Eric’s art brewing for decades
Eric Brew has given creatively to Manawatu¯ for more than 40 years and now a solo exhibition at Te Manawa shows the breadth of his work.
Known for his iconic murals around the Feilding town centre, Brew is this time showing off his other talents as an artist who paints still life, landscapes and socially conscious paintings in his series Iconics.
I am of this was curated by programme developer Roma Potiki, who said the exhibition was an important one as it shows a long dedication to an art practice.
"He has shared his creativity, his expression as an artist and his support of social justice and the community. ."
In the exhibition introduction, Brew thanked his principal at Mataroa School in the 1960s for acknowledging his love of art.
"For letting me detail my fuschia flower on the pool shed wall while others drew in their four or five petals, smacked in a centre and were gone in minutes. I knew from day one that I would be an artist."
Brew now lives in piti, where he has an art studio full of his works and he said his inspiration for art is always there.
"It can be a bit of a hassle. There are all these other things that are incidental in our lives that don’t involve heavy duty inspiration, but it never leaves me. It gets a nudge when I see something, when I catch something, but it is always there."
Brew recently re-painted his Palmerston North King St murals, which were honoured with a plaque last week.
I am of this will be exhibited at Te Manawa until August 26.
Eric Brew working on one of the paintings that features in his solo exhibition.