A much-loved figure in New Zealand art, Roy has been painting for over 50 years, exhibiting extensively here in New Zealand, while typifying a modernist abstract movement that has become one of the world’s most significant painting genres. A humble man, and a quiet painter, Roy’s work speaks to us from across five decades, yet the work in the exhibirtion is as fresh and invigorating as any cutting-edge contemporary practice.
Clare has been working hard on her upcoming solo exhibition with the gallery – her first in New Zealand – next year. Following on from her sold out shows in Australia last year, Clare’s work offers us a moment of reflective calm; a much needed respite from the uncertain world outside. Clare is an observational colourist, using planes of flat colour to highlight the nuances within these landscapes, capturing elements such as dappled light, vertical tree lines, dense bush and, occasionally, a moment of bright joy with a contrasting colour, dash of sky, or the hint of a colourful bloom. Reductive to the point of abstraction, these are beautiful paintings to live with, while encouraging us to breathe deeply and reflect a wee bit on the majesty and comfort that nature provides.