Saturday, February 20, 2010

Are you blind ref

Are you blind Ref
enamel on canvas 127 x 127 cm

I am really quite excited about this painting by Richard Lewer. He has a show on at the Orexart gallery (opposite the New gallery- Auckland city) titled You can't win them all, running till march 6. He won the Wallace awards in 2008 with a work on a pool table like surface (it might actually have been a found pool table-not sure) with a chalk-like line drawing, for some reason seeing these works makes that work appear a lot stronger. Anyway, very inspirational (for lack of a better word) quick march- off to the studio!


I am fond of birds and horses...

These are a series of drawings that I have done over the last few years. Growing up on a farm I was never far from a horse and I was always attempting to draw them- so therefore I have had ALOT of practice. Birds, a newer found fondness, are a wonderful subject matter. I Don't think I'll be busting out the oil paints however, I find them complicated enough in grey tones.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Thank you Helen

This is a drawing (these are prints of) done by great aunt Helen Brown when she was aged 14. She was a celebrated Auckland artist in the 1950's and 1960's and was represented by the John Leech gallery. Her more famous works were more minimal/simplified seascapes in oils, they are quite breath taking. But the above work has been with me since I was a child- it was beside my bed at night- I used to imagine being in the night scene with the witches and creatures. It is my most precious possession.

Having Helen in our family has alway 'pre-laid' a path for myself, as she was successful in her pursuit, therefore my career has appeared more tangible- if that makes sense. Although I never knew her as an adult, she passed when I was six, I feel i have some sort of connection to her. I often think and wonder what she would do in situations that I find myself in.

So thank you Helen

I hope to organise a exhibition to honor her next year.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Brendan van den Bosch

Welcome to Brendan van den Bosch's covetable three colour silkscreen prints. They really capture your eye as well as playing with words, messages and social commentary- these works operate on many levels- as good work dose. They are 549 x 840 mm making the colour bold and dynamic (images don't give them justice). They are beautifully executed- thanks Brendan can't wait for some more work from you!


Gen's Jewels continued...


I just needed to add this post to reiterate how beautiful Genevieve Packers Jewellery is. I am particularly fond of the rings that are individual but can be built up as a cross section.

In sterling silver these pieces are that extra bit special.


Friday, February 5, 2010

DS stool revisited

We have just completed this stool in the lighter toned timber. Dad and I have always made this stacking stool, right from when we first started our practice- and I cannot take the full credit on design. This was Dads Idea and we have refined it over time.

They are made from 100% recycled timber and the dark toned stools are primarily mahogany and the light toned are a combination of Tawa and Vitex- farmed sustainably in the Solomon islands.

Very pleased that we had some off cuts of timber to recreate this covetable design.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Genevieve Packer

Well I am very excited to announce that as of the end of this week, we are welcoming Genevieve Packer to our store. We will have a selection of her cushions and jewelry.

Thank you Genevieve for joining us and thank you to fancy blog for pointing me in her direction.