ARTIS Gallery · UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Due to current COVID restrictions in Auckland, ARTIS Gallery has postponed the upcoming exhibitions for Ray Ching, Michael Smither, Andy Leleisi’uao and Brendan Burns. New exhibition dates will be released soon.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery at level 2. For more information on our upcoming exhibitions click on the artist names above or scroll down for a brief exhibition description.
Contact us for further details or to express interest in any of these exhibitions.
Fabled Lands is a new limited edition book by artist Ray Ching. Containing the artist’s own selection of paintings and drawings spanning more than 50 years, and accompanied by his own hand-scripted commentaries, this magnificent book is limited to 150 copies.
The upcoming Exhibition and Book Launch will include works from the past 25 years of the artist’s career as well as a selection of new limited editions prints.
In these uncertain times it is a gift when some things stay the same. Ever since his first exhibition in Auckland almost exactly 60 years ago, Michael Smither has confronted his viewers with surprises, sometimes shocks, always a search and scrutiny of his singular way of looking at the world.
True to his best form, he has done it again with Here & Now -this exhibition of 10 paintings.
“These are the paintings of my old age”, says Smither. “I think now I have truly earned my name: Smither; it means an ordinary working man.”
One of the most significant Pacific artists living and working in New Zealand today, Andy Leleisi’uao has been represented by ARTIS Gallery since February 2020. A selection of exhibition works will be available to view on our website from Friday 22 October.
Immigrant communities and their experiences are central to Leleisi’uao’s works. An “artist of diaspora”, (whose family migrated from one part of the world to another) his work is reflective of his experience as a New Zealand born Samoan.
Leleisi’uao often paints in series and seen together, the paintings may be viewed as an extended narrative; taken individually, each painting provides an intimate view of a world that is at once alien and very familiar. Recurring motifs throughout his works provide visual touchstones for viewers and remind us of the inherent humanity of the figures depicted and the universality of their struggle.
Andy Leleisi’uao’s work is included in the permanent collections of Pataka Museum and Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Chartwell Collection, the Wallace Arts Trust collection, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney and the Museum of Ethnography, Frankfurt, Germany.
“Artists consistently talk about ‘light’. Indeed, it has always been important within my paintings; the interplay between reflected and refracted light which helps the ambiguous relationships of the figurative and abstract, microcosm and macrocosm. Light which helps define the difference between pictorial space and sensory space; colour as materiality in its reference juxtaposed with colour as sensation and emotion.
Nothing could prepare me for the light in New Zealand, not even the northern Icelandic light, the peninsular of west Wales, or the intensity of the Californian sun. New Zealand was similar to that moment of having new prescription glasses fitted for the first time, the clarity and sharpness was incredibly acute. It took time to adapt to the perceptions of space and form as well as scale and detail. Whilst a magical experience as a visiting artist, the more sinister reasoning behind this however must relate to the ozone depletion in the southern hemisphere.”
– Brendan Burns