Category Archives: Artist

Wanaka: Infinite Shades of Blue

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

'Encircling the Baroque' by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

‘Encircling the Baroque’ by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

'China, China' by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

‘China, China’ by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

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Street Art Dunedin-Style 3

It just keeps on getting better! Even though some of it was painted without permission, we love it just the same!

Albany Street

Albany Street

Water Street (by Yohann Meker, France)

Water Street (by Yohann Meker, France)

Glenleith

Glenleith

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

George Street

George Street

Vogel Street (by Jon Thom, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Jon Thom, Dunedin)

Water Street (by Be Free, Australia)

Water Street (by Be Free, Australia)

Vogel Street (by Sam Ovens, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Sam Ovens, Dunedin)

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

George Street

George Street

Vogel Street (by Andy McCready, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Andy McCready, Dunedin)

If you’d like to see even more Dunedin street art, take a tour following the ‘Street Art Trail’ map here.

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London’s Calling

There’s so much to do and see it’s hard to know where to start! Here we’ve combined some fashion, art and iconic buildings. It was a coincidence that pieces by Dunedin designers happened to match the Tower Bridge paintwork. No sign of Victoria Beckham at the opening of her new shop on Dover Street but the interior did look very chic.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

'Victoria Beckham' on Dover Street

‘Victoria Beckham’ on Dover Street

'Tie Fighter' singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

‘Tie Fighter’ singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

Pelicans in St James's Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross'.

Pelicans in St James’s Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross’.

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red': an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’: an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

Ceramic poppies forming part of 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation, Tower of London

Ceramic poppies forming part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation, Tower of London

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Flying With Ross

After 24 hours of flying, courtesy of Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic (rather than under his own steam), Ross is happily settling in with the swans, Canada geese and mallards, on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Reading. Here’s some of the sights along the way.

Artist in the Terminal, Dunedin Airport: Dunedin's own Jon Thom

Artist in the Terminal, Dunedin Airport: Dunedin’s own Jon Thom

Britomart, Auckland

Britomart, Auckland

A feast of retail on Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland

A feast of retail on Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland

World's window, Britomart

World’s window, Britomart

Karen Walker, Britomart

Karen Walker, Britomart

St Kevin's Arcade, Auckland

St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland

Copy of Michelangelo's Moses statue in Myers Park, Auckland

Copy of Michelangelo’s Moses statue in Myers Park, Auckland

View from The Swan At Streatley Hotel, Oxfordshire

View from The Swan At Streatley Hotel, Oxfordshire

Jamie's [Oliver] Italian restaurant, Reading, Berkshire

Jamie’s [Oliver] Italian restaurant, Reading, Berkshire

WorkHouse Coffee Company, Reading. Yay, they serve flat whites, thanks to the Australian owner.

WorkHouse Coffee Company, Reading. Yay, they serve flat whites, thanks to the Australian owner.

Ross making friends on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Ross making friends on the Kennet and Avon Canal

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Street Art Dunedin-Style 2

 

Last June, we paid tribute to the art of John Noakes who pioneered the painting of Dunedin’s bus shelters. Since then, some fabulous street art has popped up around the city, including the Art Tardis project. It’s great to see that John’s legacy continues!

Baldwin Street (by Daniel Mead, 2013)

Baldwin Street (by Daniel Mead, 2013)

Vogel Street

Vogel Street

Brockville

Brockville

Art Tardis, North Road

Art Tardis, North Road

'Human Hubris' (by Aroha Novak, 2014)

‘Human Hubris’ (by Aroha Novak, 2014)

North Road

North Road

Brockville

Brockville

Brockville (by Tony Tarasiewicz, 2014)

Brockville (by Tony Tarasiewicz, 2014)

Bank Street

Bank Street

Tuatara on Bath Street (by Belgian street artist ROA, 2014)

Tuatara on Bath Street (by Belgian street artist ROA, 2014)

Bank Street

Bank Street

Vogel Street (by British street artist Phlegm, 2014)

Vogel Street (by British street artist Phlegm, 2014)

Detail of Phlegm's Vogel Street mural

Detail of Phlegm’s Vogel Street mural

 

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Mint Gallery Blossoms

It may be Autumn but if you want to feel like it’s Spring again, you must visit Tara Douglas’ Japanese kawaii/’cute’ culture-inspired exhibition at Mint Gallery. Dunedin-raised Tara specialises in creating breathtaking floral installations the like of which we’ve never seen before! The normally plain white walls of the gallery have been colonised by thousands of cherry blossoms and the effect is enhanced by a warm pink haze of low lighting. Incredibly, each flower has been cut, folded and glued by hand. Tara hopes to take us away from the mundane world and into an “uplifting space” or “fantasyland”; this she certainly achieves! Tara is a graduate of Dunedin School of Art and is now completing her Master’s at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch. To enjoy more of her work, visit her blog here.

The installation ‘Blossom’ will be running at Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Place, until 3 April.

Perfect in pink, Christchurch-based artist Tara Douglas

Perfect in pink, Christchurch-based artist Tara Douglas

Mint Gallery turns pink

Mint Gallery turns pink

Janice, Daphne, Sue and Phoebe

Janice, Daphne, Sue and Phoebe

Miguel from the Dunedin Fringe Festival

Miguel from the Dunedin Fringe Festival

Suz

Suz

Chris and Tunan

Chris and Tunan

Blossom brooch by Tara Douglas worn with dress by Salasai from Slick Willy's. The brooches are on sale at Mint Gallery while the exhibition is running.

Blossom brooch by Tara Douglas worn with dress by Salasai from Slick Willy’s. The brooches are on sale at Mint Gallery while the exhibition is running.

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‘Colour Moves’ Art Opening, Brick Brothers Gallery, Friday 14 March

As part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival, the art exhibition ‘Colour Moves’ is a compelling and eclectic mix: bright vs muted, realism vs abstraction, and the enigmatic vs the obvious. The works are by Peter Cleverley, Kirsten Ferguson, Nicola Hansby and John Z Robinson. John’s ‘Vase of Men’ series is highly covetable but should come with a nudity warning haha. Do check out the exhibition which is on until 21st March. Brick Brothers Gallery (Dowling St) is open daily from 11am – 5pm. All works are for sale.

'Vase of Men' series by John Z Robinson. Varnished pencil & acrylic on hardboard.

‘Vase of Men’ series by John Z Robinson. Varnished pencil & acrylic on hardboard.

Artist, John Z Robinson and friend Rachael with Nicola Hansby's 'Still Life'

Artist, John Z Robinson and friend Rachael with Nicola Hansby’s ‘Still Life’

'Cactus cuttings' by Nicola Hansby. Acrylic on paper.

‘Cactus cuttings’ by Nicola Hansby. Acrylic on paper.

Brick Brothers Gallery

Brick Brothers Gallery

Detail from 'God Box Dog Box' by Peter Cleverley. Acrylic on canvas.

Detail from ‘God Box Dog Box’ by Peter Cleverley. Acrylic on canvas.

Artists Peter Cleverley and Nicola Hansby with musician Chris Wratislav

Artists Peter Cleverley and Nicola Hansby with musician Chris Wratislav

'Untitled' by Kirsten Ferguson. Mixed media on paper.

‘Untitled’ by Kirsten Ferguson. Mixed media on paper.

Nicky, Annie and Susan with works by Kirsten Ferguson

Nicky, Annie and Susan with works by Kirsten Ferguson

'Leaning' by Nicola Hansby. Acrylic on paper.

‘Leaning’ by Nicola Hansby. Acrylic on paper.

Kieran and Nick with 'God Box Dog Box'

Kieran and Nick with ‘God Box Dog Box’

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Postcards From Queenstown

Dear Dunedin,

After a relaxing week in Wanaka, we’ve hit the lively streets of Queenstown – just as beautiful, but a few more people and a cosmopolitan vibe. Trending: arancini, Segway personal transporters, stand up paddle boards, classical instruments and tight ropes.

Queenstown People

Mathias, the 'Piano Man'

Mathias, the ‘Piano Man’

Harriet of Angel Divine wears 'Straight Slip' by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Harriet of Angel Divine wears ‘Straight Slip’ by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Mon and New from Thailand

Mon and New from Thailand

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

We’re obsessed with Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ which was filmed in and around Queenstown and has been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG awards. So we sought out some of the film locations.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti. 'Sunsparkle' dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Avanti. ‘Sunsparkle’ dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women's retreat.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women’s retreat.

Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.

Fountain at dusk

Fountain at dusk

'Icon' sculpture by Paul Dibble

‘Icon’ sculpture by Paul Dibble

Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.

The Den at Dorothy Browns

The Den at Dorothy Browns

Dorothy Browns' posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

Dorothy Browns’ posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

The Arrow River

Pineapple 'Rhi-Rhi Dungarees' by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Pineapple ‘Rhi-Rhi Dungarees’ by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Walnut Cottage, near Lake Hayes, is one of our all-time favourite cafés serving Indonesian and Kiwi fare. There, we enjoyed the company of two very handsome and enthusiastic boys, Beau Beau and Jackie.

Walnut Cottage

Walnut Cottage

Jackie

Jackie

Beau Beau

Beau Beau

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Before leaving Central, we headed to Sam Neill’s (yes, the world-renowned actor) ‘Two Paddocks’ Redbank near Clyde – the least pretentious and most beautiful vineyard we’ve ever visited. We didn’t see Sam but were really well looked after by the delightful and informative Jenny Blance (office manager) who even gave us a tour of the property. We enjoyed the numerous artworks (including Ralph Hotere, Laurence Aberhart, Marti Friedlander and Bill Hammond) and meeting some of the adorable farm pets, mostly named after famous actors and actresses. And of course there was the wine!

Two Paddocks Redbank

Two Paddocks Redbank

Wine tasting room

Wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill's father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill’s father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.

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Art For Art’s Sake

Last year, we had so much fun covering Dunedin art exhibition openings and promoting local artists. We were blown away by the exceptional talent and diverse styles. Here’s a selection of their work …

Painting of Di Lusso bar by Craig Freeborn

Painting of Di Lusso bar by Craig Freeborn

'The Vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello Communities' by Alan Haig

‘The Vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello Communities’ by Alan Haig

'Egg Cup' by Nicola Hansby

‘Egg Cup’ by Nicola Hansby

'Clownfish and Anemone' by Anthea Ibell

‘Clownfish and Anemone’ by Anthea Ibell

'Untitled' by Phil Madill

‘Untitled’ by Phil Madill

Bus shelter, Company Bay, painted by Daniel Mead: a tribute to John Noakes

Bus shelter, Company Bay, painted by Daniel Mead: a tribute to John Noakes

'Generational' by Abby Smith

‘Generational’ by Abby Smith

'The Sun Is But A Star' by Franky Strachan

‘The Sun Is But A Star’ by Franky Strachan

'Feathered Friends' by Mary Thompson

‘Feathered Friends’ by Mary Thompson

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Just The Boys

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …

Finn Andrews

The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).

Finn Andrews at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Finn Andrews at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Nathan Berg

This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Wesley Fourie

South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Alan Haig

This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

Frits Homburg

Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton

Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Sam Ralph

Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Jon Thom

Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

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