Gordon Harris Award at Waiheke

I was honoured to win the Gordon Harris award at the 2023 Walker and Hall Art Awards at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery last weekend.

Many thanks to the Gallery, the sponsors Walker and Hall, Gordon Harris Art Materials and the Cable Bay Vineyard for hosting the Gala dinner. A huge thanks to Lonnie Hutchinson the judge.

Also congratulations to the other award winners and all the artists who made for a wonderful evening.

‘Outsider’ – a solo exhibition

The opening of ‘Outsider’ is at 6.00 to 8.00pm on Friday 12th March at Föenander Gallery in Mount Eden.

The show represents my new work from the past year and it is my first true solo show at Föenander Galleries. Previously I have exhibited with the sculptor Ramon Robertson or had a joint show with another painter, photographer or printmaker.

Laurence Yep writes, ‘Despite the implication that the outsider is alone or excluded from the majority, the sense of being outside has a familiar ring for many of us. The outsider is a dominant theme in literature & film. Whether historical and contemporary fiction, science fiction, or fantasy, readers – and viewers – experience the magic and wonder in the world that can be found by shifting perspective and seeing things instead as outsiders.’

Yep, L. (2005). The Outsider in Fiction and Fantasy. The English Journal, 94(3), 52-54. doi:10.2307/30046419

Seeing things from the perspective of an outisder resonates with Carter’s reimagining of the everyday, and ordinary things around the city; rubbish bins, buildings ready for demolition, various bits of machinery and so on.  These things are the detritus of city life. Continuing with his search for discovering new ways to see the city as the ‘Flânuer’ – this series sees Carter introduce familiar characters and narratives from literature and cinema.

All are welcome. https://www.foenandergalleries.co.nz/

The opening can extend into Saturday for those that can’t make it on Friday night.

The lockdown series

Now that the country is in lockdown due to the virus it is an opportunity to get on with some work in the studio. So, I’ve been painting a series of urban paintings in which I’m continuing my exploration into colour in particular the effect of colour and subjective colour schemes. This exploration relates to and moves on from my interest in the psychology of urban space.

For now though I’ve paused the painting as I’ve run out of canvases and boards and so I’m building up a stock of them.

Tightening the clamps. I use the polyurethane expanding glue which reacts with moisture to cure. The support struts are half lap jointed in the corners.
I am cutting the joints here by hand. I probably should get a power tool for this as I must have cut thousands of these joints.