Eric’s art brew­ing for decades

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATION - CARLY THOMAS

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.

PHOTO: CARLY THOMAS/STUFF

Eric Brew work­ing on one of the paint­ings that fea­tures in his solo ex­hi­bi­tion.

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