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Nigel Smith, Steve Varney & Graham Young: Three Worlds Collide
February 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - February 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 1 February 2 – 3.30pm
Three artists who started in the same place and took three different routes on their journeys, to collide eventually, at the same destination.
Their work reflects those journeys, shaping three different views to produce a fascinating exhibition of colour, shape and texture.
An exhibition of three different styles, three different genres and three different approaches from artists Nigel Smith, Steve Varney and Graham Young.
Nigel Smith paints abstract works, that also encompass photography and Photoshop images, where he likes to allow for random and improvised elements. He has developed two streams of work; his ’dreamscapes’ are often ambiguous or partially abstracted with a landscape or figurative element, and his second body of work is more abstract.
Steve Varney’s surrealist prints are based on his ideas and imagination. Varney likes the fact that in art, anything is possible and that you are not limited to reality. He sketches his ideas then transfers them to computer to render them. His biggest influences are the natural and the unnatural world.
Graham Young has built a reputation for creating paintings that capture the vibrancy of contemporary New Zealand life through realism, sparkling light and bold colour. Young’s impressive oil paintings have made their way into collections both here and overseas.