Art cre­ative not paint­ing pretty

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

Jodi Newn­ham isn’t in­ter­ested in paint­ing pretty pic­tures.

The ver­sa­tile Auck­land-based artist will have a range of work for sale at the up­com­ing Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School Fine Art Show 2016.

‘‘I just re­ally love tex­tu­ral things or sculp­tural things, I don’t paint pretty pic­tures,’’ the mother-of-two says.

De­spite this Newn­ham still in­tends for peo­ple to be able to re­late to her work.

‘‘I al­ways hope so, whether it’s the colour that strikes them or the move­ment...even a paint­ing I’ve got here [in the art show] is pre­dom­i­nantly blue but for me it was all about the move­ment and just the ges­ture in the move­ment of, say, the brush and the form.’’

It all be­gan for Newn­ham when a teacher at pri­mary school said she was go­ing to be a great artist.

‘‘Maybe it was that one teacher say­ing that that got into my brain and I thought ’ you know what, that’s what I’m go­ing to be’.’’

The Point Che­va­lier res­i­dent is now the founder and direc­tor of Swag De­sign Ltd, an in­te­rior de­sign com­pany.

But Newn­ham says she’s not the type of artist to chan­nel her ex­pres­sion into one style - she has broad cre­ative out­lets which in­cludes mak­ing jew­ellery, restor­ing fur­ni­ture and sewing clothes.

‘‘It’s all about hands...I know I’m prob­a­bly not one of your tra­di­tional artists where you get a style and you run with it and de­velop it.

‘‘Where I am at the mo­ment, a lot of it is self-dis­cov­ery I sup­pose.’’

Even her mother reg­u­larly tells her she needs to slow down, stop and fo­cus.

‘‘I get itchy feet, I do one thing and then I’m like ‘yeah that was OK that worked but I want to do some­thing else’...maybe I haven’t had a eureka mo­ment of ‘this is it for me’.’’

First launched in 2014 the MAGS art show runs from Fri­day to Sun­day and aims to raise funds for the school. This year’s event kicks off on the evening of Au­gust 19 with an art auc­tion. Satur­day and Sun­day are free with a se­lec­tion of small-scale work avail­able for $50 each. Cu­ra­tor Clare Mora says it’s about rais­ing aware­ness of the school’s artis­tic side as well as fundrais­ing. ’’Last year was about a 40-45 per cent in­crease on the year be­fore...this year we’ve im­proved many sys­tems that it should be bet­ter again hope­fully.’’

The show also in­cludes works by 146 stu­dents.

Artist Jodi Newn­ham and cu­ra­tor Clare Mora are ready for the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School Fine Art Show 2016.

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