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.