Ti­maru artist’s first ex­hi­bi­tion

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KOREN ALLPRESS

An up and com­ing Ti­maru artist’s first ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures a col­lec­tion of works in­spired by na­ture.

Hamish Beat­son, 20, has been paint­ing with Ti­maru artist Wayne Pa­trick for about a year.

Beat­son said he was in­spired by Vin­cent van Gogh and ‘‘na­ture in gen­eral’’, in par­tic­u­lar the night sky; ‘‘the con­stel­la­tions, the moon’’.

The ti­tle of his ex­hi­bi­tion Contr-artist was a play on the words con­trast and artist.

Mum, Kay Beat­son, said Hamish was also keen on draw­ing and writ­ing.

‘‘He draws ev­ery sin­gle day at home ... I would say he’s a pro­lific writer.’’

Kay said Hamish was autis­tic, and art and writ­ing were both good ways for him to ex­press him­self.

Pa­trick said dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 12 months he had in­tro­duced Hamish to idea of paint­ing on larger can­vases.

‘‘He only sort of painted to a cer­tain size. Whether it was a draw­ing or a paint­ing he wouldn’t go out of that. But of course we’ve man­aged to get him into great big can­vases, which doesn’t sound much but it’s ac­tu­ally huge.’’

Hamish’s 35 paint­ings will be avail­able for sale un­der a silent auc­tion. Contr-artist open at 2pm on Wednes­day, April 4, at Wayne Pa­trick Stu­dio of Art in the Royal Ar­cade. It wil be avail­able for view­ing be­tween 12pm and 4pm on April 5 and 6.

KOREN ALLPRESS/ STUFF

Hamish Beat­son, 20, will hold his first ex­hi­bi­tion Contr-artist in April.

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