Friday 19 July – Sunday 11 August 2019
New Plymouth artist Jan Huijbers has brought together a number of well-known Taranaki artists, as well as a couple of imports with a strong Taranaki connection, under one umbrella for an upcoming exhibition titled ‘Artocracy’.
The exhibition has been percolating in Jan’s mind for some time as he feels there aren’t many opportunities within the province where ‘celebrated’ local artists can exhibit their work en masse, to enrich the artistic appreciation and understanding of our local community, to provide a window into what makes the local art world click, like a jigsaw with a number of odd-shaped and individualistic shapes which magically comes together as an artistic map for our artistic realm.
This exhibition, with 52 artists selected by Huijbers, will reflect the ‘soul’ work of these professional local artists, representing years of expression through art, each as individualistic as the artist who is creating the work. Artists are asked to select ‘meaningful’ pieces, meaningful to them personally.
Huijbers says the ‘intention’ of his own work is to make the viewer aware of the need to take care of our environment, especially our vast blue Pacific beauty. Migrating to Aotearoa in 1983 from the Netherlands, Jan has since adopted the Pacific influence and develops his own insights of its methodologies.
Huijbers has created the exhibition, calling on some well-known and celebrated names including Michael Smithers, Marianne Muggeridge, Dale Copeland, Paul Hutchison, Filipe Tohi and Roger Morris. Added to this fine art mix are a number of relatively new emerging artists, who have caught Huijber’s attention.
Some artists may be left wondering why they have missed the short list, but this is also a personal journey by Huijbers who has selected artists who have touched him in some way, who have influenced him, or drawn his admiration. He is, after all, the curator.