Art teacher’s ex­hi­bi­tion

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Tay­lor Jensen Fine Arts in Palmer­ston North is host­ing

New Works on Pa­per by Wil­lie Docherty from Au­gust 25 to Septem­ber 15.

Wil­liam ‘Wil­lie’ Docherty is Head of Vis­ual Arts at Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School. En­ti­tled Changes the ex­hi­bi­tion con­sists of 24 new paint­ings on pa­per de­rived from a se­ries of land­scapes pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited by the artist.

“Th­ese new works share the same start­ing point, the New Zealand land­scape, ever chang­ing and per­ma­nent and the New Zealand sky­line con­stantly in a state of change,” Docherty said.

This ex­hi­bi­tion is Wil­lie’s first solo show at Tay­lor-Jensen Fine Arts. Pre­vi­ously his work has been in­cluded in the bian­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion of the Manawatu¯ Art Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Docherty was born in 1953 in Glas­gow, Scot­land on Jan­uary

8, a date he proudly shares with Elvis Pres­ley, Stephen Hawk­ing and David Bowie.

“On my first day of school I met a boy in my class whose birth­day also fell on the same day,” The artist said. “We both shared the same pas­sion for art. When you grow up in Glas­gow you need an edge, a point of dif­fer­ence, and we made art ours.”

Docherty holds a BA (Hons) and a Post Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Ed­u­ca­tion with Dis­tinc­tion. In ad­di­tion to be­ing HOD Vis­ual Arts at Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School he is also a House­mas­ter at Col­lege House, the seven-day board­ing fa­cil­ity at the school.

“Bowie sang about Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes, which in­spired me to use Changes as the ti­tle of this ex­hi­bi­tion.”

Docherty is also a poet and a fan of Rob­bie Burns. He has re­cently writ­ten: “We take a leap of faith, into the great un­known. We de­stroy in or­der to recre­ate. There are per­sonal tales that change our di­rec­tion, our des­tiny.

A re­cep­tion to hon­our the artist will be held on Satur­day Au­gust 25 from 1-3pm at Tay­lor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 Ge­orge Street, Palmer­ston North.

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Wil­lie Docherty ex­hibits works at Tay­lor Jensen Fine Art.

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