Brushed Off

A collection of work by three local artists

Date: Nov 23 – Dec 6Space: Main Gallery

Brushed Off is a collaborative exhibition by three local artists. This is their second exhibition at Creative Arts Napier this year.

About the artists:

Karen Panton:

I have been painting, and selling my paintings for a number of years now.  I have featured in the NZ Artist – including being selected for that month’s cover picture. I have also won prizes in several competitions with my art. My twin, Gail, and I have always had very vivid imaginations, thanks largely to our upbringing, where love, laughter and mindfulness were part of the norm.   My paintings are probably classed as real/surreal. Birds and trees are my passion, but I cannot stop tinkering, and often personify my subjects.  If I am painting a cold scene my birds will often have boots and a hat.  My ideas are mostly from my imagination although I will use reference for the more ‘serious’ parts of my paintings.

Gail Davidson:

I have been painting for more than 10 years now and have been very fortunate to have sold many of my paintings throughout NZ and overseas.  I mostly use acrylic paints and love the use of bright, bold colours. I consider myself a painter of humour and am as far from being a realistic painter as the sun is from the moon, with my characters finding their shape to suit the story being told. I like my paintings to speak for themselves by tempting the viewer into a discussion, a smile or a chuckle.

Christine Parnell:

I have been painting for more than 18 years and work mainly in acrylic and watercolour, with some mixed media as well. I paint a wide range of subjects and enjoy portraying people and local scenes, finding the immediacy of watercolour an ideal medium for this. I have found that with acrylics my style is becoming more abstract. My artwork can be found throughout NZ and also overseas. I teach watercolour at my home in Greenmeadows, and also open ‘Bent Gum Gallery’ there during the summer months.

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