Pastel art to be unleashed in the south
It may be an ‘‘ancient medium’’ but there’s no worry of it dying out any time soon.
Pastel art is growing in the region, with artists throughout the country coming together to showcase a range of works at an exhibition this month at City Gallery Invercargill, on Don St.
Southland artist Marion Miller said the Southern Pastel Artists Pastels Unleashed exhibition, that will run from September 8 to September 30, will showcase works from about 20 established artists.
Each would bring four or five works.
‘‘The quality is quite incredible.’’
Pastel was ‘‘quite an ancient medium’’, but it had an incredible following of people who enjoyed the art, she said.
Invercargill City Gallery public programmes manager Georgie Keyse, who hails from Invercargill but recently studied an honours degree in Art History in Wellington, said pastel art was still popular.
There were quite a few pastel pieces in the ILT Art Awards this yea.
The awards ran from July 29 to September 2, and showcased works from artists throughout the country.
Keyse believed pastel was a versatile medium that artists could use for ‘‘hyper realistic’’ or ‘‘very abstract’’ work with a lot or a little colour.
But in Southland there was a clear trend towards landscapes.
Keyse believed its versatility kept pastel popular during the years.
‘‘You can achieve anything with pastel.
‘‘It’s so varied, you can achieve so many different results.’’
Artists were always develop- ing and discovering new techniques with the medium, she said.
‘‘It keeps the artists on their toes.
‘‘The skill they’re demonstrating is incredible.’’
Guest master pastellist Diane Rappisi, of Texas, will also be teaching workshops from September 9 to September 12 in Invercargill and Mapua, near Nelson.
The workshops are already full.
The artwork from the exhibition will be for sale, with profits going back into the gallery and artists.
There will no awards except a people’s choice prize.
Invercargill City Gallery public programmes manager Georgie Keyse prepares for the pastel exhibition.