Fine Art, Fine Value
1LUCI HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHYwww.luci.co.nz
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A D Blake
Gaston de Vel
Charles Fredrick Goldie
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
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
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.
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.
6A D Blakeb. 1951
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Paul Coney Albert Park Fountain Oil on canvas 122 x 137 cm
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.
Brian Dahlberg St Stephens, Parnell Oil on board 110 x 150
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
Brian Dahlbergb. 1944
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
Gaston De Vel1924 - 2010
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.
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
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
Charles Frederick Goldie Forty Winks, 1939 Oil on canvas 44 x 38
cm fetched $573,000 November 2010
Charles Frederick Goldie1870 - 1947
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
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
Gabryel Harrison To The Light Oil on canvas (diptych) 130 x 182
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
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
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
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 Leitch View from St Heliers Bay Acrylic on board 41 x
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
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
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.
Marietta Still Life with Blue Hydrangeas Oil on canvas 120 x 120
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
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 Mirabasso Serena Riflessione Oil on panel 28 x 59 cm
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 Moreton Great Barrier Island Ferns Oil on board 52 x 79
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
Roger Morris Summer Sailing Watercolour 33 x 51 cm
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 Nicholas Forgotten Warrior Acrylic on board 100 x 80
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
Mike Norris Kingfisher Bronze Limited Edition
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 OGorman The Journey Acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm
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
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
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
Patricia Payneb. 1942
Patricia Payne Strawberry Feast Oil & Gold leaf on paper 16
x 26 cm
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.
Raimondo Roberti Pozzuoli Oil on canvas 68 x 87 cm
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
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 Rumor S. Giacomo dell Orio Oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm
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 Sealy A Morning Walk, Queenstown Oil on board 45 x 60
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
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
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
Geoffrey Shaw Lindis, The Southern Light Acrylic on canvas 51 x
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
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
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
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
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 Szydlowski Ice House in the Lunar Park Oil on canvas 60 x
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
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 Treloar Lunch Time Acrylic on board 60 x 75 cm
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
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
John Weeks King Country Landscape Oil on board 60 x 75 cm
fetched $42,000 October 2008
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
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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