From 4 – 23 February ARTIS is exhibiting ten of our artists whose works are currently in the highly acclaimed sculpture show – Sculpture in the Gardens – at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.
John Edgar, Lucy Bucknall, Marian Fountain, Bill Hayes, Christine Hellyar, Richard Mathieson, Neil Miller, Llew Summers, Marte Szirmay and Jim Wheeler.
John Edgar: Edgar’s work investigates human interaction with resources in the modern world, and is internationally recognized for its understanding of the ancient craft of stone working.
Lucy Bucknall: Bucknall’s bronze sculptures are done in Phosphor bronze. She welds elements together rather than casting the work using a mould, so every piece is unique.
Marian Fountain: Fountain melds the inspiration of the rich diversity of European art, history and culture with her New Zealand roots and the cultures of the Pacific.
Bill Hayes: Hayes grew up in New York where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. Immigrating to New Zealand in 1998, Hayes continues to work in both bronze and ceramics from his studio at the Lake House Art Centre in Takapuna.
Christine Hellyar: Hellyar has been a leading New Zealand sculptor for over four decades. Hellyar draws much of her inspiration from the plants and textiles of the Pacific.
Richard Mathieson: Mathieson has exhibited widely in New Zealand dealer and public galleries and has work in public spaces in Auckland and in Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.
Neil Miller: Miller defines himself as a painter who works in metals. His works often explore concepts of duality.
Llew Summers: Summers is best known for his distinctive sculptures of the human form. He has been exhibiting in solo and group shows since 1971 and his large public artworks can be seen in outdoor settings throughout New Zealand.
Marte Szirmay: Szirmay was born in Hungary and now lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Art making for Szirmay is about creating a language of signs and symbols that transcend regional, cultural and social limitations. The works are often conceptualized in terms of focusing devices for ‘healing, meditation and contemplation’.
Jim Wheeler: Wheeler’s interest in plants, how plant communities evolve and environmental issues continues to inform his sculptural practice. His large-scale works are grounded in nature and exemplify both his skill as a sculptor and his passion for environmental issues.