First ex­hi­bi­tion in artist’s sights


A Ti­tahi Bay artist says an eye-check has re-ig­nited his pas­sion for paint­ing, and led to his first ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pain­ter Dave Mol­nar has been se­lected to dis­play his work along­side 500 oth­ers as part of the New Zealand Art Show at the TSB Bank Arena in Welling­ton this Fri­day and Satur­day.

He says while he grew up paint­ing, part of an artis­tic fam­ily, he packed away his brushes many years ago.

‘‘I’ve al­ways wanted to get back into it but I needed glasses, and once I got new glasses I re­alised I could see again.

‘‘ I think that’s why I stopped, be­cause I couldn’t see the end of the brush so the paint wasn’t go­ing on right, but I didn’t re­ally know why.

‘‘One of the first things I did was pick up the brush again and it was like look­ing at a new world, so I got back into it, and haven’t been able to stop.’’

Mol­nar, who works in oils, de­scribes his work as mostly por­traits of Maori fig­ures with moko, in the style of Charles Fred­er­ick Goldie, or land­scapes ‘‘ how they would have looked about 100 years ago’’.

Hail­ing from Ngati Raukawa, in Manawatu, and Ngati Kahun­gunu, in Wairarapa, he says his whaka­papa in­flu­ences his work. ‘‘The inspiration comes from within. An­ces­try’s some­thing that fas­ci­nates me, and the land and wa­ter and bush.’’

Ini­tially he painted for him­self and for friends and fam­ily, but he says his house is fill­ing up with paint­ings, and the art show is an ideal first step to­wards sell­ing his work.

‘‘It’s just be­ing able to show my work and, you never know, I might sell some – the long-term goal of course is to end up sitting on a river­bank paint­ing pic­tures and ac­tu­ally be­ing paid for it.’’

Artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Adee Hick­ford, from Pukerua Bay, will also be ex­hibit­ing in the show. She will dis­play 15 aerial ab­stract pho­to­graphs on a panel cu­rated by NZ Art Show staff.

‘‘Aerial pho­tog­ra­phy is one of my favourite forms of artis­tic ex­pres­sion be­cause I de­light in cap­tur­ing weird and won­der­ful shapes and pat­terns from the air, and pre­sent­ing them in a way that en­cour­ages peo­ple to re­think what they see in front of them.’’

This is the show’s eighth year. Each year more than 1000 artists sub­mit work in the hope of be­ing cho­sen by the NZ Affordable Art Trust.

Good oil: Ti­tahi Bay oil pain­ter Dave Mol­nar is ex­cited to be tak­ing part in his first ex­hi­bi­tion as one of hun­dreds of artists in­cluded in the 2011 The New Zealand Art Show later this month.

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