Like something from 1930s noir film or Agatha Christie novel, a group of sophisticated strangers turn up at a rundown hotel seeking sanctuary. From what? We don’t know. Their secrets remain just out of reach, but each character has an elaborate backstory to guess at.
Straka is a master of the sexy and subversive. She knows how to blend Hollywood glamour and the Baroque Old Master high manner with fashion, erotic charge, and political subtext
Who is this diverse cast of characters? Why are they here? Can they leave?
Straka touches on a range of contemporary issues including Covid lockdowns, MIQ, and the politics of diversity and identity, but seduces us into thinking about these things with her marvellously theatrical aesthetic.
Elan’s work is reminiscent of Contemporary Japanese art, his ink washes (Sumi-e), reflect the simplicity and importance of empty space central to both art and spirituality. Looking deeper into his work you are faced with the representation of history.
At the core of his paintings is a certain sense of wisdom, a meditative state of self-discovery. It’s a sense of Zen, one Elan would describe as an “Aha Moment, which can often enlighten our journey.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Elan came to New Zealand in 1992 and became a New Zealand citizen in 1997. While living in Silicon Valley, CA, Elan had solo shows at The MindCenter in Palo Alto and at the St. Supery Estate Vineyard in Napa, CA. He has also had a solo show at Artbay Gallery in Queenstown, NZ in 2011 and 2020.
MIRAGE noun: "something illusory, without substance or reality."
'My work is the result of an Intuitive dialogue, between artist and canvas, with no set intentions, but with a purpose to captivate the viewer to carry on the conversation. Driven to find balance, using colour, texture and contrast to form a harmonious rhythm, eventually creating intangible and obscure realms. Nothing about my work is perfect. It is a natural process, lead by a feeling of balance, resulting in an organic final piece. From the applied texture to the frames, all put together with the same hands... If my art were a couch, you’d feel comfortable about putting your feet up. Over the last two decades, the journey of my work has helped me find the confidence to dispel self-placed inhibitions, and ultimately find the absolute freedom to express the way I know best. I’m not confidently spoken in life, but it seems I found my voice through my work. Painting for nearly 20 years from my Wellington studio, and exhibiting in galleries around New Zealand.'
Disco isn’t dead! Actually, It Never Died. Sally’s exhibition ‘Disco isn’t Dead’ celebrates one of the most fascinating times in pop culture. Vibrant colours are mixed with sombre hues and rich metallics channelled onto the mirror with physical movements, sweeping marks, dripping flicks and elaborate pours.
The works titled after disco hits from the period - is a nod to a society that was living in a time, where living free and against the norm was the lifestyle choice. Disco was glamorous, it was the music of the jet set, it was psychedelic colours, flashy golds and beaming lights.
Disco isn’t dead! The counterculture innovation of yesterday has snuck its way into the mainstream of today. Society today isn’t following the exact formulas, but rather picking apart certain key elements to create their own disco lifestyles. This exhibition captures my love for a little bit of the retro disco vibe but is mixed with the strong contemporary forms and mediums.
Artbay Gallery is excited to welcome acclaimed artist, Charlotte Graham to the Gallery. Charlotte Graham is one of New Zealand’s interdisciplinary artist’s.
Known as a conceptual Māori artist, she is Ngāti Whanaunga mana whenua mandated by her iwi.
Graham confidently tests different materials to engage in indigenous dialogue. Her work has addressed social, cultural and political issues for more than twenty years now. This consistent concern for the social, political and Anthropocene are often the spring for new work.
Lightworx Gallery Auckland in collaboration with creative powerhouse, Loser Kid is delighted to present A Safe Place for Stupidity.
Exploring this notion of creative freedom without having to conform to anyone else’s agenda, the imagery on show ranges from the carefully constructed and thought-provoking to the unharnessed beauty and wildness captured in moments of unrehearsed life.
Shot on film, all works are presented in striking black and white format - this is a rare opportunity to experience the artists behind the lens. To delve into the inner workings of their creativity and to view works that will never be created beyond this exhibition captured in moments of unrehearsed life.
Post Pop Division is a celebration of 2 friend‘s shared art experiences that started out 20 years ago as studio neighbors in the Queens Building Dunedin, after which Wheeler established himself in Berlin.
Over much of the last 2 decades, these 2 artists have travelled extensively throughout Europe. Being based mostly in multicultural Berlin has allowed different cultures room to intersect and inform their practices. It enabled travel to witness first-hand the best historical and contemporary art Europe has to offer, through its countless museums, galleries, world-leading biennales and International Art Fairs. All this is set against the backing track of the big arty heart of Berlin, beating loudly with the street and music culture the special arts capital embraces. It was a unique time.
At first glance there appears to be not a lot in common between Pete Wheeler’s and Sam Foley‘s painting but look a little closer, spend a little time in the same space with these 2 painters and the similarities will soon reveal themselves.
Celebrating Matariki with a Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes Exhibition. Join us in the Front room gallery to witness the magical nine artworks representing each of the nine whetū of Matariki.
Contrary to popular belief, there are nine stars in the star cluster of Matariki, rather than seven. They all hold dominion over particular areas of our environment as seen from a Māori worldview. In celebration of Matariki, Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes has released her newest collection of woven artwork titled 'Whetū'.
Showing in the Front Room Gallery until 21st July 2021
Aotearoa's Leading Contemporary Māori artist, Robert Jahnke exhibits his latest collection in our Lightworx Gallery Sidespace.
The Ripeka Pae and Purehuroa series engage audiences in an immersive field of interactive light that reflect customary lattice-work patterns and narratives from tribal houses while politicising bi-cultural commitment.
Jahnke has long been drawn to the aesthetic and metaphorical qualities of light, (neon light in particular). He translates neon forms into diamonds, triangles & crosses. Using light, mirrors and reflections, the neon light forms beam brightly in Jahnke’s works, creating a distinctive glow and mirrored infinity, which is simply compelling.
As the first-ever Auckland VIRUT show commences, we are excited to share with you his latest collection of artworks!
Virut is an artist overflowing with creativity, he ditches the traditional oil brush for piles of colourful magazines cuttings. This successful formula sees tiny scraps of colourful paper, meticulously layered one next to the other to produce eye-popping portraits. His larger than life collages, are complex and vivid, from a distance the portraits are almost hyperrealistic, viewed closely the original image softly dissolves into the layers of paper.
Fiona Kerr Gedson opens the doors to her newest exhibition titled – WHENUA. Front room show at Artbay Gallery.
Recently Fiona has begun to celebrate her appreciation for the natural environment through landscape works. Her landscapes capture a moment in time, though they are symbolic of a state of mind, rather than a specific place. She is deeply soothed by time spent in nature. As a calm mother teaches her child to self-regulate by being, connecting to Papatūānuku can guide us to find peace within ourselves. Fiona explores this concept with serene and timeless imagery.
For his upcoming exhibition at Artbay Gallery Queenstown, Jimmy James Kouratoras pays homage to his Greek ancestry.
Inspired by his travels to his Cretan homeland in the Mediterranean, including the ancient ruins of Knossos, his artworks are influenced by the Cretan pottery, specifically large-scale urns and vases that were used to preserve olives, oil and other perishables.
In our upstairs exclusive exhibitions gallery we present the newest collection from Zen artist – ELAN!
Awakening. This show is about self-reflection, embracing our shared humanity and expressing gratitude for the privilege of Being. It’s a recognition of where we came from, the appreciation of the unfathomable odds of life ever even happening, the gift of being able to experience the journey, and the recognition that This is it! It’s about the celebration of life itself. Enjoy the show. – Elan
Artbay Gallery presents the newest body of work produced by the king of collage – VIRUT Panchabuse!
The Artist celebrates the character and emotions of his subjects regardless of their gender, age and ethnicity. Each different, each unique but all full of emotions. The final product of Virut’s tedious practice, are very distant from the original source. Each portrait different & unique but full of emotion.
Lightworx Gallery by Artbay, is a fresh, modern, contemporary gallery with a big city feel. Located in downtown Queenstown this innovative gallery is a national first. Featuring Avant-garde works that will inspire, engage and simply wow any audience.
Director Pauline Bianchi has curated a cutting-edge exhibition space that feels very unique. Lightworx Gallery showcases New Zealand’s award-winning modern artist’s visions and ideas with artworks that are interactive and uplifting.
Take a 'Journey Through The Seasons' with Rachael Errington's latest collection of artworks that celebrate wondrous wooden landscapes.
Rachael Errington's timeless depictions of seasons and nature are created using oils and acrylics, using a special layering technique which she has developed over the last ten years. The results are distinctive, textural, and often described as ethereal and reflective of an ‘enchanted forest’.
The joint event of Artbay Gallery’s 15th Birthday & the release of
Akarua’s 25 Steps.
Through their own experience and expressions, 5 Artists have created artworks, to tempt you back to relive childhood nostalgia; the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland, and the infamous Mad Hatters Tea Party.
Memories of New Zealand's Precious Trees and Birds. An interview with landscape artist Michael Moore
He’s well-known for his minimalist-inspired depictions. He has exhibited nationally for more than 30 years and his acrylic and oil paintings appear in private and public collections around the world. His latest exhibition at Artbay Gallery June 24th – July 12th showcases his newest artworks.
The latest collection to arrive at Artbay is new works by award-winning Queenstown sculptor Tony O’Keefe.
He’s known for his use of recycled materials, particularly locally found steel. When you take home a Tony O’Keefe sculpture, quite often you’re taking home a piece of Central Otago history. Read more here.
Geoff Williams’ artworks are quintessentially kiwi. His paintings feature Kiwiana, toy cars and classic ice cream vans. Then there’s his large New Zealand landscapes, everyday still life scenes and nudes. Soulful, elegant and honest, Geoff Williams’ exhibition in Artbay’s Exclusive Exhibitions space is a must see. Anyone who identifies with Aotearoa, its landscapes, South Island culture or traditions will love this eclectic art exhibition. On now until 15th December 2017. Read more here.
We welcome you to come and view this special Winter Collection. Showing until 31st July 2017 in our Exclusive Exhibitions space (upstairs at 11 Marine Parade, Queenstown) the Winter Collection includes artworks by New Zealand's very best award winning artists and is one that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read more here.
In March 2017 Artbay Gallery Exclusive Exhibitions (our brand-new exhibition space in the Eichardt’s building) played host to creative live performances from sculptor Tony O’Keefe and adventurous Queenstown art collective Pick Up Sticks. The live performances, dubbed ‘The Autumn Psyphony’ began with a large steel and concrete sculpture. “It started out as a single structure, this ‘Psyphon’ machine,” said Tony. Read more here.