“Golden Summer” Exhibition Opening Night

“Golden Summer”, a joint show by New Zealand illustrators Greg Straight & Ross Murray, opened on Friday night! The sun was out, the ice creams and L&P were flowing, and the art perfectly summed up “Golden Summers” in Aotearoa. The gallery was packed edge to edge with 29 colourful, “summery as” framed art prints, and two large prints on ply by Straight. Big thanks to everyone who joined us in soaking up this great show, and supporting local talent once again !

The show is on until March 14th, so make sure you swing by the gallery and soak up some colourful kiwi nostalgia. All of the work will be online next week too for those who are unable to see it in the real :-)

Some pics from the night below and a short teaser video for ya’ll who can’t make it in to see it in the real. Shouts to the sponsors Tiptop, ETA, L&P and Garage Project for keeping everyone cool and hydrated on this stunner of a summers evening.

 

Ross Murray

Ross Murray getting ready for the show.

golden summer

Greg checking the chiller and Ross’s family taste testing the TipTop goods.

 

Chov Bar or Jelly Tip? Thanks TIPTOP.

Show time!

Greg Straight in front of his huge print on wood “Old School Diary”

Ross Murray holding a bottle of Garage Project Summer Sommer beer (yep, Ross illustrated that label)

Ross Murray & Greg Straight

 

L&P making it a truly NZ themed show.

Happy art hoarders.

 

 

Golden Summers with Greg Straight & Ross Murray.

We’re all excited because this Friday is the first exhibition of 2017 at endemicworld! “Golden Summer” is a joint show by New Zealand illustrators Greg Straight & Ross Murray and proudly brought to you by the good people at TipTop, L&P, ETA and Garage Project.

Fellas, can you tell us about the theme of the show?
The show is essentially a celebration of the New Zealand summer. It features some recurring imagery: dairies, beaches, vintage advertising, Cortinas, Kingswoods and plenty of sun-baked landscapes. The overall tone is very nostalgic. Greg’s work has a beautiful simplicity to it which, in a way, symbolises the rose-tinted memories of our youth. And my work focuses on the idea of the summer road trip and how modern ideas of nostalgia are often linked to the things we consume. We both set out to make our artwork really evocative; so while a lot of the locations are imagined, they feel super familiar.

 

Greg Straight at his home studio in Auckland.

Greg hitting his local

Greg Straight still surfing like it’s 1989

Greg Straight holding one of his new exhibition prints.

 

Ross, describe your favourite NZ summer memory?
My favourite NZ summer is a combination of 2 or 3 summers at Opoutere in the Coromandel where I lived about ten years ago. Collecting tuatua and making fritters soaked in freshly squeezed lemon juice; that lovely long beach, completely empty except for the dotterels and oystercatchers; shady walks through the pines; driving to the local orchard to buy stone fruit and Frujus; watching the kaka fly north in the morning and return south at night; and bobbing in the surf at dusk with the bronze whalers.

Ross Murray at his home studio in Tauranga

RossMurray.com homepage illustration.

Ross Murray signing one of his exhibition prints.

One of Ross’s 2016 released prints at endemicworld.

So join us for a cold one on Friday for “Golden Summer”.
Opens 5pm, 62 Ponsonby Road. All welcome : – )
Facebook Event Page.
Browse more art by Ross Murray.
Browse more art by Greg Straight.

 

 

 

Mica Still Exhibtiion “Hope Land” Opening Night

Last Friday night we had the opening of Mica Stills exhibition “Hope Land” and a massive thank you must go out to all who came along and supported Micas first solo in 5 years. Plus to the behind the scenes helpers, cocktail makers, epic sponsors (Garage Project, Rogue Society and Phoenix Organics), friends and family and of course Mica for putting on such a rad show! Some pics below by Johnny Crowe.

The show runs until the 14th of November, come and check it out fi you haven’t, its the last of the year. or if you can;t make it you can request a catalogue for works still available.

 

 

Olivia Bezett Exhibition “Animal Dreams” Opening Night

Last Friday night we celebrated the opening of 19 year old Auckland artist Olivia Bezett’s second solo exhibition “Animal Dreams”. A new collection of 15 coloured pencil drawings with gold and rose gold foiling embellishments and one limited edition print. Still yet to reach her 20′s Olivia has accomplished what many artists dream of and thats being a full-time exhibiting artist. Her dedication, creative talent and ability to draw form the heart has created a style of work that truely stands out.

Her show is on until Monday the 31st of October, so if you haven’t already, come and take a look at Olivia’s dreamy, fantastical animal drawings. Every work is conservation framed with UV glass. A handful of work is still available, request a catalogue if you can’t make it in to view them in the real and only 11 prints remain of her Limited Edition Fox with rose gold foiling and hand embossed OB mark.

A special thanks to sponsors Lone Goat Vineyard and Sarah Starkey for taking pics, Jo & Grant Bezett for there support and helping out on opening night, and to everyone who came along to meet Olivia and purchase her work. You can view all of Olivia Bezett’s art online here.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Bezett – Solo Exhibtion – Animal Dreams

On Friday the 21st of October Olivia Bezett releases a new body of work in her second solo exhibition “Animal Dreams”. So no better time to have a sneak peek at her studio and some work in progress photographs

Olivia Bezett first began drawing seriously at the age of 17, releasing her first work in 2015. Within a week of deciding to peruse this career full-time, Olivia was in her first gallery and had sold her first original piece.

Olivia finds inspiration in various things. Usually the animal inspires her to add something whimsical and unique to it. The surreal part of the artwork is never pre-planned, it just flows and develops a personality and unique feature to make it it’s own. Olivia’s exhibition is to show people how she herself now see’s animals.

Roughly 30-50 colours are used in every piece and some have gold foil details. They are colours that Olivia see’s in every animal, and every living thing. Whimsical, dreamy and almost fantastical illustrations steal your imagination. With her work now in galleries across New Zealand, Australia and Europe Olivia is excited about exhibiting her new work for her show called “Animal Dreams “.

Show opens October 21st 5:3opm at endemicworld 62 Ponsonby Road.
You can find the FB event page here >> 
Contact us to request a catalogue if you cannot make it to the opening night.

 

 

Opening Night at “View Point” by Hannah Jensen

On Friday night we celebrated the opening of Hannah Jensen’s solo exhibition “View Point” as part of Artweek Auckland! A huge thank you must go out to all of you who joined us and of course to the amazing sponsors Greenleaf Organics, Antipodes, McLeod’s Brewery and Odyssey Wines! Not to mention those behind the scenes too, you know who you are : )

Below are some photos from the night taken by Sarah Starkey. The exhibition is on until the 17th of October, Hannah will be working in the gallery and hosting an artist talk on Thursday the 13th at 6pm (all welcome & more details below). You can view all of the work online here or contact us to request a copy of the catalogue.

 

You can view upcoming exhibitions here >>

 

Hannah Jensen – Solo Exhibition – “View Point” 2016

On Friday the 7th of October at 5:30pm we open the doors to Hannah Jensen’s solo exhibition
View Point”. We visited her studio to chat about the show, her inspiration and take some photos of her working on her paintings and drawings.

 

A multidisciplinary artist most well-known for her carved work, Hannah Jensen graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2004 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in printmaking, and transferred her skills to the painted medium in her postgraduate practice. She has since been exhibiting and working on commissions both in New Zealand & internationally for over a decade. Jensen is actively involved in the community, she has been a volunteer art teacher at Starship Hospital since 2010 and continues to donate her works to multiple charity auctions.

 

Hannah Jensen

 

Hannah Jensen

 

Jensen’s practice involves applying layers of paint to board before employing printmaking techniques such as intaglio, etching and carving to create thematic content. The results are detailed images rendered in negative relief that emphasise the texture and tonal variations between paint colours in a topographical manner. Using anywhere between 50 or more layers of paint, Jensen calculates the depth of each layer to provide the necessary variations of colour, texture and shadow in the work.

 

Hannah Jensen

 

Hannah Jensen

 

 

Hannah Jensen

 

With a love of all things nature and handmade, she also creates in variety of other mediums: from drawing and painting, to printing and engraving. Join us for Jensen’s artist talk on Thursday the 13th of October 6-7pm to discuss her life and art.

Photography by Sarah Starkey

 

View Point - Hannah Jensen Exhibition.

This exhibition is part of ArtWeek Auckland. 

 

 

 

Georgie Malyon – The Ritual – Solo Exhibition 2016

On Friday we celebrated new work by Auckland floral artist & stylist Georgie Malyon with her solo exhibition “The Ritual”. The show is up until September 6th in our Ponsonby Road gallery. Big thanks to Black Robin Gin for supplying some wonderful cocktails and all those who helped on the night.

“This new series of work by Georgie Malyon draws on an ongoing interest in floristry, the occult and the Dutch 17th century still life tradition. Floral arrangements are combined with glittering crystals of amethyst, quartz and obsidian. These are then illuminated with candles, and photographed against a backdrop of cotton or velvet drapery. Incongruous food items often make an appearance: red-backed crabs, chicken feet and animal bones. These uncanny juxtapositions are both intriguing and unnerving in equal parts, producing a sense of cognitive dissonance in the viewer. A witchy tableau, Malyon’s constructions are charged with symbolic potential. Like a spell or incantation, the images evoke both magical and everyday rituals connected to flowers as a reminder of the transience of life, the inevitability of death and the possibility of rebirth as the wheel of life turns.”

Browse all of Georgie Malyon’s photographic art prints here >>

Here are some photos from opening night. Photography by Sarah Starkey.