What's on

What's on
March 31 – April 30, 2017
Connections 2017 comprises five female Taranaki artists who explore the pathways through which their art has taken them, connecting them in a common thread of artistic exploration.
Dorothy Andrews
"I grew up in England but I have spent most of my adult life in Taranaki. I live just out of Inglewood with my husband Chris and a variety of pets and livestock.

My work is greatly influenced by Art Nouveau, Surrealism and ancient Crewel embroidery, all of which I have studied and admire. I use these influences to create works which express my love of the natural environment and my concern that very little of it is truly natural any more.

Our desire for material wealth is manipulating and destroying everything around us. We are greedy and uncaring. If it doesn't make a profit it is not worth doing, regardless of whether it could make the world a better place.

Even the beautiful, green hills of Taranaki have dark, oily secrets hiding behind them.

We need to stop now before we have no legacy to leave for our children.

I hope my distorted plants and animals and my lack of perspective and composition will leave the viewer just slightly uncomfortable."

Jenny Bielawski
"In recent years I have worked primarily as a fibre artist.

Knitting has played a major role in my life since I learned the craft when I was eight years old. Most of my energy in the past was spent knitting garments for my family.

Stitch patterns fascinate me and I love the history of knitting and the development of the stitch designs from all over the world.

An idea that nagged me for years was that there must be a way to bring knitting into the Fine Arts arena, so that is what I have been doing for about six years.

In this exhibition, I am concentrating more on actual stitches that help me to represent trees for the work White Forest."

Juliet Chell
Juliet is a multi-disciplinary artist, working across sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking. Her work is informed by cultural and social issues, including information technology and the influence it has on our lives.
Viv Davy
Born in New Zealand, spending many years studying and practicing in Canada, and embarking on global journeys whenever possible, Viv considers she has lived an enriched, adventurous life.

Currently settled in Opunake, the coast and the mountains stimulate a strong feeling of connection with the natural landscape. This is reflected in Viv's palette of natural pigments and a natural materiality.

While choosing to embed her making within her geographical surroundings, many of Viv's works challenge our perceptions of life and require close inspection to read the detailed layered meanings. The narratives are complex and interwoven, being informed by personal reflection on global considerations.

The current body of work reflects the disruption to the world of people with current global political climates, while also reflecting the collapse of the natural world under the pressures of climate change.

In a period of profound upheaval and uncertainty both physically and socially, Viv's symbolic making explores these changes and their interconnectedness through reflective observations.

Antonia O'Mahony
Antonia's work's mainly in etching and drawing but lately she is has been experimenting with media she has only touched on in the past.

For Connections 17 she exhibits work created in her home studio in the past year in both printmaking and other materials.

She has started study towards a Masters of Fine Art and hopes to use some of these new ways of working alongside her well-established printmaking practice.

Sow / Trinity (detail)
Antonia O'Mahony
White Forest—Ghost of trees and forests past
Jenny Bielawski


Grounded 2017 (detail)
Viv Davy
White Forest Down (detail)
Jenny Bielawski
(Left to Right)
Monsanto's Bouquet, Lady Greensleeves, Green Gold
Dorothy Andrews
$600 each
White Forest (detail)
Jenny Bielawski
Memory Cloths, 2017
Viv Davy
Left: Tea cloth $150, right: Runner cloth $150
Juliet Chell
The Flotsam Series, 2016
Viv Davy
Left: Flotsam II, $200, right: Flotsam I, $150
Black Forest — After the Flames
Jenny Bielawski
Fire Damage
Jenny Bielawski
$1000 for diptych, $500 each
Paul Burgham

March 31 — April 30, 2017
Glass artist Paul Burgham's love of nature is reflected in his work. Bright yellow kowhai, paua, fern, flax, and volcanoes feature in his lamps which take centre stage in his upcoming exhibition 'Illumination'.
Glass artist Paul Burgham's love of nature is reflected in his work. Bright yellow kowhai, paua, fern, flax, and volcanoes feature in his lamps which take centre stage in his upcoming exhibition 'Illumination'.

Paul attributes this love of nature to his mother's teachings and the later influence of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The exhibition, which opens here at Percy Thomson on Friday 31 March, has eight of Paul's contemporary lamps on show, impressive and imposing works, each of which have hours of work to complete.

Paul is an Eltham lad.

"I was born in the lovely old Mount View Hospital in Eltham. When I left school I completed an apprenticeship in draughting, then travelled and worked overseas, picking up many skills and techniques on the way."

Paul worked in restoration of historic buildings while in England and Germany.

While overseas he purchased his first SLR camera and is proficient in the technical and artistic facets of photography.

When he returned to New Zealand Paul continued down the path of restoration and conservation of old and historic buildings.
Eruption by Paul Burgham, cast concrete base, stained glass $1200; Fern, mosaic tile base, stained glass $1800;
Deco, wooden base, stained glass $800
"This evolved into joinery. I designed and built a range of woodwork from staircases to intricate jewellery boxes."

Paul developed a passion for stained glass windows which lead to lamps which he says has kept him occupied for the last 17 years. Water glass is a favourite medium

"I average two stained glass lights per year. It is a lengthy process by the time you design, break the glass, soak the wood, make bases."

The design and construction of lamps has to fit around Paul's other work, which includes commissions, repair jobs and working a few hours a week in the woodwork department at Stratford High.

Recently Paul finished a huge commission for the design, fabrication and installation of new stained-glass windows for the Mary Phelan chapel at New Plymouth Sacred Heart Girls' College. It took one and a half years to complete from conception stage.

He also worked on and laid mosaic tiles (4000 in two weeks) for the murals in the Eltham public toilets.

Paul's exhibition opens here at PTG on Friday 31 March at 7pm. All welcome.
Paul Burgham
Mosaic tile base, stained glass
Paul Burgham
Natural sonte, stained glass
Paul Burgham
Hebel block, stained glass
Paul Burgham
Jarrah base, stained glass, copper roof
Paul Burgham
Natural stone, stained glass