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Potocki Paterson Art Gallery is a creative co-operation between established and emerging Artists, with an emphasis on supporting local talent to push the boundaries within traditional art galleries . This Art House welcomes, supports, and encourages exclusive creative material, from all spectrums, worthy of gallery exposure. Potocki Paterson is not limited to a gallery, we see it as an Art House which is available to accommodate any creative venture be it, workshop, art class, book readings, launches or any other.
Oil painter David Le Fleming, recently returned to Wellington after 15 years painting in London’s Hackney Wick, wants to draw our attention to everyday people who hold communities together and often go unrecognised.
Using reclaimed surfaces like car bonnets, waste packaging and filing cabinet shelves, Le Fleming has painted large-scale, detailed portraits, including people known to the artist who he considers to be stand up humans.
The title piece, Polycycle Sigil, a bicapitated (two-headed) lion painted on a 1958-61 Singer Gazelle bonnet, draws on Le Fleming’s interest in heraldry to make a coat of arms for unsung heroes. By applying the visual language of privilege to a mundane surface, he points to the ease with which a society can consider itself meritocratic while celebrating a restricted social class.
Instead of revealing his subjects’ achievements, Le Fleming plays cards close to his chest, inviting viewers to consider how and why some people are underestimated, and the consequences for a society facing significant environmental challenges. Le Fleming, 42, has exhibited in top galleries worldwide, including London’s Saatchi Gallery, Frankfurt’s Union Hall and Paris’s Carrousel du Louvre. His work is collected by Deutsch Bank, Concord Records and Wellington’s Museum Hotel. This exhibition of new and recent work, Scrapyard Saints, opens at Potocki Paterson Art Gallery at 41 Dixon Street on Friday, 17 August and runs until Sunday, 26 August 2018. For more information, call David Le Fleming on 022 014 2686, Gallery on 022 694 3009 or see: www.davidlefleming.com
12 large-scale framed works will dominate the gallery from the 11th to 28th of July.
All recently worked out from within the confines of Cell 28 showcasing some of Kerr’s boldest and most thought provoking work to date.
They are full of colour, reflection, poetry and romance - celebrating self-reformation, freedom, and the ingenious artistic progression of the infamous Simon Kerr.
I like the art Simon Kerr makes very much.
I see a lot of art and sometimes, especially with contemporary and conceptual art, it can feel like it was created as part of an academic exercise on the part of the artist.
By that, I mean it might be well-executed and attractive (but not always; good art doesn't have to be attractive) but it doesn't feel quite real. It almost feels like it lacks sincerity.
No one could say this of Kerr’s work. It has a visceral quality to it. It feels real and that it is being made about real things in the world that people should relate to and care about i.e. trying to find your way through life when life is not easy but messy and challenging especially when life hasn't always dealt the fairest cards to you and, sometimes, you - we - make a mess of the cards we're holding, anyway. Despite the best of intentions. I like that Simon’s paintings stop me in my tracks and rather than looking AT them, I look INTO them and I think about what's there - rage and anger but also sadness and regret and uncertainty, I suppose - and I want to keep looking and reflecting on this and asking questions about what's there. The use of text is cleverly done (personally, I think art with text is always more interesting) so there can be, I guess, multiple meanings.
"A pointless evolution" I think that's possibly a sentiment we can all relate to when we're trying to go forward, but it feels like we're getting nowhere and then we wonder why we were even trying in the first place. Or maybe it's means that it's NOT all pointless. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that the person looking at the painting has to think and not just wander by and go "that's nice..." and move onto the next one. The colours Simon uses are also provocative and help to add to the mood and the overall feeling that these paintings cannot be ignored. It's heartening - if that's the right word - to look at art that seems to be made with vigour and passion and isn't sanitised.
We here at Potocki Paterson promote the acquisition of art. If you like it, you should buy it - even if it is for someone else. If you have a collection, you should add to it. If you've never bought a piece of art, you should start. Collecting is one of the joys in life. MY ART makes it easier to own original art work by providing interest free loans via selected galleries. It's the new way to buy ART.LEARN MORE
In the heart of the Cuba/ Eva St Quarter, this popular venue is available for evening hire -
book launches, poetry readings and private functions.
To book your event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The gallery will consider each and every submission. If the exhibition proposal meets the required standards, the applicant will be notified of available exhibition dates. A strong ethos at the gallery is to promote and show emerging artists in the early stages of their career.
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