New per­spec­tive on old school art form

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - CARLY THOMAS

Colin Hoare has seen many changes in his ca­reer as a sign­writer and his new art ex­hi­bi­tion re­flects on a skill set that is be­com­ing a dy­ing art.

Hoare has seen com­put­ers, com­mer­cial print­ers and new soft­ware pro­grams move into his trade and said they al­low al­most any­one to repli­cate the skills of the clas­si­cal sign­writer.

‘‘Sign­writ­ing is such a chang­ing art form. Ev­ery­thing used to be done by hand and peo­ple see signs all over the place, but they of­ten don’t re­ally look at them and see them for what they are, which is some­times art.’’

Con­cerned that his work skills might be lost to fu­ture sign­writ­ers, the Palmer­ston North artist has pro­duced a se­ries of paint­ings that cel­e­brate and doc­u­ment his work as an artist and com­mer­cial sign­writer.

‘‘I was also re­cu­per­at­ing af­ter a hip op­er­a­tion and needed some­thing to keep my mind busy. I got to re­ally ex­per­i­ment.’’

Colour is a great love of Hoare’s and a real theme in his cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘My ini­tial aim is to pro­duce work that is big and bright. I am try­ing to cre­ate paint­ings that when dis­played would lift a room.’’

Known for his re­al­is­tic por­trait paint­ings and pen and water­colour wash draw­ings, Hoare said these new works have taken him in a slightly dif­fer­ent direc­tion.

‘‘It’s me just ex­per­i­ment­ing with paint and hav­ing a bit of fun play­ing with colour. It’s been quite ex­cit­ing be­cause it is so dif­fer­ent from what I have nor­mally done.’’

Hoare is a self-taught artist who was recog­nised last year at the Feild­ing and District Art So­ci­ety mem­bers ex­hi­bi­tion where he won three awards for his paint­ings, in­clud­ing a premier award for best of show.

Given Time and Space: Ab­stracted Im­agery, by Colin Hoare, runs at Tay­lor Jensen Fine Arts un­til Jan­uary 31.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Palmer­ston North artist Colin Hoare’s new ex­hi­bi­tion has taken him in a new direc­tion.

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