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This blog details news and events from my two major passions, art and white water kayaking. I may include posts about my other active interests including tramping, rock-climbing, tennis, exploring, snorkelling, house renovation, entrepreneurial ideas and various other hybrid activities. I welcome comments and look forward to receiving your feedback.

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River Canvases

I have made three large loose canvases of river systems drawn in ink on painterly acrylic backgrounds. The Waikato, Rangitikei and Whangaehu Rivers feature on these, and will be the first of a New Zealand series all drawn to the same scale. The Waikato work measures 1700x1300mm, while the other two are 600x800mm each. These rivers and their tributaries are particularly meaningful to me through my kayaking exploits. These works are part of the Landscape show at Exhibitions Gallery, which closes Wednesday 27 May.

To tell the truth, I am surprised that people who are not similarly obsessed with rivers are interested in them, but apparently, many are fascinated by this unusual view of rivers, the complexity of dendritic patterns and the way they relate to the terrain and give insight into landform. If you observe the Whangaehu River system, it can be plainly seen that the upper tributaries radiate from what appears to be a central point, which is the summit of Mt Ruapehu. This pattern is typical of streams draining volcanoes. Further downstream towards the mouth, the winding, almost looping patterns are typical of low gradient rivers draining soft sedimentary hill country.

 

 

 


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My General Art News Update

Elena Goldberg of Showspace Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona, has invited me to exhibit monoprints of the Colorado and Rio Grande river systems in a show opening in August which also features two other well-known Arizona artists, Rachel Wilson and Judith Walsh. Rachel Wilson was recently an artist in residence in New Zealand. In October, Elena will take my work to Prague (where she was from originally) to represent me there. I have just received the contracts from her.

Denise Bryce, Bryce Gallery, Christchurch, has agreed to represent me. This is great, because I was with Fishers gallery, which recently closed down, leaving me unrepresented in Christchurch. Initially I am to produce two large river system drawings in ink on canvas. These will be of the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers. She will also take a range of my limited edition prints, including the Braided Rakaia print.

I have donated two artworks to the Ruamahanga Health Trust Charity Art Auction to be held in Martinborough this Sunday 31 May. The auction is to help fund the new medical centre there. Many well known New Zealand artists have donated work to be auctioned, including Gretchen Albrecht, Grahame Sydney, Tim Wilson, Robin White, Gary Tricker, Ian Hamlin, Jane Kellahan and others. My Cape Palliser Lighthouse print is to be auctioned along with a cubist painting 'Fishing at Castlepoint'. More information about this auction is available at the Martinborough Star.

Tom, a verse novel by Mark Pirie which I illustrated and designed the cover for several years ago, has just been published. I was always very pleased with this cover and hoped that someday it would be published!

Here is a brief introduction to the book from Mark Pirie: 

Timon Maxey’s artwork features in Wellington poet and editor Mark Pirie’s new book, Tom. Both the cover and illustrations are by Timon.

Tom is a verse novel set in Wellington during the mid-’90s.

Poet, critic and anthologist Harvey McQueen writes that: ‘[Tom] a post-modern pastiche of many literary forms, about a struggling young Generation X student in Wellington in the 1990s … the ideas are stimulating. They give me glimpses into how Generation 'X'ers think and move. Tom writes an essay on Hopkins. ‘Gerard Manley Hopkins wasn’t around to hear the blues or the beat of a drum machine but some useful comparisons can still be made.’

Tom is available from Unity Books in Wellington (price $30.00), or can be ordered direct from Mark Pirie (mpirie@xtra.co.nz)


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Landscape 7 Exhibition at Exhibitions Gallery

I have several works in the upcoming show, Landscape 7, at Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington. One work is a limited edition print (edition of 25) of an aerial view of the braided Rakaia River which I have been working on over the last year. It was inspired by my fascination with rivers, maps and aerial photographs, and also by the fact that I lived in Southbridge, next to the Rakaia River from 1978 until 1982 and my father and I often kayaked down it.

The other artists in the show are prominent artists Keith Reed, Brian Strong, Ian Hamlin, Suzanne Herschell, Gail Gauldie and Sally Maguire. The interpretations of 'landscape' by these artists is remarkably varied.

Also included is my large cubist painting of a scene in the Grand Canyon, inspired by my recent kayak expedition. This is a view down the Canyon from the thousand year old Nankoweap Granaries where the native Indians stored grain in small bricked-in caves high up the canyon walls. We climbed up to these granaries in 40 degree heat, which was pretty exhausting work!


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My Art in London Exhibition - TUHURA Exhibition

I have recently been signed up by a New Zealand agent who will market my work in the UK and Europe.

An exhibition titled Tuhura will run from 17th to 31st May in London at Gallery 118, 118 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. There will be three private preview evenings on the 19th, 20th and 21st of May from 7.30 until 9pm. The invitations to these are free and if you would like one or more please e-mail events@SouthPacificArt.com or phone 01903 696437.

The exhibition showcases the talent and diversity of New Zealand artists. In the show I will have some NZ landscape prints, and several pop-art prints.

This print of Palliser Bay is one of those included.


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NZCER Illustration Contract

These graphics consist of about 50 black and white illustrations, diagrams and graphs, drawn both by hand and on computer. My ten years experience producing educational graphics for the Correspondence School has lead to NZCER regularly contracting me for such jobs. Here are a couple of examples.

 


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Mussels for the Mission - Wellington City Mission Charity Art Auction

My partner Jane and I will attend the auction and dinner function with my Wellington dealer Ron Epskamp of Exhibitions Gallery, along with two other Exhibitions Gallery artists Jacky Pearson and Kevin Dunkley, who have also donated work to be auctioned. As the title suggests, Leuven will have mussels on the menu.

I am pleased to support the Wellington City Mission, which performs a great service in Wellington supporting the more vulnerable and needy of its residents.

I will report back on the success of this event later. 

Below is an image of my print. I made this print after visiting the Chathams in 2007.


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