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Ande Barrett-Hegan: Ambiguities

Ande Barrett-Hegan: Ambiguities

3 – 21 December 2022

Opening: Saturday 3 December, 2 – 4pm

Ande Barret-Hegan’s work derives from a lifelong interest in the development of western art. This exhibition is a selection of her most recent paintings. Lately, Ande has focused on using abstraction, as, for her, it is an excellent process for evoking more subtle meanings and feeling.

Ande commences each work with a relatively fixed concept that she hopes might suggest an idea, allude to the familiar, or evoke a feeling in the viewer. From that point on, colour, juxtaposition and gestural mark-making determine the development of the image.

In order to avoid work becoming in any way formulaic, constant experimentation, re-evaluation and adjustment are critical. As the process develops, this sometimes takes the image to quite another place.

About the Artist

Ande began her career in education, eventually becoming a specialist art teacher. During the 1960s she studied life-drawing and ceramics at Ohio State University. Returning to Aotearoa in 1970, she took classes with Paul Olds and Gordon Crook. In the late seventies she began working with clay, and from 1981 worked fulltime on hand built ceramic forms, using painted and inlaid surface imagery.

Ande shared a studio at The Works in Devonport with Campbell Hegan. In 1988, when Campbell became director of Sturt in Mittagong N.S.W., she spent a decade teaching and making ceramics and began drawing and painting again.

Often taking art courses with well known Australian artists and being part of a group of practicing craftspeople and artists made for a rich and supportive environment.

Since 2000 Ande has been living in Tāmaki Makaurau once again, continuing with ceramics and paintings. In 2015 she made the decision to commit to painting fulltime.

28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Auckland,0624New Zealand
09-963 2331
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December 3 @ 10:00 am December 21 @ 4:00 pm

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