Hue & Cry

Bold colour and strong statement by leading NZ artists

Fatu Feu'u, Jeff Thomson, Michael Smither, James Robinson, Nigel Brown, JS Parker, Roy Good, Michel Tuffery
12 December 2015 to 23 January 2016

Preview: 12 December 4-6pm

Hue & Cry brings together an exhibition of bold, uplifted colour, and powerful statement, by leading collectible New Zealand artists. (Read below for more detail on the works).
We will be closed in the few days prior to Christmas, see below for our hours.

Hue & Cry brings bold colour & strong statement by major NZ artists into the gallery for December-January. Fatu Feu’u captures a sense of abundance and luminous summer light in three of his most uplifting series of works; Jeff Thomson infuses new corrugated iron works with seductive colour; Michael Smither explores subtle shifts of hue in screenprints which pare back his colour harmonics to minimalist, pure compositions; and a new large-scale painting by JS Parker is as joyous as the Feu’u works, taking the viewer into dreamy space between those intense reds of evening light. Roy Good complements this with subtle hues floating in meditative space.

If that’s the Hue, then the Cry is equally evident in the powerful textured works of James Robinson, resulting from his residency in the Australian bush, at Dunmoochin near Melbourne. He continues to go from strength to strength, gathering the detritus of human existence and occupation into beautifully balanced abstracts. Nigel Brown remains as sharp a commentator as ever, and Romantic Mountains (above), packs a visual punch beyond its scale with a caution about highways and tourist dollars in Fiordland. The dramatic screenprint by Michel Tuffery – a whale finding sanctuary with flower lei, not harpoons, being cast over it – is the latest work by leading artists created to raise funds for the National Whale Centre. The NWC development hub is just across from the gallery on the Picton waterfront.

We have new lapis lazuli rings by Lindsay Missen and earrings by Jeremy Leeming; and books on Fatu Feu’u, Barry Cleavin, Don Binney, Roy Good and JS Parker. Also a wide range of limited edition prints by collectible NZ artists — with new stock by Michael Smither and Max Gimblett; plus small artworks by Llew Summers, Graham Bennett and Gerda Leenards. If you would like to see other works from the stockroom, please call or email.

SUMMER HOURS (until January 2): The gallery is closed 21-29 December, and 1-5 January. Open on request on 30-31 December.

From 6 January, open as usual Weds-Sat 12-5pm, but very happy to open on request on other days and times if you are visiting Picton, please call or text 0274 408 121.