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Sarah Adam: Late to the Hut

Landscape painting by Sarah Adam

Sarah Adam: Late to the Hut

3 – 21 December 2022

Opening: Saturday 3 December, 2 – 4pm

Imagine being so immersed in the landscape that you forget the time. Spending hours trying to capture every nuance of the light as it plays across the terrain. You finally notice as it grows dark that you are cold and hungry – but at least you have finished the painting before the light became too thin. You also realise that you have 6 or 7 kilometres to walk to the next hut. 

Sarah Adam has created a visual account of walking Te Araroa – the 3000 kilometre trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South. Painted ‘en plein air’ over 5 months, the series depicts the geographic character as it transforms each day from North into South. These works display equal beauty in the ordinary lowlands, seascapes, and forests – comparable to the iconic mountains and lakes. Moving through the land, Sarah perceived its timelessness and diversity yet was struck by how short our human history is and how penetrating our impact has been. 

This series of oil paintings shines a light on what we have, and reminds us that we must appreciate what we have left. 

About the Artist

Sarah has taken a while to find her identity as a painter. She has always had a love of art and began with a degree in Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington. 

During a period working and studying overseas Sarah had time to rediscover her love of art, and in 2020 she returned to NZ to pursue painting. In 2021 she completed a year-long mentorship with the figurative painter Zarahn Southon. 

Working from life, her work draws our attention to the beautiful moments in the landscape that most of us would miss. Reminding us that we are just ‘passing through’, and urging us to reflect on the impact we have on our surroundings. 

Born in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), growing up in Whangārei and studying in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington). She is now based between Tāmaki Makaurau and the wild places of NZ. Sarah is currently working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) on the Hen and Chicks Islands, in Northland. Whilst living on these remote nature reserves she is dedicating every free moment to plein air painting.

20% of all sales from this exhibition go to Forest & Bird
28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Auckland, 0624 New Zealand
09-963 2331
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December 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am December 21, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

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