Inspired by Waikaka farm
‘‘A different style to anything we have had before...’’
Simon Morrison Deaker’s holidays spent ‘‘on the farm’’ at Waikaka in Eastern Southland have influenced the artworks he’s created that are now hanging in galleries all over the world.
The Queenstown-based artist will be the guest speaker and artist at the Waikaka Arts and Crafts exhibition, which opens on Friday night.
‘‘My mother’s family, the Morrisons, have been the resident farmers at Willowbank in Waikaka for I think five generations now, perhaps more but definitely a long time.
‘‘Many early works used old wool bale stencils and emulated road side fruit stall signs into abstracted rural landscapes and many other works have included rural icons as a part of a NZ pop culture.’’
A graduate of Victoria and Massey School of Design, he’s been an artist full time since 2002 and has works held in public and private collections in New Zealand and private collections in Australia, England and the U.S.A.
‘‘I very much look forward to this weekend’s Waikaka Arts and Craft Exhibition and am very grateful to be invited along as guest artist.’’
Waikaka Arts and Crafts spokesperson Francis Calvert said the committee chose Morrison Deaker to be this year’s guest artist for several reasons.
‘‘His art works are a different style to anything we have had before, particularly his Kiwiana take on history.
‘‘He has a connection to this district and his speaking ability was just what we were looking for.’’
The exhibition will open in the Waikaka hall on Friday November 10.
It runs until November 16.