Tony Gallagher, multi-media artist, was born in Scotland and came to live at Tokarahi in the Waitaki Valley in 1991 after several years spent working as a stained-glass artist in Ireland. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art, specializing in murals and stained glass, sculpture and printmaking. He brings a rich splash of colour to the valley with his broad burr – which becomes almost incomprehensible when he’s really worked up about something – his extraordinary musicianship and the different modes of his art that present monumental expressions of human activity and a sense of place.
These days his work is figurative and representational, showing musicians, people at work and in their environment. He sees his subject matter as universal, although it is particularly drawn from his own experience as a musician and from his exposure to the work of the expressionist artists of Germany and Belgium. Moving freely between drawing and painting, modelling, casting, etching and screen printing, Tony is currently working on a series of sculptures and prints for exhibition in New Zealand and overseas. Studio visits by appointment, (03) 431 2895.
Burns Pollock is the undisputed regional painter of the Waitaki Valley in the same sense that, a generation previously, Austen Deans, Douglas Badcock and Colin Wheeler were unmistakably identified as the regional painters of South Canterbury, Central Otago and North Otago respectively. A Duntroon local, Burns’ paintings convey an idiosyncratic take on his unique limestone landscape.
He takes watercolour painting to a new level to convey the intensity of the local light and the fine detail he delights in portraying.
He has an impressive collection of New Zealand paintings and colonial artefacts, having chosen the latter, he says, not only for their beauty but for the lifestyle they represent and the stories they tell. The stories invariably find a place in his paintings and it’s this love of the landscape and social history of the Waitaki Valley that has kept him here for more than 70 years. He is a founding member of, and remains closely associated with, the Vanished World Fossil Centre and the historic Nicols Blacksmiths Shop at Duntroon. Studio visits by appointment,
(03) 431 1516.