Now open - work by Dunedin based, MFA [distinction] School of Art, artist Jessica Ritchie. Until 8 December.
‘Paintings are a reflection upon the art of painting itself: abstract, drawing from colour, light, and music. The work is concerned with process, with the exploration of the formal qualities of painting, and of the infinite possibilities of touch with paint. Located within the context of the field of abstract painting, the term ‘abstraction’ is used in a questioning and provisional sense rather than as a categorising or labelling term; considering complexity rather than reduction. The paintings show the potential of abstract painting to communicate light and space.’
Drawn to anything reflective, lustrous, iridescent, and saturated, Ritchie’s recent paintings have focussed on intensity and exuberance. On closer inspection many reveal themselves as ‘accumulations of debris’ from building up of surfaces from scraped and gathered paint and other materials. The expressive force resides in the materiality of colour, texture, and excess.
We are happy to present completed Phase 1 of the front 'face-lift'. Thank you Charles Anderson with the Nelson Weekly. Read here....nelsonweekly.co.nz/2018/11/refinery-gets-hot-pink-makeover/ We would like to extend our thanks to the Arts Council/Refinery ArtSpace development team, NCC for support during the process, for gaining approval and funds towards the new look. Also to the Coleman team on site.
Welcome our local artists David Carson and Jim Mackay with new works for a show that is as always [we may say] surprising, wondrous, playful and at the same time with a twist into the humorous or/and satirical - yet open to your very own interpretation.
Works are in various media - grinded coffee, birds as makers of a work of art, ....
Carson and Mackay most certainly live up to what we know of them.
We will have a closing party, so please stay tuned for date and time.
Please note, due to our front receiving it's final touches - our doors will be open from tomorrow 6 November.
To stimulate and strengthen the artistic and cultural life of Nelson Tasman.