ART Exhibition extended till end of March!

Due to its huge success and good sales my art exhibition at Amisfield Winery, Lake Hayes, Queenstown has been prolonged for another month, till the end of March.

For those of you who haven’t had time yet to view the exhibition, this is your chance to get a real glimpse of what I do, those who have been can enjoy another look and those thinking of buying a piece of my art better get in before it’s all sold out!

Most of the sold work has been replaced with new works, as they get sent off to their destinations around the four corners of the globe immediately, postage included in the price! Though even the exhibition has been up for an extended time, it stays fresh and always changing….another reason to go for a glass of wine!

Alpitecture: Alps – Architecture – Art

I have a strong passion for huts and alpine shelters…. small structures in extreme places. The effect of the environment on the materials used and the weathering produced is of extreme beauty to me and tell a story of time and place. The shelters themselves are a synonym for security from and exposure to the elements. They stand for ‘time out and recharge the batteriers’, a simple life away from the clutter filling our daily routines. In Europe they are often referred to as refuge or refugio, …how well suited is that!

When first I came to New Zealand to write the thesis for my architecture degree I had no plan. I picked up a map of the South Island and was intrigued by the graphic representation of Fiordland….what else was there to write about than huts? I picked the most remote location in an already remote national parc and set to work. This was the beginning of a life long love affair with small structures in extreme places.

I love the fading colors of painted or rusted corrugated iron used in many New Zealand huts as much as the beautiful natural tones of timer, stone and plaster in the European shelters. The European Alps have a long tradition of alpine architecture, with a variety of regional styles, initally built for farm purposes and now for tourisme alike. New Zealand’s back country huts often look back on a history of hunting and forestry work instead. 

My new series of paintings called ‘Alpitecture’ are inspired by having spent quite a lot of time in both alpine environments. I am trying to recall the colors and textures of the simple structures, the glow of the air and the magnificence of the surroundings without being precise in any way. Like a very distant but very vivid memory of time and place in a different dimension. It’s more about capturing the feeling of the moment, a very intuitive experience.

 

 

Butterfly Express….destination Hong Kong

My Exhibition at Amisfield Winery at Lake Hayes, Queenstown is going extremly well. Lots of good comments, publicity, a new gallery representing me and SALES.

The most exiting event is the Butterflies departure to Hong Kong. The four of them are on their way as an ensemble as we speak. An Architect from Hong Kong bought them to feature at a contemporary Early Learning Center he designed and which is due to open in a weeks time.

I’m very pleased about this, as my first internship as an architect student was in Hong Kong and one of the five head architects of the office at the time told me one of the most influential things for my life: I was about to go travelling instead of staying on working at the office and he advised me to look at everything with eyes wide open and make the most of this special time travelling. He himself never studied architecture, but learned all he knew from travelling the world. Well, he now is one of five directors of an architecture office employing 500 people!

The four Butterflies on take of……

They  had to make an immediate departure and left the center wall free for a new display. They have been replaced by four paintings out of my new series I am working on at the moment called ‘Alpitecture’.

I spent last June and July 2011 in Europe visiting my family and exploring the Alps. I mainly spent time in the Dolomites, Berner Oberland (Switzerland) and in the Bavarian Alps of course, my home stomping grounds. I love the little huts dotted around the hills there. Some of them inhabited many  functioning as farm buildings only, some abandoned, all of them I love in their inherent beauty of history and unique style, a mixture of solid materials, a little bit of magic and surrounded by a stunning landscape. Something to be said about vernacular architecture and fitting the landscape. The Alps wouldn’t be the same without these beautiful adobes.

This week also has been very exiting as I got to experience my work through the eyes of a professional Photographer, who is working on …….call it a surprise??

WOW… he saw a multitude of art works in one single painting of mine!

Check out his work at www.wanaka.tv

I hope to get some photos from him soon to uped my website…thou watch out and keep checking in:)