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.

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