Wildlife in­spired art on dis­play at West­pac

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

An artist in­spired by wildlife has his work on dis­play at West­pac this month.

South African-born artist Arthur Green, moved to New Zealand 15 years ago, six of which he has spent liv­ing in Mata­mata.

A few months ago, Green joined the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts, and now has his work show­ing in his first ex­hi­bi­tion.

Green de­scribes him­self as an acrylic and pen­cil artist and paints as a hobby.

He says his work is in­spired by wildlife artist Robert Bate­man.

Green’s own work fea­tures wildlife quite heav­ily, us­ing his life in South Africa in much of his work.

‘‘Where we lived in South Africa there was a lot of wildlife, it’s what I grew up with. Where we grew up on the farm - just on the farm alone, we had 250 bird species.’’

How­ever Green says the longer he spends in New Zealand, the more his work is in­spired by the local scenery.

This is very ev­i­dent in his col­lec­tion at West­pac. The col­lec­tion in­cludes cows, ducks and one of Green’s favourites is a large paint­ing of a water buf­falo.

‘‘Most of what I paint is what I have ex­pe­ri­enced or seen.’’

Green works from pho­tos he takes while out and about, some are edited on the com­puter, and from there is repli­cates what he sees into an acrylic paint­ing.

His work is purely for per­sonal en­joy­ment, which is why he says he has never ex­hib­ited be­fore.

‘‘Paint­ing is very per­sonal, I do it for my­self. It is great to dis­play my work.’’

It is through his in­volve­ment with the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts that his work is fi­nally on pub­lic dis­play.

‘‘I would never had done some­thing like this if I hadn’t joined.’’

Green ad­mits that he is one of the younger members of the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts, but it’s cer­tainly not a fac­tor, in­stead en­joy­ing the com­mon­al­ity he shares with his new friends.

‘‘I wanted to mix with more peo­ple into arts, like minded peo­ple.

‘‘It is an older group, but they are all very wel­com­ing and nice, they en­joy what they do.’’

Last months artist, Dolly Var­den-Cham­bers sold a paint­ing, with a por­tion of the pro­ceeds go­ing to Pohlen Hos­pi­tal.

Arthur Green, a new mem­ber with the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts, has a col­lec­tion of his work on dis­play at West­pac on Arawa Street.

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