Artists

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

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.

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