Fiona Pardington


Tui Wing and Organic Strawberry Ripiro Beach. 2012 Fiona Pardington.

I have been using this image recently  as a bit of a reference for the large tui painting I’m working on.
If you were in the room with this photograph it’s likely you would want to get up close and then range around to see it from all angles and distances.
It’s over sized and immaculately printed.
I kind of want to get around the back of it and see what is propping up the wing.
The strawberry is over ripe, I can almost taste it and certainly smell it.
The gloom gobbles up the sad whiff of the (imagined) tui meat.
There is likely to be a stack of symbolism in this thing, historical, cultural and personal, but for me just now it is simply hauntingly and beautifully elegant, if a little pungent.
What is it for you?

Get ye to Wellington
A Beautiful Hesitation runs from August 22 to November 22 at Wellington’s City Gallery.
Over a 100 of Fiona’s works, spanning 30 years.

More interesting stuff about one of New Zealand’s most celebrated photographers




Art and About

If you are in Auckland

in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015
is highly recommended

Complex and vast in scale, artist Lisa Reihana’s 25-metre wide by four-metre high panoramic video and sound work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of the Pacific.
From Saturday 2 May – Sunday 30 August, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki exhibits one of the most ambitious screen-based art installations to come out of contemporary art practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Barry Brickell

His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Auckland

Until Sunday 31 May 2015 10:00am – 4:30pm







‘Priceless’ Maori portraits head to Europe gallery

Portraits by nineteenth century painter Gottfried Lindauer will form part of a major retrospective exhibition at the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
This is pretty cool because Lindauer was a bohemian and I live in Puhoi which is a bohemian village. When we first moved here I though Puhoi was a bohemian village because lots of artists
lived here and I had fond imaginings of a village full of painters and poets.

Source NZ Herald



Interesting Art Links

Need to go down a rabbit hole of art stuff?

This is one of my  favorite  paintings ever,
and recently I was sent this link to
New Zealand On Screen –  Profiles – Philp Clairmont

philip clairmont the scared couch

Philip Clairmont the scarred couch

zina nicole lahr
Zina Nicole Lahr –  Creative compulsive disorder
Zandra Rhodes how to use a sketch book

Art Books
Art Movies

Art of Noise Colour Explosions
What music looks like in paint…

Getty Publications Free Virtual art books
I need a long long afternoon to browse this lot…

Art and Music collide in 70 Million by Hold Your Horses
This clip never fails to make me smile

Inspiring Movies for Artists, Designers and Art lovers

I found a link so you can watch Art and Copy online

This is an amazing Pinterest  art collection.
Belonging to NZ  visual art student Marisa Vodanovich. I love it.

Cliftons Art Prize 2015

Sheree Stone large off sett I

Cliftons Art Prize – Something to think about for next year

The Art Prize is a celebration of art and helps raise the profiles of local emerging artists and has promoted thousands of artists since its inception in 2001.
Every year, local artists across Asia Pacific are encouraged to enter the online competition with a submission of their artwork. Entries are reviewed by independent and accomplished judges with finalists’ artworks exhibited in Cliftons venues in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

  • Entries open 15 April and close 31 July 2015
  • Finalists’ artworks will be exhibited at the entrant’s nominated Cliftons venue
  • Exhibitions will run from 7 October to 11 December 2015
  • Winners will be announced at VIP Awards Evenings in on 19 November 2015
  • The overall winner will collect a AUD$10,000 cash prize, with each regional winner collecting AUD$2,000.
  • People’s Choice Awards will be selected by popular vote via online and in-venue voting

Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork to 65,000+ Cliftons corporate clients

It is free to enter and entry is by online submission of work.
Putting it my calender now.

You can check the 2014 winners and get more information here

The Drowned World – Virtual Exhibiton

The Drowned World exhibition was launched at Silo6 Dec 4th
curated by  Daniel Michael Satele,
it is the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust’s 6th annual tertiary students’ group exhibition
For full details of the exhibition check here

A virtual exhibition is a great way to engage.
I enjoyed all the work – a mixture of film, photography and line work.
Perhaps my favorite  piece was by  Elyjana Roach – The City that Waits
Source Art New Zealand