AQUARELLE - a show in seven parts
Yours Truly on opening night, with all my ladies. Photo: my BF on my shitty old iPhone 8+.
Every artist needs to have an Artist Statement handy. Many artists don't enjoy writing them. Writing my first one a few years ago was like pulling teeth. Now, after writing and re-writing new statements each time I enter a new space with new work (be it an exhibition or a gallery like Artfull.co.nz), I find the process a really interesting, affirming thing.
What am I doing? What am I interested in? What is my work "about"?
And how much of this do I want to share with everybody?
"Aquarelle" is the word for "watercolour" in French. Our show brought together a community of painters with an interest in waterborne pigment and white paper. Our styles of work are as different as our ways of talking about it. Some artist's statements were poetic and suggestive, others (like mine) were more direct and explanatory. Many of us met for the first time on opening night.
It's really nice to be able to look at people's work and read their statement afterwards. I didn't get to do that with our show but you can. Scroll on for images of my pieces, including a video showing how Lyra developed and my "artist statement" as at August the 8th (I'm already working on a new one...).
NB: My Aquarelle artwork will be available in my online gallery very soon. Get in touch to inquire directly about any piece, via my Contact Page.
Opening night of Aquarelle at Browne School Gallery, August 8th 2023. Photo: Arts Diary
'Thrinu' and 'Jökla', both ink and acrylic on board, 2023. Photo: Arts Diary.
Lyra and Eldfell, featured in my part of the Aquarelle group show. Photo: Arts Diary.
My patron community recently funded two subscriptions to artwork mockup/staging apps Smartist and ArtRooms. I'm still working out which one I like best but the image above is what's currently possible. Such helpful tech, seriously. You can help elevate my practice and work via my Patreon community here.
View our entire show via the Arts Diary website here.
Watch a progress video for Lyra on my Instagram page here.
A word on Naming:
Currently, I name all of my work after mythic figures from Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Some pieces are named after specific places where landscapes are alive with volcanic or river activity. I use Victorian "académies" (art model photographs) as a starting point for my paintings. Making the work and then linking each figure with a very old story is interesting and fun for me, especially because so much research is at my fingertips here on the internet.
Team Aquarelle. Photo: my iPhone.
Visit the Aquarelle artists online (L-R) here: