Exhibition

Yvette’s Adieu

A painting 'studio sale'

Date: Jun 24 – Jul 24Space: Mezzanine

Yvette O’Neill is an established Hawke’s Bay Artist and the CAN Bookings Coordinator, sadly leaving the team at the end of July.

To celebrate her last month working at CAN, before she moves to pastures new in Cambridge, Yvette is saying ‘adieu’ by holding an exhibition. She considers this both a pleasure and a necessity, as her paintings can’t be taken with her and are priced to sell.

Those of you that know Yvette well, will be sad to say goodbye. We are collecting contributions towards a beautiful handmade present for her, that will be presented at her farewell. If you would like to contribute, and/or attend Yvette’s farewell, please email Lisa at manager@thecan.co.nz. Thank you.

About Yvette:

Yvette O’Neill was born in London and immigrated to New Zealand in 1986.
While living in Wellington for over 20 years, she studied at Inverlochy Art School, and during a creative career, had 14 years in the photographic industry, working with the top photographers in New Zealand. Since coming to Hawkes Bay in 2007, Yvette has had much more opportunity to paint and be creative. Her exuberant variety of styles are the result of decades of suppressed ideas, so her paintings are the eruption of her explorations and the freedom she felt.

Yvette’s art can involve combining painting, drawing and printmaking with new digital techniques. She integrates this mixed media, by having some of the pictures printed in pigment inks on to perspex. These paintings are then mounted onto translucent perspex, with space to allow light through.

In other pictures perspex is used for its transparent qualities, to give literally another dimension to the image. Using various media – from car enamel paint to glass paint, as shown in the ‘Joint Forces’ series selected by Hastings City Art gallery to represent Hawke’s Bay Art at the ‘East’ exhibition, and ‘Chance’, selected for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Art Review.

A continuing theme in her work is weaving. The patterns of individual strands creating strength and unity. Whether as woven strands, cultures, or lives.

Yvette’s fundamental motivation is to portray, interpret and share with you something beautiful she has seen. This could be anything, from the patterns left in debris, to patterns in nature, or the elegance of signs and symbols. The rest of her paintings, – they are the joy of things seen.

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