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I’m stoked to be a finalist in this year’s NZPPA! The exhibition of runs from 1st-3rd March 2019, in Hamilton, at the WINTEC Atrium. Here’s a link to the website page - click here

I made some work that is more experimental, using some of the texture paintings I made on site on Mt Taranaki, and in Whaingaroa Raglan, I’ll put some images of them here




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Amanda Watson by Amanda Watson - 5M ago

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Hello friends :) I have some new paintings in a show in Auckland from 9th-28th February, at the nkb Gallery in Mt Eden, if you’re in the area call in and see them. It’s a group show with many talented artists - Paul Woodruffe, Katherine Simpson, Cathy Carter, Barry Ross Smith, Neal Palmer, and more!

Here’s a link to the exhibition page - click here

This is one of the paintings in the show, it’s oil, ink, pigment on heavy card, and it’s about 700x500mm. I made it from looking at video footage that I took on Mt Taranaki of the pools up from Dawson Falls. I went up there and lugged all my painting stuff, along with camera gear, and I spent the afternoon there taking photos, filming and drawing, and really just getting to know the landscape there. It wasn’t hard - I grew up in Taranaki and went to these pools and waterfalls quite a few times.

In these paintings I’m trying to express my experience of being there in that landscape. The cool water, the movement of it, the feel of the cool wind, the solidity of the rocks, the colour, the mood that I sensed in the place. Anyway, i really enjoyed making them, over and over again. It’s almost like I paint the same landscape over and over until I’m satisfied that I have visually articulated a sense of place.

There are some images of more of the paintings on this link - click here

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I’m so stoked to have received a merit award at the awards this year. Thanks to the Estuary Arts Centre and the sponsors and organisers of the award, the opening night was packed with people and it was so good to be a part of it. The exhibition is on until the end of November at the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa, Auckland.

This is the piece here, framed by Em at Framing House in Hamilton - such a beautiful box frame, thanks Em & Steph :)

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Amanda Watson by Amanda Watson - 9M ago

This exhibition started last night on Waiheke Island and goes until 11 November, I guess the island will be crazy busy on this beautiful long sunny weekend and maybe lots of Auckland traffic…. I have a small painting in the show :)

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Amanda Watson by Amanda Watson - 10M ago

One of my paintings has been selected as a finalist in this year's Walker & Hall Art Award, yay!  I'm so stoked.  The exhibition will run from 20th October to 10th November on Waiheke Island - at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery (open from 10am to 4pm every day). 

oil on 600gsm card

I made this painting from photographs, video, sketches, and my memory of the waterfalls on Mt Taranaki - I visited there again at Easter this year. The water is so beautiful and cool, and the rocks drip... I wanted to somehow paint some of this.

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Amanda Watson by Amanda Watson - 1y ago

I've been painting up a storm lately, and here are some of my new paintings - they will be on show in Nelson at Atelier Gallery - 329 Trafalgar Square from the 7th July.

 





These are all inks and oils on 640gsm Lanaquarelle card, 580x760mm

Click here to read what I've written about them

 

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I'm really happy to have this painting selected as a finalist in this year's Estuary Art & Ecology Prize!  I entered a couple about the Tamaki Estuary and this one is called "Disturbance in the Tamaki Estuary.  I'll write a bit about it below this image....

The exhibition is on at the Malcolm Smith Gallery, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, from 9th July to 17th August

Disturbance in the Tamaki Estuary,  Oil and ink on 600gsm card

 

The estuary is a complex system of fresh water flow, tidal action, wind, and waves that change and impact its nature.  The addition of nearby residential and infrastructure construction developments add a disturbance to the health of the estuary.  It is an example of how our land is affected by the consumeristic approach to housing and infrastructure development in New Zealand.

This painting offers a turbulent image of an estuary struggling with the impacts of foreign matter into its ecosystem, rhythms, and processes.  Structurally the painting is divided by a line that hints at horizon or edge, but both above and below there is confusion where brushwork jostles and pokes about with liveliness and agitation.

I made this painting after visiting the Tamaki Estuary and making notes and sketches of the wetlands, waterways, and sky, and how they were all tossed about by the wind on the day that I was there.  

I was reminded of Jane Bennett’s writing on Vital Materialism, where she suggests things have a connected kind of relationship, this painting could indicate a new and complex relationship between the pollution being funnelled into the estuary and the natural environment. 

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