Art For Sale 28/07/17

We look at some of the best artworks in our favourite galleries this month


Nature of Place, 2017 by Mark Wooller $10,500 (from August 9). Mark Wooller is interested in the place names that lose their meaning for those who are unfamiliar with New Zealand’s history or our te reo. He represents signs and flags, which help people to explore and perceive a given landscape, but at the same time are imbued with changing layers of culture and politics. This exhibition has been a long time in the making for the artist — who is based north of Auckland and has worked as a full-time painter for 20 years — it is the culmination of almost a year’s work. Oil on canvas, 110 x 140cm. Warwick Henderson Gallery. Level 1, 255 Broadway, Newmarket.

The Pond, 2017 by Emma Louise Pratt $4800. Emma Louise Pratt’s main interest lies in the personal and historical stories embedded in landscapes, serving as a sort of travel map. As a descendant of migrants, and a migrant herself, Emma says she is part of “the wandering folk”, always finding herself in the position of the visitor, the outsider, the other. Her children often join in her process, adding their own special details to her delicate works. Acrylic, ink, pencil light fast pen on linen, 137 x 84cm. Whitespace, 12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby.

Stone Pathway to the Sea by George Gray $6300. Traditional New Zealand landscape artist George Gray has recently moved into the area of representational contemporary Maori art form. He has also changed his painting technique under the tutelage of renowned landscape artist Tim Wilson. Working on a large scale, and borrowing themes from nature, Gray’s works evoke a love of a perfect, idyllic and paradisiacal world. Oil on linen, 1200 x 1800mm. Monterey Art Gallery, 5 Cook St, Howick.

Turquoise Necklace, 2015 by Tony Lane (until July 29) $13,750. Beads often appear in New Zealand painter Tony Lane’s work, sitting among rich colours and raised textures. Here they “deftly suggest femininity but also infinity” and are complemented by signature flashes of gold. Tony’s usually dark palette has had a splash of colour in his new series of works, Infinities, a result of two years of work. In them, he uses symbols to represent the natural world and landscapes. Oil paint and gold leaf on gesso ground, 61.5 x 125cm. Black Asterisk, 10 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.

The Popular Lady (Green) 2017 by Teelah George $1400. A young artist from Australia, Teelah George is known for her use of texture, and hopes to challenge both herself and the viewer with this intriguing and refreshing work. Oil on canvas, 39 x 31cm, Orex Gallery, 15 Putiki St, Arch Hill.

Walnuts in Blue, 1977 by Michael Smither. Estimate $65,000-$85,000 (previews from July 29) He is also known for his screenprinting and composition, and this Michael Smither painting is considered to be one of his classic works. If you stare at the larger-than-life walnuts long enough, they may start to resemble brains. Oil on hardboard, 77cm x 73cm, Mossgreen-Webb's, 23-25 Falcon St, Parnell.

thEkidsarEhighOnlight, 2016 by Jan Albers $30,000. German artist Jan Albers uses an impressive range of materials to produce assertive sculptures. His pieces range from soft gradients of colour and pattern, to more rugged and chromatic works. Bronze, 40 x 30 x 20cm. Fox Jensen McCrory, 10 Putiki St, Grey Lynn.

Butler Study 3, 2017 by Gavin Hurley $5500. Auckland-based Gavin Hurley’s new portrait works look at historical figures, such as this one of Samuel Butler. The artist’s colourful cast of characters make up a cobbled-together and imperfect history; all of them display features that seem as though they may float away, as though they are kept together merely with glue, their hessian supports or collective memory. Oil on linen 450 x 450mm. Melanie Roger Gallery, 444 K Rd, Newton.

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