Colleen Eason – ‘Signs’ 7 May – 1 June 2019

At first view, Colleen’s paintings and prints convey serene coastal landscapes. Wooden buildings sparsely sit in abundant native bush under vast skies, conjuring nostalgic scenes of an idyllic, simple New Zealand life. Hand crafted signs selling homegrown produce display nature’s bounty in our ‘land of milk and honey’.

However, literally scratching the surface of the works reveals a deeper context. Colleen’s use of wooden beehive Supers (boxes) and handsaws as the canvas for her works invites you to examine the impact of colonialism and industry on the West Coast environment.  Honey bees play a critical role in many industries “It (the declination of bees) drives home the message about the need to be aware of how our activities affect the animals around us that we rely on . . . and also the wider environmental impact,”- Dr David Pattemore.

Colleen embraces the rural, no fuss aesthetic inherent in the signs she presents in her works. Rustic, rough textures and bold brush strokes accentuate the attitudes of a provincial, laid back culture. The signs act as clues to the people and landscape – what the landscape provides, what people are selling, what people are looking for, why they came here.

Black ball
Aerial tramway from Blackball Mine. View is looking down Stafford St Blackball aprox 1890s. Copyright 2019 C Eason.

The scenes therefore come to represent a present day nostalgia, a fleeting moment in time. From the influence of pioneering ancestors and their involvement in surveying and exploration, to current farming & mining practices, Colleen’s works ask, what is the toll inherent in the land’s original promise of natural abundance and endless opportunity? What impact has industry had on our environment, and what does this mean to our sense of place now and in the future?

Rebecca McLeod : “Little Feathers”

Intricately painted on real feathers, this series is a journey for the viewer to experience New Zealand’s unique bird-life in their natural habitats, playing with ideas of preservation and museum dioramic displays.

Each of the works are created through painting on feathers, glass and backgrounds

7 May –  1 June in the Box Gallery. 

2019 Exhibition Schedule

  • Prospects Fearful: Caroline McQuarrie and Shaun Matthews 5 Feb – 2 March
  • Rebecca Mcleod – 9 April – 4 May
  • Colleen Eason –  7 May – 1 June
  • Friends Exhibition – Winter Show 9 July – 3 August.
  • Evelyn Hewlett 29 Oct – 23 Nov
  • Friends Christmas Show 26 November – Feb

Left Bank Art Gallery – Greymouth

We are located on the left bank of the Grey/Mawhera River, in the heart of Greymouth. The gallery is housed in an historic building built in 1924 – the former Bank of New Zealand. The main gallery displays regular exhibits of contemporary New Zealand paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and crafts, with an emphasis on local content.

Our Box Gallery allows for new, emerging artists a comfy space to exhibit.

The Gallery Shop offers hand crafted work in textiles, jewellery, jade, vintage pendants and carvings along with a fine selection of paintings and prints. The gallery also has  a picture framing service available for artists and the general public.

An expanding national collection of Greenstone/Pounamu is a major feature of this gallery, with works from throughout New Zealand, including two large boulders that toured New Zealand to be worked on by nine leading carvers as a New Zealand project. The Pounamu Collection showcases the country’s finest jade works, some selected from the Contemporary Stone Awards.

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