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Hear No, See No, and Speak No … (Richard McWhannell 1989)

Hear No, See No, and Speak No take a walk

Hear No, See No, and Speak No take a walk

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre has an exhibition of works by Richard McWhannell: “In My Own Time: 1972 – 2015”. The majority of his works are paintings, but some sculptures are also on show.

The exhibition runs until April 10.

In the Drawing Room

Jade String Quartet in Rehearsal

Jade String Quartet in Rehearsal

As we entered the hall of the Pah Homestead the other day, we found ourselves immersed in the sumptuous sound of strings. It came from the Drawing Room where the Jade String Quartet were in rehearsal. An unexpected bonus to the art on display, the Wallace Art Centre’s comprehensive collection of paintings by Toss Woollaston (1910–1998). The exhibition runs until September 6 and is accompanied by a book with reproductions of the works from 1931 to 1996 and text by Dr Oliver Stead.

The Jade String Quartet will give a concert at the Pah Homestead on Sunday, 26 July, at 5:15pm.

Drawing Room and Paintings by Toss Wollaston

Drawing Room and Paintings by Toss Wollaston

The Catalogue

The Catalogue

“I know Mt Eden …” (Peter Gibson Smith, 2014)

"I know Mt Eden like the Back of my Hand" (Peter Gibson Smith, 2014)

“I know Mt Eden like the Back of my Hand” (Peter Gibson Smith, 2014)

… like the Back of my Hand”. This piece along with many others by Auckland artist Peter Gibson Smith is currently on display at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in a 30 year survey exhibition (1984-2014). Exhibition closes January 18.

The picture below shows Peter (left) discussing his work with fellow artist Evan Woodruffe at the “Artists in Eden” event earlier in 2014.

Peter Gibson Smith and Evan Woodruffe

Peter Gibson Smith and Evan Woodruffe

Seventeen Attempts

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014 - Detail)

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014 – Detail)

Detail of a superbly displayed work by Philip Jarvis in the exhibition by Wallace Arts Award winners and finalists – love the lighting! The full work is shown below. (The exhibition closed two weeks ago.)

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014)

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014)

Pacific Images (Glenn Jowitt)

Glenn Jowitt

Glenn Jowitt

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is showing an exhibition of photographs by Glenn Jowitt (June 10 to August 3, Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography). In his Artist Talk, Glenn brought to life the origin of his images.

Glenn Jowitt achieved international prominence in the 1980s with his landmark publication Images Pacifiques/Pacific Images – a book of spectacular photographs of Pacific Island people, published by Doug Owens (1986). The photographs were first exhibited at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1983, and again in Paris in 1986, also touring to Fiji.

The James Wallace Arts Trust has recently acquired the original suite of Ektacolor prints which made up the Auckland and Paris exhibitions of Images Pacifiques.

Edit (26 July, 2014): With great sadness we learn about the sudden passing earlier this week of Glenn Jowitt, aged 59. From the death notice in the New Zealand Herald: “A photographer who captured the spirit of Polynesia. Family was his heart and soul, friends his joy. Please come and celebrate his life with us on Wednesday 30th July at 11:30am at the Presbyterian Grey Lynn Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn followed by private cremation.

Rest in Peace, Glenn, it was a privilege to have met you.

Here is a link to an obituary at Te Papa, The Museum of New Zealand.

Here is Ron Brownson’s tribute to Glenn (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki).

Dr Oliver Stead, Glenn Jowitt

Dr Oliver Stead, Glenn Jowitt and Books

Shelter Structures (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Shelter Structure I (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Shelter Structure I (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

These sculptures by Gregor Kregar are on display in the grounds of the TSB Bank Wallace Art Centre. Constructed from acrylic sheet and aluminium – almost all faces being triangles.

The City Daily Photo theme for April is “Triangles”. Click here for more contributions to the theme.

More works by Gregor Kregar on this blog – one of them is a piece in which all faces are triangles.

Shelter Structure II (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Shelter Structure II (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Shelter Structures (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Shelter Structures (Gregor Kregar, 2006)

Picnic

View of One Tree Hill

View of One Tree Hill

The grounds of the TSBBank Wallace Arts Centre are known as Monte Cecilia Park: expansive lawns with big mature trees; and here a view of One Tree Hill from the upstairs of the Pah Homestead.

Superman (Peter Gibson-Smith, 2013)

Superman (Peter Gibson-Smith, 2013)

Superman (Peter Gibson-Smith, 2013)

This sculpture by Peter Gibson-Smith is currently on display at the top of the stairs of the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. Pencil and encaustic wax on paper construction. The temptation to deconstruct is obvious – but you are not allowed to touch …

Superman (Peter Gibson-Smith, 2013)

Superman (Peter Gibson-Smith, 2013)

Art Appreciation

Levi

Levi

Last night was the opening of the Auckland Studio Potters Annual Exhibition “Fire & Clay” at the Pah Homestead (TSB Bank Wallace Art Centre). The show will run until December 8.

Having spent all afternoon at lunch with friends, then drinks and nibbles followed by speeches at the opening, my sentiments were neatly summarised by Levi in this picture who expressed his feelings rather more openly. Thanks for the shot, mate, creating a island of peace amidst all the crowd!

To prove that I was not completely reduced to people watching, I add an image from the exhibition. Ceramic artist Richard Naylor has featured on these pages before. He had two works accepted into the show. Here a striking collection of “13 Blue Bottles”. And as the red dot shows, it sold right away. Congratulations Richard.

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

The Art of Conversation (Anah Dunsheath)

The Art of Conversation (Anah Dunsheath)

The Art of Conversation (Anah Dunsheath)

A humoristic take on our cell phone habits by sculptor Anah Dunsheath. Made from marine grade steel, it is owned by the TSB Wallace Art Centre in Hillsborough, where it can be seen in the garden.

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