Chatting with Claire Dutton of Auckland tailors Strangely Normal

Chatting with Claire Dutton of Auckland tailors Strangely Normal. I’m wearing my Artist Jacket 2018, their Brubeck jacket made with genuine silk velvet printed with my work. I bought my first outfit from Strangely Normal in the 1980s, and have collaborated with Claire and Michael to turn my paintings into wearable artworks since 2017. These are bespoke works and not just for myself: clients can chose the cut, the arrangement of the printed panels, and are fitted by Claire and Michael to create a unique fashion/art statement. Photo Artsdiary.

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition at Fe29 Gallery Dunedin

On a Purple Thought-Base is my first exhibition in Te Wai Pounamu the South Island (the title comes from a Hone Tuwhare poem).

No Straight Lines, Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga Hastings City Art Gallery 2023

Opening just two months after the devastating floods of Cyclone Gabrielle, this exhibition offered a bright, uplifting environment for the community to refresh themselves in.
Until science finds a cure for our condition, remain medicated, PAULNACHE 2019

Until science finds a cure for our condition, remain medicated, PAULNACHE 2019

PAULNACHE and I had discussed how multipanel paintings could be rearranged and mixed up yet still work as an image.
Roof Space, Chengdu, China 2019

Roof Space, Chengdu, China 2019

Ai Gallery toured us through China as cultural ambassadors, visiting three cities and meeting with artists, curators, collectors, and with the great support of our Embassy staff.

NEWS

Largest work to date 28th April 2023

My exhibition No Straight Lines at Te Where Toi o Heretaunga Hastings City Art Gallery provided the opportunity to negotiate with its Main Gallery, the largest un-poled space in the Southern Hemisphere.

Creative Matters Podcast

Whether you’re out for a stroll or need some aural distraction while working, you can now listen to me in conversation with Mandy Jakich at her lovely Muriwai studio for Creative Matters.

Exquisite Colours collaboration with Schmincke

My collaboration with renown German paint manufacturer Schmincke in 2022, designing the palette of colours for a Ultimate Mixing Set of Horadam Watercolours, was so successful that they asked me to devise a new set for 2023.

Newsletter February 2022

Delightfully, I’ve realised this newsletter reflects a part of my practice where elements come together to make a whole.