 1996 Mirabasso has worked as a full time professional artist. Today his finely executed paintings present a magical, pictorial world. In these works the artists unique touch of modernity contrasts interesting with references and backdrops of Renaissance architecture.

    His paintings are stylish and enchanting with wide appeal. The artist regularly exhibits throughout Italy, with recent shows in Rome, Milan, Teramo, Potenza, Verona, Brescia, Vicenza, Padova. He is now proudly and exclusively represented in New Zealand by International Art Centre.

    Carlo Mirabassob.1959

    Carlo Mirabasso Serena Riflessione Oil on panel 28 x 59 cm

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    Judith Moreton was born in Palmerston North and has painted professionally for over thirty five years. Although best known for her depictions of the lush New Zealand bush, it was a seascape entitled Dawn, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island that was awarded first prize in the annual competition held by International Artists Magazine. The judging panel noted the beauty of light, tone and sheer magnificence present in her work.

    Preferring a limited palette the artist uses undiluted oil straight from the tube. She chooses basic earth tones such as terre verte, sienna, yellow ochre with olive greens introducing shadows and contrast. A completed work welcomes the viewer to a refreshing world of greenery, peace and birdsong.

    Judith Moretonb.1940

    Judith Moreton Great Barrier Island Ferns Oil on board 52 x 79 cm

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    As a child living on the banks of the Thames, British born, Roger Morris developed an early interest in watercraft. During World War II he attended the Thames Nautical Training College HMS Worcester. Several years later Morris and his family immigrated to New Zealand where he gained a teaching qualification in art. By the 1970s his reputation as a gifted maritime artist was well established and he was commissioned by Bateman Publishers to write and illustrate Sail Change a volume recording sailing ships that had visited our shores. When the replica of the Bounty was built Morris was invited to join as first mate.

    In the mid 1980s Morris illustrated and wrote Pacific Sail, Four Centuries of Western Ships in the Pacific. In 1992 Atlantic Sail was published. Morris is an acknowledged authority on sailing vessels. He has been invited to lecture on Maritime History at Massey University, Auckland. A sound knowledge and love of his subject is reflected in his oils and watercolours, he is represented in the collection of the Maritime Museum, Auckland and regularly exhibits in Mystic Connecticut, a town renown for its maritime associations.

    Roger Morris Summer Sailing Watercolour 33 x 51 cm

    Roger Morrisb.1935

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    Darcy Nicholas has been a key member of the Contemporary Maori Art movement since the 1960s. Raised in Taranaki in the 1950s, Darcy learned his culture by living it guided by elders many of whom had been born in the 1880s.

    Working from a modern day perspective Darcys paintings often feature a figurative and spiritual element of which he says, My art is about identity - the ancestral lines that connect me with the multiversal nature of our people. Darcy has travelled and exhibited extensively since winning a Fulbright Cultural Award in 1984 which enabled him to visit the United States to observe contemporary Native American art. His work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Britain, Germany and France. His book Land of My Ancestors was launched in August 2005 in San Francisco. Darcy mentors young Maori artists and is a consultant for Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    Darcy Nicholasb.1945

    Darcy Nicholas Forgotten Warrior Acrylic on board 100 x 80 cm

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    Internationally acclaimed wildlife sculptor Mike Norris was born in England and lives in New Zealands capital city, Wellington. Norris trained as an engineer but followed his artistic interests and by the end of the 1980s had exhibited at Londons Westminster Gallery and Christies with the Society of Equestrian Artists. Inspired by the work of sculptor Gill Parker, Norris found working in three dimensions more rewarding than painting and embraced the craft of sculpture. He returns regularly to the United Kingdom to meet with fellow sculptors to discuss and perfect new techniques or casting and colouration.

    From over a thousand entries by professional wildlife artists work by Mike Norris was shown at the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition of 2005 and 2007. This exhibition is held at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA. Entries are of the highest quality, with only a hundred works being accepted for exhibition. In 2008 an outstanding solo exhibition, Worlds Apart featured fifteen new works. Today the Norris flock continues to grow with the artist creating new subjects as editions sell out.

    Mike Norrisb.1957

    Mike Norris Kingfisher Bronze Limited Edition

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    Lance OGorman is amongst a select group of New Zealand artists who have become a household name. He lives in Auckland where he has taught and painted for many years. Early works were traditional and impressionistic often underpainted in the soft mauve hues which have become something of a trademark. In recent years the artist has successfully developed and extended his abstract work culminating in the hugely successful Highway Series of paintings. These striking works embody OGormans distinctive technique with the appeal of a fresh and exciting perspective.

    A member of the New Zealand, Australian and British Fellowship of Artists OGorman holds many awards including a Kelliher Prize. In a recent issue of the Australian Artists magazine, Lance OGorman was nominated favourite New Zealand artist. Books on his work include Northland - A Portrait, The Art of Lance OGorman and Auckland, City of Sails.

    Lance OGormanb.1940

    Lance OGorman The Journey Acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm

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    Don Packwoods fascination with cars dates back to his childhood in the Wairarapa and the annual trip to the Levin Motor Racing Circuit. An inherited mechanical engineering background encouraged Packwoods wide range of artistic interests. Many hours were consumed with painting, model building and restoring vintage and classic cars. This interest led Don to build his own 1925 Brooklands Special, hand-making most of the components.

    Packwood enjoys a well established reputation as one of the worlds finest automotive artists. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand, at Britains Goodwood Festival of Speed and at the Melbourne Grand Prix. Packwood is a life member of the Bruce McLaren Trust. Packwoods passion and understanding of the subject is clearly reflected in his canvases.

    Don Packwoodb. 1949

    Don Packwood Jack Brabham, 1966 bT19 Oil on canvas 60 x 83 cm

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    Dunedin based artist Patricia Payne is known for her intricate icon and medieval inspired manuscript paintings. These small scale works are frequently gilded and seeded with symbolism. On a more light hearted level her formal works are complemented by the New Zealand Icon series featuring historical characters such as Captain Cook and the widely sold New Zealand Whitebait series. Whatever the subject matter, the artists attention to detail is extraordinary.

    Patricia developed an interest in illuminated manuscripts and medieval paintings during the thirty years she worked in Europe as a contracted opera singer with Convent Garden. An introduction to one of her husbands colleagues, John Harthan, former Librarian of the Victoria & Albert Museum, laid the foundations for this second artistic career. Of her work Patricia says, I have long been fascinated by icons and medieval paintings and have had the opportunity to view and study these works in the world capitals I have sung in. I love gold illumination and the use of clear, bright colours. Since returning to New Zealand Patricia has established a reputation as a professional artist creating works of great charm and quality.

    Patricia Payneb. 1942

    Patricia Payne Strawberry Feast Oil & Gold leaf on paper 16 x 26 cm

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    Raimondo Roberti grew up in post World War II Naples. His familys villa was close to the home of the artist G. Gigante, one of the foremost exponents of classical Neopolitan painting known as the School of Posillipo, which exerted a strong influence on Roberti. As a young man Roberti spent time in the United Sates at the Hudson River School of Painting returning to Rome where he completed his studies in architecture and art history.

    Roberti is acknowledged for his vibrant port scenes of the Southern Italian coastline. He is a master at capturing the scale and drama of the Amalfi coast and the Bay of Naples. His paintings are often taken from high vantage points allowing the viewer to visually experience the rugged terrain and scenic beauty that is the artists heritage. Roberti is represented in Naples, Florence, USA and New Zealand.

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    Raimondo Roberti Pozzuoli Oil on canvas 68 x 87 cm

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    A lifetime working as a professional painter shows in the quality of work by senior Venetian artist Eros Rumor. During the early 1950s Rumor completed his studies in Venice and Milan. As a young artist he became involved in the Nuova Figuazione (New Image) Movement. The member artists of this group sought to maintain traditional pictorial values while choosing subject matter of modern historical and social importance. During this time Rumors work gained considerable acclaim and was well reviewed by the Italian press.

    More recently he has looked to the past and from the late 1980s his work has been of Venice in her many moods and ever-changing lights. Rather than viewing this as regression, Rumor sees it as the cycle of a life times work turning full circle. The artists use of light and shadow, his mastery of brushstrokes capturing the pale, crushed pearl light of La Seresnissima, the Serene Capital, all combine in these traditional European oil paintings.

    Eros Rumorb.1931

    Eros Rumor S. Giacomo dell Orio Oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

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    Australian painter Kasey Sealy was born in Forbes, NSW. He began painting in 1978 and two years later became a full time professional artist. Early influences include the Heidelberg School and artists such as Streeton, Heyson, Gruner and Lance Solomon who in later years became a close friend. Working in a loose impressionistic style, Kasey possesses a mastery of light and atmosphere. In a recent interview with Australian Artist magazine Kasey was asked to discuss the key points of his style. He answered that he aims to commence each work with a great composition and then leaves the light to pull the strings.

    Sealy works mainly in Australia but spends time painting in Italy, Greece and New Zealand. He exhibits throughout Australia and has had four solo shows at the Piano-nobile Gallery, London. He has produced three art instruction videos and his work regularly features in Australian Artist and International Artist magazines. Sealy was the artist of choice for the America-Australian Association when they commissioned a work to be presented by Rupert Murdoch to the Australian golfer Greg Norman.

    Kasey Sealyb.1961

    Kasey Sealy A Morning Walk, Queenstown Oil on board 45 x 60 cm

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    Maria Serafina was born in Palermo, Sicily and raised and educated in New York City. After the completion of her art degree from New York University she married and moved to Naples in the mid-seventies where she resided with her artist husband, Raimondo Roberti.

    Capri has a strong influence on Serafina and in her work she strives to capture the flavour of the islands romantic gardens with a wistful play of light and shadow. These works are among her most favoured. She paints wisteria, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas and geraniums. The richness of colour found in each of these beautiful garden varieties, combined with Serafinas convivial brushstroke has been her ticket to success. Maria Serafina exhibits throughout Italy, she is represented in the United States and New Zealand.

    Maria Serafina Courtyard in Tuscany Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

    Maria Serafinab.1959

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    Christchurch based Geoffrey Shaw is a landscape painter known for his distinctive works of Central Otago, the Mckenzie Country and Lindis Pass. His work masterfully captures the rugged hills and tussock blown foregrounds of this unique South Island region. At first glance the paintings seem almost photographic, but longer reflection reveals the artists individuality in interpreting his subject. Confident brushwork, a subtle and skillful use of light and shade deliver paintings of refreshing clarity.

    The Lindis Series of works were first seen in 2008 at the Australasian Landscape exhibition where they meet with considerable ongoing success with sales in New Zealand and offshore. Whilst not prolific, due to the meticulous nature and consistently high standard of the work, Shaw usually completes three to four works a year.

    Geoffrey Shawb.1967

    Geoffrey Shaw Lindis, The Southern Light Acrylic on canvas 51 x 101 cm

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    Ted Sherwen trained as a lithographic artist in Glasgow and during his apprenticeship studied lithographic drawing and design at the Glasgow College of Printing. He tutored at the College for twelve years.

    The Sherwen family made New Zealand their home in 1974. Throughout the 1980s Ted travelled to the USA to study with leading watercolourist Rex Brandt. His work has evolved and developed into a unique and easily recognisable style that has put him at the forefront of New Zealand watercolourists. Sherwen has received awards for his work in Scotland and New Zealand and is a member of the Academy of Fine Art and the Wellington Society of Watercolour Artists.

    Sherwen travels extensively working in Italy and the United Kingdom. His journeys are the inspiration for his painting and exhibitions. With over forty years experience as a professional artist Sherwen is a popular tutor, holding workshops throughout New Zealand and taking classes at the Mairangi Bay Arts Centre.

    Ted Sherwen Timeless Charm, Venice Watercolour 30 x 50 cm

    Ted Sherwenb.1937

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    Szydlowski is a star who paints poetry on canvas. Gifted from birth, he attended the High School of Fine Arts in Jaroslaw Poland and in 1976 graduated as a Master of Fine Arts from Krakows Academy of Fine Arts. Two years later he immigrated to New Zealand. During his seven year stay, Szydlowski painted, developed a revolutionary printing technique which he named Polprint in honour of his Polish heritage and lectured at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. Symbolic references to New Zealand often feature in the artists work.

    In 1985 Szydlowski moved to Australia and now lives with his family in Perth. During the following decade Henryk attracted international recognition and representation in Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Singapore and the United States. In 2003 the American publication Henryk Szydlowski - Door to Dreams was released.

    The integrity of Szydlowskis work lies in his unique interpretation of line, form and colour. As a young artist he absorbed the philosophies of 20th Century German movements such as Der Blaue Reiter, paying particular attention to the work of Klee and Kandinsky. Using tactile planes of richly applied colour Szydlowski personalises and reinvents the essence of these earlier influences, suggesting both abstract thought and concrete image. Harmony is achieved by the subtle blending of elements and brilliantly balanced compositions. The work, like the artist himself, knows no international boundaries. Exhibitions have been extensive with works sold worldwide.

    Henryk Szydlowskib.1950

    Henryk Szydlowski Ice House in the Lunar Park Oil on canvas 60 x 75 cm

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    Bruce Treloar graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1970 and is currently based in Auckland. He is widely travelled and has lived and worked in the South Pacific for extended periods.

    Many years were spent in Sydney painting and lecturing. Due to the nomadic nature of his lifestyle, writing and illustrating books became his preferred medium. His childrens books set in coastal Australia, or the South Pacific, explore universal themes. They have won numerous Australian awards. His illustrations are housed in the Lu Reeves archives in Canberra and the Dromkeen Foundation in Melbourne.

    A few works eschew the conventions of perspective, allowing figures, symbols and colours a freer form of association. Colour is the common language of all these works and it is the deep and sensuous use of colour that creates a world of its own.

    Bruce Treloarb.1946

    Bruce Treloar Lunch Time Acrylic on board 60 x 75 cm

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    James Watkins is International Art Centres youngest artist and has been with the gallery for five years since studying at Elam School Of Fine Arts. His works, particularly those of the Red Roof Series, feature illuminated landscapes sometimes portrayed under the blue skies of summer, but often reflecting a dramatic atmospheric of their own.

    Speaking of his work the artist says, My paintings represent an interest in traditional images of West Coast, New Zealand. A remote, sparsely populated region with empty homes, broken fence lines and untamed landscapes. I try to make beautiful paintings which convey certain personal interpretations of the reality of our life in New Zealand. Im particularly interested in the simple architectural structures of older New Zealand along with the universal symbol of home. In my paintings, home is a place of belonging, a happy memory, security.

    James Watkinsb. 1985

    James Watkins Violet Sky, Red Roof Oil on canvas 45 x 60 cm

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  • John Weeks1886 - 1958

    British born John Weeks arrived in New Zealand in 1892. He attended Elam School of Fine Arts taking lessons from Edward Fristrom. During World War I Weeks served with the New Zealand Medical Corps and on his return studied at the Canterbury College of Art. He furthered his studies at the Edinburgh College of Art and Andre Lhotes Academy, Paris. From 1923 to 1930 Weeks travelled and painted in France, Italy and North Africa.

    On his return to New Zealand Weeks joined the staff of Elam School of Fine Arts becoming an influential and popular lecturer. His more modernist approach to both his own painting and teaching was inspirational. He retired from Elam in 1954. In 1955 Auckland City Art Gallery chose the works of John Weeks for its first solo exhibition of a New Zealand artist. In 1958 he was awarded an OBE. Weeks died in 1958 and today is represented in all major New Zealand galleries.

    John Weeks King Country Landscape Oil on board 60 x 75 cm fetched $42,000 October 2008

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    Simon Williams was born in Dunedin. He grew up in Mosgiel serving an apprenticeship in horticulture and landscape gardening. During the 1980s Simon lived and worked in Europe where he began painting. By 1989 he was living in Sydney and working as a self taught professional artist, greatly influenced by the early Australian impressionist painters of the Heidelberg School. His work sold well and he won prizes and commendations at Art Society and Municipal Art shows including a first at Ryde and Parramatta Art award.

    Living in Auckland since 1994 Simon exhibits annually with International Art Centre. Simons work has featured in every edition of New Zealands Favourite Artists and hangs in embassies and collections worldwide including that of President Bill Clinton.

    Simon Williamsb. 1961

    Simon Williams View from Mt Eden Oil on canvas 76 x 153 cm

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