Danny Blackman and Diane Crompton

A collaborative exhibition

Date: Feb 26 – Mar 11Space: Small Gallery

Join Danny Blackman & Diane Crompton to celebrate the opening of their exhibition on Friday 26 February, 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibition is a collaboration between two friends, Diane Crompton and Danny Blackman, from across the globe. “Wild Springbok” Diane and “Mad Englishman” Danny are showcasing the diversity of their cultures and personalities within their new country – New Zealand.

Diane Crompton

“In 2009 our family immigrated to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from East London, South Africa.

I have studied Fine Art under the guidance of Jack Lugg an avante garde artist with a great sense of humour.

My work can be defined as experimental and explorational with an assortment of tools, mediums and various techniques.

Everyday is a different day with new challenges which become easier the more frequently you do it, though mostly, it is the dedication for   self improvement, hard work, passion, fun and always trusting myself.

I have recently begun experimenting with form and line in metal sculpture, reclaiming recycled items from any and everywhere, you will often find me with my head in a bin.

In the future, my husband, Andrew and I would like to build an outdoor sculpture garden, nursery and serve great coffee, and once a month hold “Art in the park” for other artists to exhibit their creations.”

Danny Blackman

“Wow what a journey …..

I grew up in the Medway Towns in Kent, England. Studied A level Art briefly before heading out into the big wide world to earn a crust.

Working in the financial sector pretty much all my working life, Republic National bank of New York, Citi bank & Brown Shipley & co & more recently in NZ the BNZ.

I am married to my Beautiful Wife Louisa a Kiwi & had our first Child Holly whilst still in the UK. When Holly was 2 & with my Wife expecting our second child, we embarked on our journey to NZ to start afresh in the land of the long white cloud. Our journey started on Waiheke Island where we had a crack at managing a frozen food distribution company, we had our second child William.

The islands beauty inspired me to pick up my Brush again, funnily enough my early paintings related to the home that I had left behind rather than the stunning island that I resided, perhaps I was missing home in old blighty.

After a couple of years on the island our journey continued to the Stunning Hawkes bay where my Wife Grew Up, this is where we have settled & have lived ever since, I worked for a retail bank for 16 years before recently being made redundant. This gave me the time to reflect on what next & also reignited my passion for art in its various forms.

My passion is the abstract form however I dabble in anything that takes my fancy.  I work with multimedia, canvas, photography, spray paint, charcoal, acrylic & watercolor.

People often ask me what is that what does it mean when referring to my art to which I reply it can mean whatever you want it to mean I guess that is the beauty of abstract.

In the busy world we live in its good to stop once in a while & enjoy what is important to you whatever that may be.”

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